Battle Of Biggest Zoom Lenses Ever

We tracked down the biggest zoom lenses ever produced for normal photography purposes. From legendary Nikon 1200-1700mm to Sigma’s Green Monster. From Canon 1200mm bazooka to World’s most expensive Leica 1600mm to world’s largest Canon 5200mm. Its very obvious that none of them are cheap. They look like missile launching units and to buy them you will have to blow your bank account. Even then the chances of getting them is extremely low.

5. Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DG Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens feat The Green Monster

Price : €24.000
You might confuse it for being a portable missile launching system. The green color gives further boost to its intimidating monster look.

The famous Sigma 200-500m f/2.8 at the Montreal Photo Show 2010


4. Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

Price : €100.000
It was the Longest Fixed Canon Telephoto Ever Made with just 2 degree field of view. Built-to-order by Canon from the year 1993 to 2005, each lens was hand-crafted. They produced just 2 lens a year with a delivery time of about 18 months. Only a dozen-or-so were ever made. Who bought them? National Geographic magazine and Sports Illustrated are known to own a couple, the Feds probably have a few squirreled away somewhere, and a few well-heeled photo enthusiasts.


3. Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm Lens

Price : €1.900.000
If you think spending €10.000 a lot for your hobby then you have no idea to what extent one can go if they have Money. Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar ordered the specially made Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm lens direct from Leica and spent a whopping €1.900.000 to get it. This makes it the most expensive consumer camera lens ever made. This Leica APO-Telyt-R was prototyped and built in Leica’s Solms, Germany factory, where the prototype can still be seen on display. At 1.2-meters long, 42cm wide at the end with whopping 60kg or 132lbs weight it may need a truck to be carried around. Please free free to suggest some Tripods for this MegaMonster in the comments below. Interesting fact is that It was delivered to Al-Thani in 2006, and no pictures taken with it have ever been made public.



2. Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8.0 Lens

Price : €55.000
Weighing in at 16 Kg (36 pounds) and measuring nearly 1 meter in length, the manual focus lens was introduced in 1993 and had a hefty price tag of €55.000. It was first used in 1990 at the Koshien Stadium, the baseballground at which the spring high school baseball tournament is staged. It was also used during the french hostage situation to capture photos from safe distance by AP journalists.



1. Canon 5200mm f/14 Tele-Monster feat Cannon

Price : €46.000
Looks like some weird mutation transformed a Canon lens into a Cannon. Jokes apart, This 5200mm prime lens is the world largest known SLR lens.

It’s said that only three of this toys are around, all made in Japan, and all in private hands. The lens focuses on objects 30 – 51.5 km(18-32 miles) away. If it was even more powerful the earth’s curvature would be a serious issue. The minimum distance is 120 meters (400 feet), the weight is around 100 kg (220 lbs). One of these monsters sold in eBay a few years ago for a ridiculous €46.000. Definitely not recommended for frequent travelers.




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