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01-06-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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The Canon "Cannon".

Quite possibly the most powerful prime lens ever built. The $55,000 price tag actually doesn't seem bad at all to me, because I thought items like this probably cost 7 digits to develop and produce.

Canon 5200mm f/14 lens

It's only manual focus though, so I think I'll pass.

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Is that what they use to photograph noble people's breasts?
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QuoteOriginally posted by EarlVonTapia Quote
Quite possibly the most powerful prime lens ever built. The $55,000 price tag actually doesn't seem bad at all to me, because I thought items like this probably cost 7 digits to develop and produce.

Canon 5200mm f/14 lens

It's only manual focus though, so I think I'll pass.
It's an FD-mount mirror lens. Talk about a serious donut-bokeh monster! Probably remarkably similar to astronomical telescopes, so the R&D didn't have to be too outlandish.

Some sources say it was designed (in the 1960's) for nuclear test observation. More likely for some kind of bizarre one-upmanship between manufacturers... where Leica kicks butt on price for a non-mirror lens for SLR, and Zeiss recently made a monster for medium format.

I think Clinton and SMC must be feeling pretty good about their Pentax 1200mm f/8's right around now...

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Civilian one: http://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/leica-most-expensive-lens

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Maybe the lens can capture his whole name!

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That Zeiss lens looks like a submarine!
01-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by EarlVonTapia Quote
Quite possibly the most powerful prime lens ever built. The $55,000 price tag actually doesn't seem bad at all to me, because I thought items like this probably cost 7 digits to develop and produce.

Canon 5200mm f/14 lens

It's only manual focus though, so I think I'll pass.
What's the effective focal length on a Q?
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Civilian one: World's Most Expensive Camera Lens

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That looks like a Leica S2 attached to that beast. The S2, which uses the same sensor as the 645D, has a "crop" factor of 0.8, which would yield a 35mm equivalent of 1280mm for that system. The Pentax Q / DA 560 combo with it's 5.5X crop factor provides a 35mm equivalent of 3080mm. My money is on the Leica for getting sharper photos and more dynamic range though, the 0.8 crop factor will be very forgiving of optical aberrations where as 5.5 is very harsh. It would be interesting to see photos of the same subject from both lenses.
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That looks like a Leica S2 attached to that beast. The S2, which uses the same sensor as the 645D, has a "crop" factor of 0.8, which would yield a 35mm equivalent of 1280mm for that system. The Pentax Q / DA 560 combo with it's 5.5X crop factor provides a 35mm equivalent of 3080mm. My money is on the Leica for getting sharper photos and more dynamic range though, the 0.8 crop factor will be very forgiving of optical aberrations where as 5.5 is very harsh. It would be interesting to see photos of the same subject from both lenses.

I haven't been able to extract keepers from the Q with the 300, to be honest.

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Civilian one: World's Most Expensive Camera Lens

Saud bin Muhammad bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani
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To capture his whole name I think this type of lens will be much better.
Nikon insane 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens costs 100,000 | CNET UK
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I haven't been able to extract keepers from the Q with the 300, to be honest.
Which 300? I'm really happy with shots I can get from the DA*300 on the Q.
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It's an FD-mount mirror lens. Talk about a serious donut-bokeh monster! Probably remarkably similar to astronomical telescopes, so the R&D didn't have to be too outlandish.

Dag, and they say it's for EF mount in the ad. Typical. Imagine the pissed-off customer that can't get infinity focus adapters for *that* monster. Gives 'focus rails' a whole new meaning.


*pulling out a pair of FT's.* Come to Mama.
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To capture his whole name I think this type of lens will be much better.
Nikon insane 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens costs 100,000 | CNET UK
Hahaha that thing is insane. 220 degree fov! It can actually see behind itself!

The 6mm super fishy Nikon + the Canon Cannon + a ridiculous normal like the Leica Noctilux

There's your new super prime trio. All you need is a cube van to take them all out for a day of shooting.
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To capture his whole name I think this type of lens will be much better. Nikon insane 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens costs 100,000 | CNET UK
Wow, can you imagine video on that lens? It would be enough to make a person sea sick.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fogel70 Quote
To capture his whole name I think this type of lens will be much better.
Nikon insane 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens costs 100,000 | CNET UK
Heh... one of these "ultra-fisheyes" was sold as part of a panoramic imaging company's assets a couple of years ago. Here it is with a 5D mounted to it (courtesy of Jook Leung):



Apparently it's soft up to f/8... oh well, what do you expect for something designed to inspect (and record) the inside of aircraft tires on assembly lines?

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