Canon 5200mm F14 SLR DSLR lens

Sometimes, you come across those rare items on eBay, items you just have to share with more people. Today I was forwarded the following Canon lens for sale:

Canon 5200mm F14 SLR DSLR Lens

World's MOST powerful Telephoto Prime Lens

Can you imagine going to take some wild life pictures with this puppy on your camera. I guess you would have to save up for a new and bigger camera bag! I HAVE been saving for a bigger and more powerful lens, but I guess I need to rely on Santa to fulfill this whish! Xmas is just around the corner, so who knows…


The auction reads:

This is a very rare Canon 5200mm photographic lens. THE largest & most powerful prime lens ever created for dedicated SLR photographic use.  Made in Japan. 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 & others... It takes two strong 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 it. The magnification of this lens is truly staggering. If mounted to a Canon HD 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 & cine cameras. Manual focus & drop-in filters can be used. With so few ever built Canon spent a tonne on the R&D, not to mention the manufacturer of this lens. The Canon factory picture shows the lens mounted to an SLR camera (circled in red) – this will further give you an idea of its size. As the lens is so rare & so unique, it's fair to say that it's a collectors item & attraction in itself. For Canon collectors & owners of the Canon EF 1200mm F5.6 lens - quite simply your Canon collection is incomplete with out it.

The specific stats for the lens are:

  • Focal Length: 5150mm
  • Exposure Control: Light quantity is controlled with the use of built-in ND filters, corresponding to f/14, f/16, f/22, f/32
  • Minimum Object Distance: 120 meters (Approx 393 feet!)
  • Size: 500mm(wide) x 600mm(high) x 1890mm(deep) [20”x24”x75.6”]
  • Weight: 100kg (220 lbs) without stand.

    The difference between a 50mm lens and this animal of 5200mm is striking!


    You would probably need the stand as displayed in the picture above to hold the lens straight.

    Fun stuff…