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p.1 #1 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Has anyone ever seen/used this lens?

One has been listed for sale on another site.

BH had/has one for $120,000.

ron



Jan 31, 2012 at 07:48 PM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Not I... but I sure would love to spend a day with one!

There is a good review on The Digital Picture...

1200mm Lens Review



Jan 31, 2012 at 07:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


According to a source that has long since faded from my memory, "The Man Who Skied Down Everest" (1975) was filmed through an EF 1200/5.6. I'm pretty sure that I saw it on a documentary about the film, maybe it was the film, itself.

P.S. don't believe everything you read on the internet...

Edited on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM · View previous versions



Jan 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


jcolwell wrote:
According to a source that has long since faded from my memory, "The Man Who Skied Down Everest" (1975) was filmed through an EF 1200/5.6. I'm pretty sure that I saw it on a documentary about the film, maybe it was the film, itself.



I thought the lens was much later than 1975 . I seem to remember the first ones (in FD mount) were at the 1984 Olympics. After that they were returned and converted to EF mount.

I may of course be completely wrong



Jan 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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p.1 #5 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Jim and Ian, I think you are both partly right.

From Wikipedia:

"The Canon FL 1200mm f/11 was a super-telephoto lens marketed by Japanese optical manufacturer Canon in June 1972. It was the longest super-telephoto lens in the Canon FL system. Canon did not release an equivalent lens for the Canon FD mount, so it remained the company's longest SLR telephoto lens for many years. It was eventually superseded by the autofocus EF mount 1200mm lens, which was introduced in 1993. The original FL 1200mm is now a rare and very valuable collector's item."

"The EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM is a professional L-series lens, that is now discontinued.[2] The lens was first developed for the Canon FD mount, although never marketed until after Canon had transitioned to the EF mount. According to a Canon USA representative interviewed in 2009, the lens made its first public appearance at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; Canon had shipped five copies of the lens for media use at the Games. All of the FD 1200mm f/5.6L lenses were eventually shipped back to Canon in Japan. Later in the 1980s, these lenses were converted to the EF mount."

found hereand here



Jan 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Thanks Jess, that's got to be it.

Good pick Ian. It's hard to figure why I thought an EF lens was used in 1975, when EOS wasn't introduced until 1987. Turns out, it's me that's completely wrong. First time. Ever.



Jan 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


I featured this a while back on my blog and there is also an interesting profile on National Geographic Photographer, Steve Winter and his use of this lens while photographing Snow Leopards in Northern India on CPN Europe's site.
Monster of a lens!
Jason Savage Photography Blog
CPS Europe Steve Winter



Jan 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM
 

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p.1 #8 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


There is one for sale over on Sportsshooter.com

http://www.sportsshooter.com/classitem.html?id=35972

However, I didn't see a price listed for it....






Jan 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #9 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


B&H had one listed for $120,000 in May 2010. It wasn't there anymore in June.


Jan 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Not sure I see the point in this lens, not very usable, the 800 is much more practical and 1/10th the price


Jan 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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p.1 #11 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


This gentleman owns one and hand held it for this shot. I believe he got more than 38 magazine covers out of the one pic.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/poliza/110427864/in/set-72157600852479903



Feb 01, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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p.1 #12 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


ronfronberg wrote:
Has anyone ever seen/used this lens?

One has been listed for sale on another site.

BH had/has one for $120,000.

ron


Well, if you had bothered to do a search on this site, you would find it has been discussed ad nauseum for the last 8 years:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/928286/0?keyword=1200mm#8762229

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/892146/0?keyword=1200mm#8395021

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/781020/0?keyword=1200mm#7165738

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/769706/0?keyword=1200mm#7047388

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/668441/0?keyword=1200mm#5966725

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/630210/0?keyword=1200mm#5578943

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/613728/0?keyword=1200mm#5412469

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/613355/0?keyword=1200mm#5408178

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/613066/0?keyword=1200mm#5404923

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/612765/0?keyword=1200mm#5401940

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/606717/0?keyword=1200mm#5340620

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/602144/0?keyword=1200mm#5293534

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/601172/0?keyword=1200mm#5283953

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/420478/0?keyword=1200mm#3593572

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/255002/0?keyword=1200mm#2112990

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/201922/0?keyword=1200mm#1647958

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/119296/0?keyword=1200mm#958570

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/65388/0?keyword=1200mm#536342

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/44940/0?keyword=1200mm#372093



Feb 01, 2012 at 02:08 AM
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p.1 #13 · Canon 1200mm f/5.6


Had two copies...sent both back to canon, seemed to back focus...not recomended for indoor sports shooting...what are you going to do with f/5.6 for girls indoor B-Ball with 5.6 anyway

Jefferson



Feb 01, 2012 at 05:35 AM





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