The gigantic Canon EF 1200mm F/5.6 super telephoto camera lens was released in 1993, and had an original retail price of $92,000 USD or so. It was aimed at media agencies, like Reuters, CNN, Associated Press, etc., who loan them out to their on-site reporters for special assignments, such as sporting events. Due to the price, they were produced in extremely limited numbers (20 rumored), so to get your hands on one today, you’ll have to shell out at least six figures. Read more for a video of the one that just sold for $576,675 at auction.
It’s compatible with all EOS SLR cameras, including digital bodies, and its autofocus performance is silent as well as instantaneous thanks to the Ultrasonic Motor. You could also use it with the Canon Extender EF 1.4x II (making it a 1700mm f/8) and EF 2x II (2400mm f/11). Before prices skyrocketed, many used examples were available for purchase at New York’s B&H Photo Video, with three of them being listed for $99000, $120000, and $180000 respectively between 2008-2015.
- 20. 1 Megapixel 1. 0” Stacked CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor.
- 4. 2x Optical Zoom Lens (24-100mm f/1. 8-2. 8) with Optical Image Stabilizer.
- 4K 30p / FHD 120p Video.