Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Mother of all Telephotos

Posted by T. Michael Testi


Just how big is big enough? How about the ability to read street signs at over a mile? This is not the kind of lens that you can just throw in the car and "go out shootin" Read on...

Source: B&H Photo

Written by By Allan Weitz

If you're into bird watching, the holy grail would have to be the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, a huge (20" tall with a 30" wingspan), yet incredibly elusive woodpecker that despite reports of extinction, is spotted every now-and-then deep in the boonies of Florida and Arkansas. It's also known as the 'Lord G-d' woodpecker because that's what spotters have been known to blurt out - often accompanied by soiled trousers - when dive-bombed by one. 'Lord G-d' has also been exclaimed - minus the soiled trousers - by those seeing a Canon 1200/5.6L USM for the first time. At 36lbs, 33" long and 9" wide at the front element, calling this lens a 'tele' is like calling King Kong a monkey.



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