Massive Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L Lens filmed with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Good friend of planet5D Juan Pons sent us this yesterday and it is going 'round the world fast. It is a massive Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L Lens that he's managed to capture on video. And continue reading to see a video of how they wrapped the lens with lenscoat.

Collision Conference

“When we heard that the fine folks at LensCoat had their hands on what has to be one of the rarest lenses in the world, we knew we had get over there and shoot some footage! As we were in the area, we quickly mobilized and teamed up with Outdoor Photo Gear to create a hands-on review of this incredible lens. We were able to spend a few precious hours evaluating the 1200 by shooting stills as well as video, with (what else but) a Canon 5D MarkII.”

Outdoor Photo Gear has asked that the video only be shown on either their site or on Juan's – so please go see it on or Juan's site – or click the image below (which is a screen capture from the video showing the massive size of the lens).


Training guide

Please take time to scout out Jon's site – Wild Nature Photography – he's got quite a lot of 5D2 material over there and some amazing wild life!

Oh, and by the way, he's got a post about how they wrapped that lens with lenscoat as well!

The making of a LensCoat for the Canon Ef 1200mm f5.6 L USM Lens from Juan Pons on Vimeo.

I recently had the opportunity to film with my good friend Art Howard, the making of a LensCoat for this rarest of lenses.

Art and I got to spend a day with Scott Elowitz, owner of and his crew while they manufactured, by hand, a few LensCoats for this very unique lens. We were on hand to record the event.
This is one big lens, with a BIG price to match. The lens weighs in at 36.4 lbs, and measures 32.9 inches!
The price you ask? A measly $120,000. No typo there, yes, one hundred and twenty thousand dollars!
Where can you buy this most excellent piece of glass? The used equipment department at B&H Photo Video, where else?
This specific unit is rumored to have arrived at B&H from “some government agency.”
Visit for more upcoming videos and information on the amazing Canon EF 1200mm f5.6 L USM lens!
All footage shot with a Canon 5D MarkII, and Canon EF 24-105 f4 L, Canon EF 17-40 f4 L and Canon EF 70-200 f4 L lenses.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. WOW! That lens is like the size of a cannon (no pun intended). It's gotta weigh a ton too. I can't believe that. I'd be interested in seeing any photos taken by that lens, I'm sure they're stunning.

  2. Are they being picky on video embeds? I guess the Outdoor site really needs the page impressions….geeze.

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