Monday, September 18, 2006

No, It's Not a Blimp. It's the World's Longest Telephoto Lens.

And it's from Zeiss.

The lens, an Apo Sonnar T* f4, 1700mm telephoto, was commissioned by a private client, whom Zeiss will not identify. Judging by the Arabic writing on the side of the lens, it was probably a wealthy Middle Eastern client. The lens is rumored to cost in the six figures and weighs 542 pounds!

According to Zeiss:

Never before has the world of photography seen such a lens. Developed for long distance wildlife photography this supertele lens provides 21x magnification. In search of the highest imaginable image quality the client decided for 6x6 medium format and the Hasselblad 203 FE as the best camera he is aware of.

The company said building the lens required new ways of controlling a lens, including "servo-controlled aiming and focusing."

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