Carl Zeiss Mirotar 1000mm Telephoto Lens
|February 2, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Cool Gear|
Hmmm, what sort of rare and insane photography gear should we feature on PhotoGearHeads.Com today? I’m Thinking… I’m thinking… Well, I suppose it should be something that a lot of people are sure to have an interest in rushing out and attempting to immediately acquire, no? It should be something in which most Photo Gearheads would consider their current and particular collection of photo-gear to be entirely incomplete due to the absence of such an item, yes? Hmmm, thinking… thinking…
I’ve got it! How about an almost half-century old, $20,000.00+, one-thousand millimeter telephoto lens that’s as big as a… well… a really big thing (Drat! Still having that problem with similes!) and likely just as heavy?
Yes, folks, for those most common of situations when you absolutely, positively must capture the finest of detail in every, single pore on your model’s face, from at least four-hundred yards away, Zeiss manufactured the Mirotar 1,000 mm f/5.6 telephoto lens! With a minimum focusing distance of over thirty-nine feet, and an aperture range spanning f/5.6 to f/11, the applications for this massive ogre of optical ginormousness are truly limitless, wouldn’t you say?
This beast of a lens actually weighs in at almost… get this… .02 TONS!!! Yes, that’s an accurate figure — I did the calculation. Ok, ok… so, expressing the weight as a fraction of a ton might make it seem like the lens weighs more than it actually does. But, this lens’ actual weight of 0.0182 tons does still translate into just over thirty-six pounds! I’d bet that this one lens probably weighs more than the weight of your entire current lens collection combined, am I right? Whatever the case, I think it a safe assumption that the Zeiss Mirotar 1,000 is most assuredly NOT a fun lens to hand-hold. (Uh… I think we’re going to need a bigger tri-pod!) Thirty-six pounds, man! Thirty-six pounds!
All of that being said, though, apparently the Mirotar 1,000 is one heck of a quality lens — achieving the absolute toppiest of top ratings in both build and optical quality. It is famous for being completely devoid of any trace of chromatic aberration, produces tack-sharp images that are beyond tack-sharp, and reportedly, produces bokeh which must be seen in order to be believed. So, yeah… what a bargain for a lens that weighs as much as a small child, and has a price tag equivalent to that of a pretty darn decent, brand-new automobile!
The Zeiss Mirotar 1000 was originally produced in 1965, and the seller of this particular Mirotar dates his item as having a production date of circa 1967. The lens is, of course, manual focus, and mounts natively to compatible Contax or Yashica cameras. However, adapters are apparently available for more currently popular camera brands, such as Nikon, Canon and Leica (as I was able to confirm) Adapters for other brands may exist as well, but I was not able to confirm the existence of any at this time. The original wooden case is also included in the sale, however the seller states that a filter holder and filters that this lens was originally sold with are not included.
An original brochure from Zeiss, for the Mirotar 1,000, can be found at this location.
The seller is asking for $21,601.00 for the lens but is considering best offers. According to AllPhotoLenses.Com, the average price of these monsters runs at $23,333.00 — so, make of that what you will. The seller also claims that this particular Mirotar was a special Zeiss, Oberkochen factory lens, of which only twenty-three were ever made. But, again, make of that what you will, as I was unable to confirm the existence of such a rarity. If true, however, it could conceivably add to the worth of this particular item. Or… it may not.
The sale is located here, and runs until February 7th. …$20,000.00+ for a lens… yikes! I hope your Paypal account is good and beefy!