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I'm not sure how to ask this other than "What are these big lenses?"

One of the comments mentions that they might be Zeiss. I'm not sure how to tell.


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They are "telephoto" lenses, a named reserved for "long" focal lengths. The long focal length generally requires the lens itself to be long, hence the big barrels you see. – Olin Lathrop Jan 2 '13 at 15:13
@OlinLathrop "telephoto" is not reserved for long focal lengths, but for lenses whose front principal plane lies outside the lens body. The lens on the right is a short focal length T1.3 prime (accounting for the size) which is the very opposite of a telephoto, being a retrofocal design! – Matt Grum Jan 2 '13 at 15:47
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They're both Cine lenses mounted on Canon 1DCs. The 1DC is a variant of Canon's 1DX flagship DSLR, which can shoot 4K video using the central APS-H region of the 35mm sensor.

The one on the left is an Angenieux Optimo 12x, a very high end 24-290mm T2.8 cine superzoom lens:

The one on the right is a Zeiss master series T1.3 prime lens, probably the 12mm:

The T1.3 specification accounts for the size of the lens - T1.3 means a t-stop of 1.3, sort of like a f-stop but based on the measured transmission of light, not the aperture size alone. A T1.3 lens is most likely f/1.2!

I'm afraid you can't afford either of them ;)

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+1 for the understatement of the year "I'm afraid you can't afford either of them" – huzzah Jan 2 '13 at 19:26
Ha! Ditto - +1 from me too :-) – Mike Jan 3 '13 at 11:40
lol. but the Zeiss is listed for only $25,000 on ebay! – cwd Jan 4 '13 at 3:19

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