Land of the giants: the world’s largest lenses


Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T*

The Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* is the world heavyweight champion of non-military telephoto lenses, and weighing 564lb you’d have to be a heavyweight champion yourself to lift it.

This massive lens was announced at Photokina in 2006 and was designed specifically for use with a Hasselblad 6×6 medium format camera. If this seems a little peculiar, this enormous lens was custom-built for someone who had a special interest in wildlife photography. The customer decided that the best combination for his needs were a Hasselblad camera with Zeiss lens. What was built became the biggest non-military telephoto lens in existence.

Although it is unequivocally the heaviest lens around, it arguably (and perhaps somewhat ironically) has one of the sleekest designs.

The price was not disclosed, but it’s safe to say that to purchase the Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* would cost you an arm and a leg, not to mention your house and your car. But you could at least rest assured that your lens is undoubtedly bigger than anyone else’s. For now.


Weight: 564lb/256kg
Width: Unavailable
Length: Unavailable
Focal Length: 1700mm
Price: Your car, your house, your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.


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