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Postby Hersh » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:50 pm


Well, almost... Check out this bad boy right here. Even Gary won't be getting this kind of glass in his lifetime. (If he did, Linda would probably reach her breaking point and strangle him)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800557508-USE/Canon__Super_Telephoto_


And here's a newsletter story about it.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/find/newsLetter/Mother-of-All-L-Lenses.jsp

So canon shooters, anybody want one?
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Postby Gary Martin » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:01 pm


I wonder how many the CIA, FBI, and NSA have on order? Rumor had it the CIA was the biggest customer for the predecessor 800 mm f/5.6, which went for $83K.
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:32 pm


You would need your own composite Boswell, muse, and pack mule to lug that thing around ... still, a mighty impressive collection of glass ... and
for the impulsive, it appears to be in stock!
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Postby Ross » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:55 pm


I'd hate to carry it around everywhere... I'd definitely need the pack mule... :)
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Postby Rob143 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:02 pm


I was expecting links to the newly announced 800 5.6 actually. It will be a relative bargain with pricing announced at $15K.

I've seen the 1200 come up on forums on occasion. Despite its possibilities for birding its 2° FOV would make it difficult to impossible to actually use in the field, if you ever got there without that mule. The only practical uses would be for pro sports and long term surveillance. That said, yea I'd take one in a minute as soon as the uncle I don't know about leaves me a few million. :lol:
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Postby Hersh » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:56 pm


Composite Boswell?
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:01 pm


It was kinda supposed to be read like this ...

... composite (of) Boswell, muse, and pack mule

... a Boswell to chronicle your every thought and action, a muse for inspiration, and a packmule for strength and durabilty ... roll them all up as one and you have the ideal to tote that thing around ...

I'm guessing now that "of" sorta makes a difference :wink:
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Postby Hersh » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:17 pm


Ah, I see. Now who's this Boswell dude?
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:42 am


Mike ...

He was kind of an 18th Century Sherman to Mr Peobody :wink: I came to know the term, not necessarily the man, in the following realm. The last sentence was the context of what I meant in the post ...

James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck and 1st Baronet (October 29, 1740 - May 19, 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the eldest son of a judge, Alexander Boswell, 8th Laird of Auchinleck and his wife Euphemia Erskine, Lady Auchinleck. Boswell's mother was a strict Calvinist, and he felt that his father was cold to him. Boswell, who is best known as Samuel Johnson’s biographer, inherited his father’s estate Auchinleck in Ayrshire. His name has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer.
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Postby Rob143 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:26 am


But seriously, you could actually see a license plate clearly on a car about a half-mile down the street. We did get the attention of some passing cops; not surprising since this rig looks like a bizarre kind of rocket launcher.


http://dvinfo.net/canon/images/images17.php
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Postby Hersh » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:38 pm


Sherman and Peabody, now you're speaking my language! Thanks for the expose.

And Rob, nice find on that other article, the pictures give a much better sense of scale, especially the guy hefting one like a 36# baby.
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:36 pm


You guys can haul around the 36# "baby." I'll stick with the 19# of my 500 mm f/4. Nice thing about that was it was paid for lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng ago.
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Postby Rob143 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:24 pm




That may be the mother of all L lenses, but I just stumbled across what may be the mother of all Canon lenses. I'm not exactly sure what the uses would be for a 220# 5200mm f14 mirror lense, but for some reason Canon felt the need to build one.

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http://xo.typepad.com/blog/2008/02/huge-5200mm-can.html

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/fdlenses/reflex8002000/cat.htm
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Postby Hersh » Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:42 pm


Wow...
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Postby MontaukPoint » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:16 pm


Anyone know the original price? The only people I can picture using a lens that size would be the CIA, FBI, Secret Service etc.
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