Land of the giants: the world’s largest lenses


Canon 5200mm f14 SLR DSLR Telephoto Lens

This is the Godzilla of lenses. If you thought 36.4lbs was heavy, the Canon 5200mm weighs a massive 220lbs, and at 500mm wide, 60mm high and 1890mm deep, you won’t be lugging this lens around with you anywhere unless you have a forklift truck. The lens cap alone is the size of a trash can lid, so on the plus side it will be difficult to lose.

The minimum object distance of the lens is 120 meters (or 393ft) and exposure control is by way to build-in ND filters.

The lens is extremely rare and you won’t be able to pick it up in your local photography store. In fact the lens was seen on an eBay listing back in December 2009. The seller had this to say:

“This is a very rare 5200mm photographic lens – possibly one of only three ever built. THE largest and most powerful prime lens ever created for dedicated SLR use. Built in Japan it was purchased by a Chinese company and shipped to China where it has since had little use and is now for sale. The optics appear in perfection condition. It is my understanding that a customized SLR/DSLR/EF mount can be created/included by the team of optical engineers who presently look after the lens. Due to its large size, it may be better suited to astronomy applications. It takes two people to lift the lens. It could also be mounted on a customized truck or SUV. A large geared or motorized support head would be needed to get the most out of it. The magnification of this lens is truly staggering. If mounted to a Canon XL series video camera for example, a reach of 1000x optical (at least) would be possible (approx 37,500mm). The lens could also be mounted to HD and cine cameras.”


Weight: 220lb/100kg
Width: 500mm
Height: 600mm
Depth: 1890mm
Focal Length: 5150mm
Price: eBay listing quoted $55,000

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