11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

For nearly two centuries, developed the art of photography, and with it and the equipment, which allows people to capture the world around us. Today we look at the most exotic models of lenses, which are produced in the history of photography.

1. Petzval portrait lens with a controllable Bokeh: Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

Cult Petzval lens was again in the spotlight in 2013, when the Lomography community to raise him up through a campaign on Kickstarter kraudfandingovoy platform. Original designed in 1840 by Josef Petzval. In it for the iris control is used traditional system Waterhouse (Waterhouse). The results of shooting with this lens is impressive extreme sharpness and at the same time unsurpassed smooth bokeh. Currently, it sells for about $ 600.

"The first lens Petzval c controllable Bokeh - Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art"

2. Super wide-angle fisheye lens: Nikkor 6mm F / 2.8

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

The legendary Nikkor 6 mm F / 2.8 with a field of view of 220 degrees can shoot behind. The lens consists of 12 elements in 9 groups, which work together to drive the five-kilogram this engineering marvel. Nikkor 6mm includes six built-in filters for white balance. In the last instance of this lens was sold in London for 160 000 dollars.

"Video footage Nikkor 6mm F / 2.8 - a lens that can see behind itself"

3. Extremely aperture: Carl Zeiss Planar 50 mm F / 0.7

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

Initially, the lens developed in 1966 with the ambitious aim: to NASA use it to make a photo side of the moon. Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F / 0.7 - one of the most high-aperture lens (if not the aperture) ever created. Total produced only ten copies of this lens, one remained at Carl Zeiss, six pieces acquired by NASA agency, and bought three directed by Stanley Kubrick. Planar 50mm F / 0.7 enabled Kubrick to shoot scenes lit only by candles in the movie "Barry Lyndon."

4. The super telephoto lens: Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T * 1700 mm F / 4

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

The company Carl Zeiss lens showed that in 2006 at Photokina in Germany. Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T * 1700 mm F / 4 is specifically designed for anonymous amateur "photo hunting" of the State of Qatar. Price remains a mystery. We only know that the lens consists of 15 elements in 13 groups, and is designed for medium-format systems.

5. The animal for sport shooting: Sigma 200-500 mm F / 2.8

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

He looks like a bazooka, but it is one of the fastest lenses on the market. Sigma 200-500 mm F / 2.8 mega has high focusing speed for shooting sport. With 2x teleconverter can easily increase the distance range up to 1000 mm. The price of this unique telephoto lens starts from 26 000 dollars. On the Internet there are amusing reviews Sigma 200-500 mm F / 2.8.

6. The extreme distance: Canon 5200 mm F / 14

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

If none of the above objectives could not appease your thirst focal lengths, it is possible that 5200 mm monster from Canon succeed. It weighs more than ninety kilograms without support. Such giant with a diaphragm F / 14 under force to focus on objects located at a distance of 30 km to 52 km.

They were made in all three copies of the Canon 5200 mm F / 14; one of them sold on eBay for $ 50,000 a few years ago.

7. The speed and accuracy: Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm F / 0.95

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

The German company known for its high-quality equipment, has released the lens Leica Noctilux-M 50mm F / 0.95, picking up the edge of the possible. Although he is not the aperture in the history, but the most high-aperture aspheric lens. Despite the wide aperture, Noctilux-M, nicknamed "King of the Night" maintains a high sharpness. Leica advertised it as an object that is "superior to the human eye on the speed of perception." Its price is established in more than 10 000 dollars.

8. The unique bokeh pattern "bubbles": Meyer-Optik Trioplan F / 2.8

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

recently launched on Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the re-release of Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan legendary lens 100mm F / 2.8, which became popular in the 60s of the last century. This is another lens, which provides a unique pattern bokeh blur in the area, which is popularly called the "soap bubbles." Initially, the lens produced one of the largest optical factories in Germany, founded by Hugo Meyer at the end of the XIX century. The modern version of the lens Meyer-Optik Trioplan F / 2.8 will be available in October this year at a price of $ 1,000.

9. Spot Focus: Lensbaby Composer Pro 50

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

Not all of the unique lens should not break the bank, it just proves we Lensbaby's Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic.

For $ 299 you can get a unique lens that will allow for creativity and immerse fotoeksperimenty edge of the image in a deep blur. Objective Composer Pro with Sweet module 50 has an aperture of F / 2.5 and is compatible with cameras APS-C format and full frame cameras. There are variations in the lens of 35 mm and 80 mm for 379 dollars and 499 dollars respectively.

10. Olympic giant: Canon 1200 mm F / 5.6

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

Canon 1200 mm F / 5.6 takes place in our list as a classic, worthy of mention. This shestnadtsatikilogrammovy super telephoto lens with 13 elements in 11 groups first appeared in 1984. He was released for the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Thanks to the huge range of focal lengths, it was intended for shooting sports and wildlife. All produced less than 100 copies. One of them was sold in April 2015 in B & H 180 000 dollars.

the lens 11. The most expensive: Leica APO-Telyt-R 1: 5.6 / 1600 mm

11 most interesting lenses in the history of photography

The Qatari prince paid for this unique lens is the enormous amount of 2,064,500 US dollars, making it the most expensive in the world. It is known that there are two copies Leica APO-Telyt-R 1: 5.6 / 1600 mm, detailed specifications are not disclosed. champion length is about 1.2 meters, and weight - about 60 kilograms.