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The Most Expensive Camera Lens in the Entire World

Camera lenses see use on a wide range of cameras intended for a wide range of purposes, so it makes sense that camera lenses come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and other characteristics. For example, some camera lenses are fixed onto their cameras, whereas others are meant to be interchangeable, thus offering their camera users with an expanded set of choices when it comes to aperture, local length, and other factors of importance. Likewise, some camera lenses are expensive, whereas others are not so much. In fact, it is interesting to note that there are some camera lenses out there that are so expensive that most people would be rather surprised to hear their prices because they are just that far out there.

What Are Some of the Most Expensive Camera Lenses Out There?

For instance, some people out there might have heard of Leica Camera, which is a German manufacturer that specializes in making cameras, camera lenses, and a number of related products. However, what is interesting is that Leica products can come with high price tags, as shown by the fact that a significant number of them are sold for thousands and thousands of dollars. With that said, none of them can match a 1,600 mm telephoto lens that comes with a price tag of $2 million, which is a sizable piece of equipment designed for a discontinued series of SLR cameras.

With that said, while there is nothing out there that can match the cost of the Leica telephoto lens, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are other special camera lenses out there that can fetch high if not that high prices as well. One excellent example is a 6 mm fisheye lens from Nikkor, which comes with a price tag of $160,000. For those who are unfamiliar with fisheye lens, they are special camera lenses that offer a much wider angle of view than otherwise possible, which is why they often see use for capturing either panoramic or even hemispherical photos. In the case of the Nikkor lens, it is literally capable of seeing behind itself, which is rather impressive to say the least.

Likewise, there is a 1200 mm camera lens from Canon that sells for something along the lines of $120,000. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this means that its customers are somewhat limited in number, though it is known that both the CIA and Sports Illustrated have opted to make such a purchase for various reasons. In part, the horrendous cost of this monster of a camera lens might be explained by the fact that it took a full year to grow the crystal used inside it, which is a considerable expense that can't be hand-waved.

As you get lower

From that point forward, the price tags fall into the low tens of thousands of dollars, though the products are still so out there from what most people would expect from a camera lens that they might not even be able to tell what they are on initial inspection. This can be seen in a Sigma lens that offers 200 to 500 mm zoom at a constant f2.8 provided that people are willing to pay the $25,999 price tag, which is exchanged for not just the camera lens but also various gadgets such as a charger, a telephoto adapter, and multiple filters for multiple filters. Suffice to say that the full package is so sizable that the purchase literally comes with a trunk case that is intended to carry all of it. This is rather important because the Sigma lens is meant for taking photos of the stars, sports activities, and moving wildlife, meaning that a convenient means of bringing it from place to place is likely to prove very important to its user.

For the time being, these are the most expensive camera lenses that can be found out there in the world. However, technology is continuing to advance at an almost unbelievable pace, meaning that both cameras and camera lenses are getting better all of the time. As a result, it is not unreasonable to suspect that even more spectacular camera lenses will be introduced in the future, which will have even more impressive abilities to wow those who are fascinated by such products.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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