Lens Used During Apollo 15 Said to Auction for up to $600,000

A rare piece of camera history is said to go up for auction soon in Boston; and it’s not going to be cheap at all. The Zeiss Tele-Tessar f8 lens used to photograph on the Apollo 15 space mission will fetch $400,000-$600,000. This lens was designed specifically for a Hasselblad camera that was custom made for NASA’s astronauts to use while in a space suit according to the Wall St Journal.

This is the first telephoto lens used in space according to Collect Space, and is a 500mm f8 lens. It was used by astronaut Dave Scott who kept it in his personal collection over the years. Zeiss made many of these lenses, but this one was a special variant.

Just imagine holding a 500mm f8 lens by hand and shooting medium format film. That’s got to be tough!

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.