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Archive 2006 · Canon 1200mm Prime!
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


You don't hear or see much about this beast of a lens alot!

Some questions for those in the know -

Does this lens accept a 2x tc, doubling it to a 2400mm ?

If so are the results favourable, and even better, could anyone point me to any links or post any actual photo's taken with this mighty lens please

Many thanks!



Jul 06, 2006 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


As far as I know Canon only made a handfull of these and loaned them out at special events. I believe the price to actually get one was something like 60k (though rumor has it the Sultan of Brunei owns one).

This guy on PBase has a few pics of the lens and a few taken with it:

http://www.pbase.com/reynoldsphotography/equipment

They don't look that impressive to me. IMHO you'd better off investing in a really high quality apochromatic refracting telescope (like a Takahashi) and just using manual focus.



Jul 06, 2006 at 06:27 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


There are only around 8 in the world. From what I read they cost around $60,000 USD when they where available (Apparently now discontinued) and they where all hand built!


Jul 06, 2006 at 06:29 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


There was one on the B/S Forum a while back. Most of the posts were from the amazed lookie-loos, and the thread had to be shut down as it exceeded what the forum template could handel for that forum.


Jul 06, 2006 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Amazing !!!!!!

There is a certain aura and mysticism about this lens for sure!

I knew the 1200 cost around 60 G's US, but only 8 made?

Come on Canon, what about a new digitally integrated 1200mm !!!!!!!




Jul 06, 2006 at 06:42 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Origin Unknown wrote:
Come on Canon, what about a new digitally integrated 1200mm !!!!!!!



I can see it now, A EF-S 1200 L this August!



Jul 06, 2006 at 06:45 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


With the appearance of the 600 and some decent tc's, it will never happen!


Jul 06, 2006 at 06:50 PM
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Well apparently it was built by request only, and by the looks of it only 10 requests were made as only 10 were built,and not suprising as the initial price was
around $90,000 as of 1993 !!!

The lens could be increased via tc's to 1700mm @ f8 or 2400mm @ f11, but can you imagine the amount of light this thing would need to soak up ...... it needed a very bright day for optimal use!

Weight - 36 lbs, and interestingly, James Jannard owns one, who is the billionaire founder of Oakley sunglasses!

It's in the hall of fame for sure!



Jul 06, 2006 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


A dentist bought the first one (go figure), SI owns two, an oil sheik owns another, and the rest, I don't know.


Jul 06, 2006 at 07:30 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


I tried it at a show a few years ago. Canon had it set up in their booth. A beast for sure, it was set up on three tripods (2 for the lens and 1 for the camera) and still the image was shaking as soon as onybody walked by.




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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Why does the dentist own a 1200mm lens? If he is taking pictures of patient's teeth would it be better to buy a 100mm macro lens instead? Or unless he has patients with extreme bad breath. Min. focusing distance for the 1200mm is 6 meters.


Jul 06, 2006 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Astonishing!

If your eyes were set at 1200mm focal length, your view wouldn't be too healthy either!



Jul 06, 2006 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


carlsbadbum wrote:
Min. focusing distance for the 1200mm is 6 meters.


More like 14 meters, 6 is generous!





Jul 06, 2006 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


14 meters?!? I guess it's not an indoor lens.
I'm still wondering what a dentist shoots with this 50 lb (w/case) cannon.



Jul 06, 2006 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


EOS20 wrote:
There are only around 8 in the world. From what I read they cost around $60,000 USD when they where available (Apparently now discontinued) and they where all hand built!


I think all Canon supertele lenses are hand-built

edit: here's the link to how 500 4L is built
http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/tech/l_plant/f_index.html



Jul 06, 2006 at 08:31 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Did Canon include a donkey or mule to carry the lens?


Jul 06, 2006 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


there are actually more than 8 1200L's made , sports illustrated has a few as well as a half dozen large agencys, i think nasa owns a few as well.this is a special order lens, the cia owns several as well .
this is a made to order lens, meaning canon doesnt manufacture them until a buyer pays first. also the 1200L does work with the 1.4 and 2x extenders

Edited by tom mcconville on Jul 06, 2006 at 01:55 PM GMT



Jul 06, 2006 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


EOS20 wrote:
I can see it now, A EF-S 1200 L this August!


**



Jul 06, 2006 at 09:13 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


http://www.canon-europe.com/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Fixed_Focal_Length/EF_1200mm_f56L_USM/


Jul 06, 2006 at 09:43 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Canon 1200mm Prime!


Has anyone here seen a 1200mm for auction on eBay?
I hate to see one gets shot or damaged during a CIA gun fight with the bad guys.



Jul 06, 2006 at 09:44 PM
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