NASA 2,540mm F/8 Lens for Sale on eBay

Apr 28, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

NASA 2,540mm F/8 Lens for Sale on eBay

Apr 28, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Joining the list of cool and rare photography gear for sale on eBay is a gigantic 2,540mm lens, of the kind NASA used to track the Saturn V rocket launch in the Apollo and several other programs.

Weighing in at 180 pounds, original case included, you might need a rocket of your own to lug this lens around.

The seller does not mention which footage was captured with this specific lens, but the manufacturer’s grandson told him that the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster was tracked and filmed with one of these Jonel-brand lenses.

The listing on eBay states that NASA used high-speed movie cameras such as the Photosonics 70mm 10R with up to 125 fps on 6×6 frames, and since it also mentions that most of the lenses are still in use I wonder if NASA adapted them somehow to a digital system.

If you’d like to keep it old-school, though, the seller also has one of the high-speed film cameras for sale. A tripod, head and focusing unit are also available for those who want to actually use the lens rather than just put it on display.

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Astronomers will be familiar with the lens’s Schmidt-Cassegrain design, which comes with a two-element field corrector.

The lens is selling for $33,500, and for the price the seller guarantees you’ll be getting a unique lens with both the optics and the barrel in mint condition (besides a bit of missing paint), as well as a special system to prevent humidity.

This is by no means a cheap lens, but with the original price being the same as “a family home”, it might be quite a steal.

Other cool cameras we recently saw for sale on eBay include a collection of 600 vintage cameras and 21 rare Rolleiflex prototypes.

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19 responses to “NASA 2,540mm F/8 Lens for Sale on eBay”

  1. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    Does it have a Canon EOS mount? No? Then forget it.

  2. Mike Hiteshew Avatar
    Mike Hiteshew

    Wonder if it can be converted to a Fuji mount? I need a new birding lens, and my 55-200 just isn’t cutting it.

  3. Srdjan Pavlovic Avatar
    Srdjan Pavlovic

    Let me just find the adapter for the F-mount. Great portrait lens

  4. Nadir Khan Avatar
    Nadir Khan

    wheel barrow mount not included.

  5. Pätrick Stotz Avatar
    Pätrick Stotz

    :DD

  6. Andy Hanemann Avatar
    Andy Hanemann

    I’m waiting for the F4.

  7. Christian Hennings Avatar
    Christian Hennings

    endlich mal ne ordentliche brennweite…

  8. Bärbel Grüll Avatar
    Bärbel Grüll

    Und? kaufst du es?

  9. Scott Lawson Avatar
    Scott Lawson

    Funny how they’re keeping quiet about where to pick it up from…. How much was that Virgin Galactic tour again?

  10. Hien Nguyen Avatar
    Hien Nguyen

    Even this thing’s adapter is smaller than the Sony LA-EA4 =)

  11. Nicola Fiorentino Avatar
    Nicola Fiorentino

    Gianfranco , Daniele …chi di voi aveva bisogno di un nuovo tele? :D

  12. Earl Rais Avatar
    Earl Rais

    Now I can take portrait’s of aliens on another planet

    1. Eric Morin Avatar
      Eric Morin

      ok… but doesn’t really strike me as a good portrait lens..dof is too deep. then there’s the privacy issue… how are you going to get your aliens to sign model release forms?

  13. Robert Long Avatar
    Robert Long

    Canon or Nikon?

  14. Robert Long Avatar
    Robert Long

    F8.…..it would only be good shooting landscapes at noon….on the sun.

  15. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
    Tiffany Mueller

    Darn, looks like someone beat me to it–it’s sold now! ;)

  16. Joris Haas Avatar
    Joris Haas

    Pssshhh, not as long as there is no iPhone adapter.

  17. Stan Guruguru Avatar
    Stan Guruguru

    Can use this to photograph the astronauts photographing me?

  18. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Wonder if you can get a 2x extender. Does it come with IS?