A photographer is waiting to capture the new pope on camera with a Nikon DSLR and the enormous Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED super-telephoto lens.
The pope is the worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. The last pope was Benedict XVI, but he resigned on February 28, 2013, citing physical and mental strength concerns. In order words, Benedict XVI was unable to fulfill his papal duties, so he decided to resign.
Joseph Ratzinger will be soon replaced by a new pope, chosen by and from Vatican’s cardinals. When the time finally comes, photographer Dylan Martinez will be there, waiting to seize the moment with the help of some impressive gear.
The impressive gear consists of a super-telephoto zoom lens, which only a few people have had the chance to use. It consists of a Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8 optic and it is a huge lens that attracts a lot of views from curious eyes in St. Peter’s square in Vatican.
Photographer armed with Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED telephoto lens waiting for the new pope to show up
The Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens was also demoed at the CP+ Camera Photo & Imaging Show 2013, an event which took place in late January. However, other versions of the lens were first displayed back in the early 1990s.
Many photographers consider this product as the “mother of all lenses” as it is packed with “serious” technology.
The Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED is made out of 18 elements divided into 13 groups. It is based on nine diaphragm blades and weighs 16 kilograms. Additionally, the super-telephoto lens measures 888mm in length, while its diameter stands at 237mm.
These are all very impressive numbers, but it is also worth mentioning that the telephoto lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10 meters, but it can focus properly even at distances of 130 meters.
Dylan Martinez may have to wait a little longer than expected
Photographer Dylan Martinez finds himself in the Saint Peter’s Square on behalf of the Reuters agency and, by the looks of it, he still has a lot of time to wait.
The cardinals have not yet elected a new pope and the process might take a few more days. Moreover, the inauguration ceremony will most likely take place a couple of days after the end of the conclave.
When the new pope is finally elected, he will be greeted by this enormous Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens. Stay tuned for the official photos!