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We hope you’ve got deep pockets…

Well, to be honest, we don’t expect anyone to be able to purchase a lens like the ones listed here in this post. But you should know that they number amongst the most expensive ever made and sold right now. We’re sure that in the right hands, they’ll take the greatest images that you may ever see, but some of them are for very special use.

Here’s our curated list of the most expensive camera lenses.

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Kai over at DigitalRev had a chance to play with Canon’s new 11-24mm f4 L USM lens and he seems to believe that it isn’t so great for street photography. Why? It’s really wide, he states. In fact, he believes that it sees around corners (really, but not really) and you need to get very close to a subject.

To do the tests, he goes to tiny little shops in Hong Kong with the big lens–then believes that the images that it can get are awesome.

While it can create awesome images, Kai still believes that you need to use the wide angle lens to fill the scene with interesting things to look at. The video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 58mm f2 Biotar images (3 of 4)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 8.0

Vintage lenses weren’t designed for digital photography; but their effects is one that isn’t often mimicked anymore in digital and that can be very beautiful. These lenses aren’t the sharpest, they don’t have micro contrast, they don’t have the saturated colors that modern lenses have, and they don’t resolve as much detail–but they’ll give you an incredible look that you could be in love with right out of the camera. Indeed, some of these lenses are popular and some aren’t. But in our tests and trials, these are a few that really stand out.

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Photographer Brooks Sterling is the focus of the Pilot episode of a new web series called Analog by Matt Mangham. The first episode interviews Brooks about his surfing work and how he uses film to get the images that he does. Brooks reasons that for years photographers used Nikonos cameras and old Canon EOS V SLR cameras to get magazine covers; and so he concludes that it must be good enough for him.

But the best part of the video is hearing about how Brooks shoots. He states that since he uses only a 35mm on the Nikonos, he has to get close and he only has a chance to get the shot once every wave. What this means is that it takes incredible skill and timing to get the image that he wants. In addition to this, he also needs to jump with the waves.

Brooks also talks about how film photography is like riding the waves–each wave is different and each photo will be different. He feels that with digital, it’s very simple for all of your images to look the same.

The video is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (2 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

Last week, we found a lot of discounts on mirrorless cameras over at Amazon. But the company has rolled out even more discounts on lenses, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and bundles.

Still on are the Sony A7 and lenses for it are all being discounted. Plus you can get $300 off on the 5D Mk II and 6D; or check out Amazon’s top deals in photography. The listings are after the jump.

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Canon QL17

The Canon Canonet QL17 is a camera that is highly sought after by many film photographers these days. It comes with a 40mm f1.7 fixed lens, an ISO setting only up to 800, and even has a light meter built in. It was very popular, and guess what: it’s a rangefinder!

When you think of rangefinder cameras you could easily think of companies like Leica, Zeiss, Voigtlander, Mamiya, Bronica and even Nikon. Rangefinders dominated the scene for many years until the SLR came about and offered interchangeable lenses, through the lens field of views, and affordability for many professional and hobbyist photographers alike.

As digital photography became the norm, new photographers began to pick up old film cameras in order to experiment and expand their creativity. But beyond that, there were a number of years where photographers couldn’t get a small, mirrorless good quality camera. Indeed, I was a part of this crowd. Now, the world has so many options but very few have the feel of solid rangefinder cameras like the QL17.

Want more affordable rangefinder cameras? We’ve got a full list here. But for even more, the folks at PDExposures have a video after the jump on the camera.

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