If you’re in the market for an extremely fast telephoto lens, Abex UK has just what you need, with a few minor caveats.
The first is the lens is currently listed for a draw-dropping $387,000, and another is that you will require a bit of help lugging around this supersized 18 kg (40-pound) lens.
Also important to note is that the can of tomato soup is NOT included in the price.
Now before you whip out your checkbook I’ve got good and bad news for you:
The good news is that Abex states on the eBay listing that the “Buy It Now” price is set at ten times the lens’ net market value. In other words, with a bit of negotiating you should be able to knock off over 90% of the requested price.
The bad news is that this was designed for a thermal imaging camera, so don’t expect plug&play compatibility with your DSLR.
For those still interesting, here are a few additional tech specs:
- Germanium thermal imaging objective lens
- Front lens diameter of 20 cm (200mm)
- Made in the UK by Rank-Taylor
- Aperture adjustment ring ranging from f/1 to f/5.6
- Focus ring with ranging from 7 feet to infinity
- Threaded rear mounting on a removable adapter pate
- Removable hood and cap for the front of the lens
The lens is said to be in very good condition and the seller adds that it may have never even been used. That being said, it’s been listed by the seller as a used item in excellent condition.
If you’re still determined to purchase this lens, you will have to do so in person from the actual store as the seller does not offer postage for eBay items, even though a wooden shipping or storage crate is included in the price.
While this lens might be faster and a bit heavier than Canon’s behemoth 36-pound 1200mm lens, the latter sells for $180,000 without being marked-up.