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01-31-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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move over, bazookma..

here comes the Howizeisster!

okay, so it's wicked old. so what..

Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens: Digital Photography Review

01-31-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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holy shit, i bet that thing can see through solid steel HAHAHAHAHA
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my god its the starship enterprise........LOL
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Not sure if it autofocuses? It would be still very dark to use at f4 with that kind of focal length. Not sure what kind of photos it is capable of ...

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That thing can see to the far side of the Moon!

What would this lens even be good for?
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Kind of strange that this is designed for a client's need ... (What kind of need ?)

To manual focus that thing is a nightmare. A flare of osteoarthritis involving thumbs and index fingers as a result for sure
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The official Zeiss page states:

This 256 kg behemoth also required Carl Zeiss to develop totally new ways of operating a telephoto lens, including servo controlled aiming and focusing.

I see they've taken care of the focusing/aiming issues. Now if only they provided a truck to lug that thing around with...
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I can see the name of the lense in the arabic on one side. I bet it is for some sheik....

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Wasnt those the mass destruction weapons that Bush Jr was looking for....
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564 lbs of Zeiss lens! That might cost a pretty penny
02-01-2008, 07:09 AM   #11
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote
Not sure if it autofocuses? It would be still very dark to use at f4 with that kind of focal length. Not sure what kind of photos it is capable of ...
It is just as bright as a 50mm F/4.0
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Says the customer wanted it to shoot wildlife. I guess he can get in his high rise and aim it at Africa and have a safari from his balcony or he is compensating for the lack of size in another department. Probably just has it so he can say he has it. Whoever says money can't buy happiness ought to be slapped
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My Goodness ! My back hurts just looking at it .
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QuoteOriginally posted by dantuyhoa Quote
My Goodness ! My back hurts just looking at it .
What! are you kidding? This was commissioned by some Arab oil baron. He has a bevy of nubile young maidens to set up for him!

NaCl(wanted: 8 young fashion models, each must be able to lift at least 70 lbs)H2O
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
What! are you kidding? This was commissioned by some Arab oil baron.
Is this a guess or a presumption? My thoughts were different. I immediately associated this with that Virgin-chief, Sir Richard Branson. Not only does he live in a very wealthy palace in the neighbourhood of beautiful wildlife (near the Kruger Park, South Africa).

This is what I'm referring too.

He also had the text "mine is bigger than yours" printed on one of his Virgin airplanes A340-600 (that would be a nice lens, too, btw!). Cannot find the image.

And he can afford this lens, I think. Now that the dollar is cheap...

So he should be it.
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