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Im sure the guys at DPReview forums will obsess over its chromatic aberrations and lack of sharpness with a 2x teleconverter

Well, this lens will be perfect if you need to take pictures of the different colours in leopard eyes! Otherwise it is just crazy. Another example of some rich people needing to demonstrate their financial success ... Just too bad it is not about the size of the lens ... But about how close you get to the goal :)

Correct me if Im doing the mental arithmetic incompetently, but I think this Super Tele has less reach than a 400mm lens on a Nikon D2Xs in high-speed crop mode. If anybody wants to figure it out more rigorously than that, please be my guest...--MikeP.S. My friend John Gossage used to claim that no significant body of photographic artwork had ever been done with a long telephoto lens. He tried (in book called "Here and Gone," if memory serves, but I dont think he succeeded either. Can anybody think of an exception?

The late (and great) Andreas Feininger made a wonderful series of extreme tele shots of New York harbour with the tiny Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary in their berths at the bottom of the shots....

At that point, thinking of photography as a way of making graphic representation of a scene, you start thinking if it wouldnt be cheaper to buy a life size replica of whatever youre shooting, landscape included, or maybe even the real thing.

Why do I get the impression that well be seeing some unusually high quality work on the cover the National Enquirer in the near future. Critter photography... yeah right. I think were looking at a new era in paparazzi work.

Is this the promised major product announcement you were speaking of? Cool.I wonder how much more it would have been for a "fast" version at f/2.8?Either way, Im going to wait until its on eBay for about half its cost new....

1 - Well, looking at the lens, a question popped up in my mind: may we see the tripod the owner will use (I think we can rule out a monopod...)2- My friend John Gossage used to claim that no significant body of photographic artwork had ever been done with a long telephoto lens.Maybe Francisco Hidalgo in the 1980s with his series of books on cities, shot with large format and long lenses?/ln

"Is this the promised major product announcement you were speaking of? Cool."No. Tomorrow. By the way, theres nothing exclusive about our announcement. Im sure it will be all over the internet."I wonder how much more it would have been for a "fast" version at f/2.8?"About another 500 kg?"Either way, Im going to wait until its on eBay for about half its cost new...."...And that could be a long wait!--Mike

Significant body of artwork? Long teles are more for sports, wildlife, and celebrities, and those seem like fair enough applications.So by my calculation, this lens will have a 2.86 degree angle of view on the diagonal on 6x6, which makes it kind of like an 800mm lens or a bit longer on 35mm, which is an unwieldy beast but not unmanagable.But can you aim and focus the 1700mm with anywhere near the speed of the 800mm lens for 35mm? You certainly cant rest it on the sand while you crawl on your belly to sneak up on a sandpiper.

David,The website mentions servo-controlled aiming and focusing mechanisms, so perhaps you set it up like heavy artillery in a bunker and aim with motorized controls as the celebrities graze and head for the watering holes. (s)--Mike

Its hard to imagine how truly useful this lens might be. Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend a few moments with Canons 1200mm lens, another rare, costly monster (that I believe has since been discontinued). I would imagine that such a lens could really only be used a few days each year. Between hazing from ambient humidity and distortions caused by heat waves getting a good image with such lenses hardly seems worth the expense.I also dont think this is destined to be pointed at some celebrity-of-the-week, certainly not with a Hasselblad mount. No, this has the signature of a trophy item probably paid for with petro-dollars. As Robert Capa said, "If your images arent good enough, youre not close enough." In this case, one step might be worth $1,000 or more.

Theres an excellent article by Petteri I-cant-spell-Finnish-surnames-for-the-life-of-me called "Telephoto is for cowards". I strongly agree. Well, 100 mm equivalent or so is OK, thats just a very flattering perspective, and from my concert experience, well, unless you can get on the stage you need about 200 mm. To say nothing of sport shooters, of course, but their work is very documentary by nature, which makes it rare for them to produce art.