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Extremely Rare Limited Edition Canon 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale – Only $165k

By Hanssie on August 15th 2014

If you guys were wondering what to get me for Christmas this year, well, look no further. For only £99,000.00 ($165,265.65), you can purchase this very rare, gigantic Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM super telephoto lens from MPB Photographic in the UK.



This lens is of the largest telephoto lenses that Canon made in the 1990s. It is rumored that less than 20 of these were ever made as they only produced 2 of them each year due to the time it took to “grow fluorite crystals large enough to be ground and polished for use in this lens,” according to a review of the lens from B&H Photo.

It weighs about as much as a small kindergartener (around 36lbs) and zooms far, far, far away. “Using a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, faces were recognizable at distances up to a mile or more.” Perfect for zooming in on someone in the next city.

This lens is in “immaculate condition,” according to the description on the MPB site. It doesn’t have any marks on the barrel or scratches on the 13 elements. Your purchase also includes:

  • Official Purpose Built Hard Flight Case With Keys
  • Official Leather Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Canon Gelatin II Drop-in Filter

And free worldwide shipping, of course, though it does not come with a bodybuilding assistant to help you mount it onto your tripod.

Time to pull out those wallets, folks and head over to MPB Photographic before some other millionaire snatches it out from under you.

[Via PopPhoto]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    I buy a lot of things I want but don’t need. This however, won’t be one of those purchases.

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  2. Wendell Fernandes

    Thats a lot of cash for those!

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  3. Tom Bogan

    This is the perfect portrait lens for the client who is camera shy.

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  4. Austin Swenson

    I’m gonna pull a Tony Stark and say “I need it, I want it, I gotta have it” and then store it somewhere…

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    I’d be interested in the FD mount.

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    One of these 1200mm lens were used to photograph the pope when he was elected in Rome. A Nikon version was used and it said that there are very few of these around. These lens are reserved for specific world events where pro photographers just use them for a specific job.

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  7. Tom Marvel

    perfect for rural street photography

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    $165K al take two hahaha

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  9. Greg Faulkner

    Shame they’ve only got the one I needed a matching pair so I’ll have to pass lol

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  10. Michel Andy

    Only £99,000.00 ? Wondering what I would do if I had that much money.. Looks great but would prefer to have some quality time :P

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