5 of the biggest lenses in the world


Men like to compete against each other, especially when it comes down to the size of things. Here’s the answer to one of the probably most important question on the plant: Who has the lens with the biggest freaking focal length? Let me show you 5 incredible pieces of technology.

#5 – The Nikkor 1200-1700/5,6-8.

This sucker is over 20 years old, but still a nice-to-have-lens I would say. The Nikkor 1200-1700 weights about 16 kilograms and reaches a length of nearly a meter (0.8m). A little bit mor technical details: The lens consists of 13 elements in 18 groups, it has a view angle of 1 to 2 degree and close focus down to 10 meters.

Nikkor 1200-1700/5,6-8.

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#4 – Sigma 200-500mm F2,8 EX DG

Sigma is known for producing qualitative good products. Just like the Sigma 200-500mm F2,8 EX DG. Although it “only” has a focal length of 200 to 500 millimeters it has a aperture of F/2,8 which is ridiculous good for the given focal length. Just like the Nikkor lens, this one weights 16 kilogram. You can buy this one for only 26,000 US-Dollars.

Sigma 200-500mm F2,8 EX DG
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#3 – Canon EF 1200mm 1:5.6L USM

The worlds biggest SLR interchangeable lens with auto focus according to the manufactorer. The Canon EF 1200mm 1:5.6 L USM. If you’re planning to buy this monster, you need atleast 60.000 euros. Also you can’t buy this 16 kilogram lens in a shop, Canon only produces this one on demand. According to some internet rumors only 20 of these has been sold so far.

Canon EF 1200mm 1:5.6L USM
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#2 – Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 4/1700

This one is really a beast. You literally need a truck to transport the Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 4/1700 as it weights 256 kilograms. It was introduced at the Photokina exhibition in 2006. The front lens alone has a diameter is about half a meter long.

Oh, by the way: The tiny black thing you see on the right side of the lens is a Hasselblad 206 FE.

Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 4/1700
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#1 – Canon 5200 mm F14

This one is probably the right lens for you if you don’t car about light intensity (F/14). The focal length of 5200 mm is just ridiculous. According to given information you can zoom at things which are about 30 miles away! Oh, yeah, and it weights just 100 kilogram.

Canon 5200 mm F14
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Christian Möhrle

Photographing landscapes since 2009, trying to help out the lovely photography community with tutorials, workshops and more

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