The Canon 1200/5.6L USM, the longest fixed telephoto lens ever built by Canon, contains 13 elements (2 Fluorite) in 10 groups and focus down to 49.5'. With an angle-of-view of about 2° on a full-frame 35 mm camera, calling this lens a 'tele' is like calling King Kong a monkey.

Built-to-order by Canon from 1993 to 2005, each lens was hand-crafted at the rate of about 2-per-year and a delivery time of about 18 months. Only a dozen-or-so were ever made. Who bought them? National Geographic magazine and Sports Illustrated are known to own a couple, the Feds probably have a few squirreled away somewhere, and a few well-heeled photo enthusiasts.

This particular lens is extremely clean inside and out. Included with this lens is a leather slip-on 'lens cap', the original fitted aluminum trunk case, a custom trunk case with wheels that holds the original trunk case, and a prodigious measure of ego satisfaction. Weighing in at over 36lbs and an overall length of 33 inches, a sturdy tripod and pan/tilt head is highly recommended.

Used but in near perfect condition.

Construction Metal Alloy
Angle of View 2°
Minimum Aperture f/32
Closest Focusing Distance 49.5'
Filter Size 48 mm Drop-in
Lens Hood Built-in
Length 32.9"
Weight 36.2 lb
Package Weight 50.0 lb

Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.

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  2. jose acosta @joseacostaaldrete


  3. igor radulovic @preteca

    reasonably priced

  4. James Robbie @James_Robbie

    in case you wanted to see the stitching of the American flag on the moon

  5. Fabio Viti @clikke

    Very nice price...!

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$180,000 · Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm Lens

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