The Canon 1200mm f/5.6 is a ultra rare lens that B&H appropriately calls “The Mother of all Telephotos”. The lens weighs in at 36lbs is 33″ long and 9″ wide at the front element. It’s a beast and I can’t even imagine lugging this around for a photo shoot. It’s priced at a mere $120,000 and is built on a special-order basis. The rumors are there are less than 20 of these in the world and some are in the hands of big companies like National Geographic magazine, Sports Illustrated and Canon Professional Services.
MPB Photographic took the lens out for a spin and captured a great video of it in action. Check out this video to see this awesome Canon lens in action as it visits The Mall, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Thames.
You can see sample images comparing the lens to a 50mm and 100-400mm and also with and without an extender on their website here: Canon 1200mm f/5.6 in action.
Here are 2 examples to see just how much reach you can get with this lens. The first shot at 50mm and the second with an extender to make it at 2400mm.
What do you think of this lens? What would you even shoot with a telephoto with that much reach? Let me know in the comments below…
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