After the rare Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7, another interesting lens is soon to be up for an auction: Canon 1200mm f/5.6. Other than being rare, this telephoto monster is also the world’s longest SLR autofocus lens, and it’s an iconic one.
Photographer Mathieu Stern has built an admirable collection of rare, weird, super-cheap and DIY lenses so far. With his latest finding, he kinda brought all of this together. He laid his hands on a Cinestar 75mm f/1.9, a cinema projector lens. After making his own adapter, he used it on a Sony a7 III and tested it in a video. If you are a swirly bokeh fan, you’re gonna love it.
Non-photographic lenses such as projector or spy lenses can be used for taking some stunning photos. But have you considered using a medical lens? Mathieu Stern got to test an Elicar 90mm f2.5 Macro Medical V-HQ, a relatively rare lens that was used by medical professionals in the ‘80s. And it turns out that it’s super sharp and great for close-up shots.
Well, it can be yours for $29,999 plus $155 shipping, anyway. But the shipping’s practically a bargain. We often hear about those “rare” lenses popping up on eBay and various other places, but this one does appear to actually be pretty rare. It’s a Canon 45-200mm f/2.8 (C35) prototype lens, and the seller claims it’s never been sold before in the “whole eBay selling history”.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, sharp lens with fantastic bokeh, vintage lenses can be a great option. They can give you images of great quality, yet you can buy many of them at very affordable prices. In this video, Mathieu Stern compares three vintage lenses for shooting portraits: Konica 40mm f/1.8, Porst 50mm f/1.4, and Jupiter 9 85mm f/2. He paid the cheapest among them around $6, so let’s see how they perform.
In case you missed out on the NASA 2540mm f/8 lens that was recently sold on eBay, B&H have what might just be the next best thing – the super rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM autofocus telephoto lens.
The lens will cost you as much as a US Navy Warship, but will get the job done when you just can’t get close enough.
With only a dozen or so of these beasts ever created, the proud owner will be in the company of National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and probably a few spy agencies.
Photographers are invited to get a look at the lens at the New York superstore, and take a selfie with it if they don’t happen to have the necessary funds at hand.