Due to the precision required in their manufacture, the more money you are willing to spend on a camera lens, the better the product and the photographic results you will get. For at least one photographer, no amount of money is too much money to spend on high quality glass, as extremely rare Canon lens recently auctioned for well over half a million dollars.
From the list of Wetzlar camera auctions, when this monstrous EF 1200mm f / 5.6L USM super telephoto lens (meaning it offered no zoom capability) was introduced in 1993, Canon described it as “the largest SLR lens- Interchangeable AF in the world, both in terms of focal length and maximum aperture, ”which is why, even in the 90s, it sold for $ 90,000.
Aimed at sports photographers and even bird watchers with deep pockets to fund their hobby, the lens combines incredible telephoto capabilities with the ability for photographers to use a relatively fast shutter to freeze the action they want. were capturing from afar. But it was only available as a special order product because it took more than a year for Canon to manufacture each lens on average production rate of about two lenses each year. (You can assume the deposit was quite large.) Canon has never officially shared the number of 1200mm lenses it has produced, but while it is certainly less than 100, many believe that number is in. actually closer to 20 based on the number been spotted in the wild.
In recent decades, very few lenses have been released for sale, although B&H Photography sold one in 2009 for $ 120,000, and another in 2015 for $ 180,000, double the original sale price. Canon has long since ceased producing the lens, and their rarity is almost certainly what sparked a bidding war between two parties for this particular unit. which was still in exceptional condition, almost new. The final sale price was € 500,000, or just over $ 576,000 in US funds, which Wetzlar Camera Auctions says is the highest price ever sold for a camera lens at auction.