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Archive 2005 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Fascinating lens this one. I've played with this a couple of times under supervision of the CPS guys from time to time over the years.

Being such a rare beast, it would be interesting to discuss who's using it and why. There is only one copy of this lens in Australia of which I am aware (owned by Canon Australia). I know that Sports Illustrated has a couple and there would be maybe a dozen more scattered around the other Canon regional centres.

Anyone with any personal experience or interesting information (including pics in the field) please reply.



Jul 21, 2005 at 03:58 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


one example from me: this lens usually could be seen on St. Peters place in Rome at the front of St. Peter cathedra during Pope speeches... he used to speak from window high above the ground... so photographers used it even with 2x TC


Jul 21, 2005 at 08:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I also see the tabloid photographers using this lens from a helicopter.

Jon



Jul 21, 2005 at 12:04 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I thought there is a FM user who uses it shooting Drag races. I donít know his username.
At SportsShooters.com there is also an 1200mm user. You can see a picture of him at the "Post Pics of Canon In ACTION" threat.



Jul 21, 2005 at 02:37 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Bijltje wrote:
I thought there is a FM user who uses it shooting Drag races. I donít know his username.


That's right. IIRC, his username was 'spieden'. I didn't see any posts from him lately though.



Jul 21, 2005 at 03:29 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


poker wrote:
one example from me: this lens usually could be seen on St. Peters place in Rome at the front of St. Peter cathedra during Pope speeches... he used to speak from window high above the ground... so photographers used it even with 2x TC


I believe it! I was there a few weeks ago. An Italian PJ next to me was shooting with a Sigma 300-800 and a stacked 1.4x and 2x. He's quite far away so you definitely need the extra focal length.



Jul 21, 2005 at 03:49 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Isn't this an $80,000 lens? The Canon rep in my area said he know Oakley owned one, and he only heard of two more being purchased. Was he yanking my chain, or is this price tag correct? He said $40,000 down, and Canon will start building the lens.


Jul 21, 2005 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I owned one, but after testing it against the Zeiss equivalent, I sold the Canon and kept the Zeiss.


Jul 21, 2005 at 04:21 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


This is just a thought but... the Oly 350 f/2.8 on an E-1 has a FOV 700mm, tack on a 2x converter and you have a 1400mm f/5.6? The whole setup = 3.5k...




Jul 21, 2005 at 04:25 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


justinjones wrote:
Isn't this an $80,000 lens? The Canon rep in my area said he know Oakley owned one, and he only heard of two more being purchased. Was he yanking my chain, or is this price tag correct? He said $40,000 down, and Canon will start building the lens.


On the Canon museum site, the original price was 9,800,000 yen, which is (currently) $86k. However, they don't seem to hold their value too well - I recall seeing on the web a used one sell in the $20's. Unfortunately, Canon discontinued this lens a few months ago!

BIll



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Well, using this lens and a 2x converter on a 20D body (MF of course) would give you 3800mm equiv. Stack another 1.4x converter, and you're at 5400mm f/16...

I think that's something of a beast reserved for occasions like the pope of carefully crafted assasinations of a well known political leader.



Jul 21, 2005 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I saw one for sale for $110,000 a couple years ago.

I dont know how true this is anymore, but Canon used to bring a few of them to the Super Bowl and would lease/lend them to the big sports news groups for the day.




Jul 21, 2005 at 05:25 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I had one of these but decided to give it to my little brother, as he needed a telephoto. I found it too hard to hand-hold. --c


Jul 21, 2005 at 05:27 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I wait until the f/2.8 version comes out


Jul 21, 2005 at 07:13 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I owned one, but after testing it against the Zeiss equivalent, I sold the Canon and kept the Zeiss.
Zeiss has a 1200mm How much does that puppy go for?

Randy



Jul 21, 2005 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


I would get a 1200mm, but instead, I'll use my 300mm and move 75% closer.


Jul 21, 2005 at 07:21 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Navy SEALs have at least one!


Jul 21, 2005 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


FIXITMAN wrote:
Zeiss has a 1200mm How much does that puppy go for?

Randy


Randy,
I hope you realize he was kidding. Of course in about three months, he'll sell the Zeiss and buy the Leica...

See what Guy started?



Jul 21, 2005 at 07:26 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


You mean Leica make one as well ?




Jul 21, 2005 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM; who has used one?


Please-- the one Quantaray makes kills the Leica....everyone knows that




Jul 21, 2005 at 08:51 PM
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