Everyone knows I (Jake) am a bit of techie, and with photography I am equally intrigued by camera gear. Well, this lens is just crazy! They don’t make this one any more, and Canon reportedly crafted less than two dozen of these beasts. How fun would it be to take this for a test drive though?
To give you an idea of how big this thing really is, the largest lens Treasured Moments Studio shoots with is the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L lens, weighing in at less than 4 pounds. The Canon 1200mm tips the scales at an astonishing 36 pounds! The minimum focusing distance (how far you have to be away from the subject to focus) on the 70-200 is 4 feet. The Canon 1200mm? 46 feet!!! Just think about hauling this lens around Ankeny or downtown Des Moines to take some family photos…
Every once in a while one of these comes up for sale online. B&H recently received one and has it posted for sale right now. Yes – this lens could be yours. The asking price? $180,000.00!!! That is about the same as the median home price in Ankeny, Iowa (currently $192,000).
A few lucky B&H employees had the opportunity to take the lens out for a while. Here is the link to the full article. The article is worth a read for the techies out there. Fun to get a glimpse of what it would be like to shoot with the king of all camera lenses.