World’s Most Expensive Camera Lenses

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“Photography is an expensive hobby”, you as a photographer must be heard this phrase n number of times. Well, for some photography enthusiasts, this statement stands true.

We as professional/passionate photographers wait for the right moment to grab our dream lens either by saving over months or by waiting for the prices to fall. But there are some lavish lenses in the market waiting for their buyers, wealthy buyers to be precise. :)

Ever wondered what sum of money does some of the most expensive camera lenses in the world cost?

I have tried to curate a list of 10 most expensive camera lenses available, let’s have a look at the World’s Most Expensive Camera Lenses:

8. LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95: $10,000

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A 50mm lens is becoming a rage now days, a must-have lens for a digital camera. We usually get amazed by the crisp photos clicked using 50mm f/1.4 lenses, ever wondered what heavenly result would a f/0.95 lens produce?

In the year 1975, Leica came with their invention of Noctulux -M 50mm f/0.95 lens, which was the only 50mm f/0.95 lens in the market for years, after Canon discontinues its 50mm f/0.95 lens.

7. Sony 500mm f/4.0 G: $13,000

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A digital camera manufacturer which was considered a serious competitor to the dominating brands such as Canon and Nikon, now is becoming a threat to the same after the launch of their recent mirrorless cameras.

From this brand comes an impressive telephoto prime lens 500mm f/4.0 G, a great option for wildlife and sports photography.

6. Horseman 23mm f/5.6 HR: $13,500

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A lens listed as a special on-order-only lens for Horsman cameras (medium format), is hard to find as very few wide angle lenses are available for medium format cameras.

5. Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG: $26,000

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A massive lens which requires a battery pack for auto focusing, was the first 500mm lens to support constant f/2.8. If you are planning to buy this lens, start hitting the gym from today itself. :)

4. Canon 5200mm F/14: $50,000

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Caught your attention? Well, it deserves all your attention as this lens can easily focus on the subject from 394 feet away. Weighing nearly 90 kg, only three units of this bazooka shaped lens were manufactured, out of which one unit was sold on ebay for $50,000.

3. Nikkor 6mm f/2.8: $160,000 (approx.)

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Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 was crowned as the widest lens available in the world, when it was launched in the year 1973. Though the lens is not being manufactured any more, it allowed the camera to see a 220-degree field of view.

2. Canon 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM: $180,000

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Did you know, only two units of this super telephoto lens are manufactured every year, as the crystals and lenses used to produce the lens usually taken a year to grow. On top of that, this 1200mm beast comes with an ultrasonic motor for auto focusing. Isn’t it amazing?

1. Leica 1600mm f/5.6: $2,000,000

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Leica 1600mm f/5.6, the world’s most expensive lens was purchased by a prince from Qatar for whooping $2,064,500. The prince never shared any sample image from this record making lens, wouldn’t you love to see the result of this lens?

Did we miss mentioning a lens which you think deserves a place in this blog post? Do share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Kunal Malhotra
Kunal Malhotra, a photography enthusiast whose passion for photography started 6 years back during his college days. Kunal is also a photography blogger, based out of Delhi. He loves sharing his knowledge about photography with fellow aspiring photographers by writing regular posts on his blog: The Photography Blogger. Some of his favourite genres of photography are Product, Street, Fitness and Architecture.