And if you have somehow broken a piece of gear as expensive as this, you have my sincere sympathy. Here's what happens when a projectile traveling over 100 mph meets a very, very, very, very expensive camera lens.
Edwin Encarnacion hits baseballs really hard, sometimes up to 114 mph. At today's Indians and Athletics game, he hit a screaming line drive foul ball into the camera bay. At first, I thought it hit Andre Knott, the Indians' beloved on-the-field reporter, but he stuck his head out of the camera bay and flashed a thumbs up, after which I didn't think about the foul ball again, until my phone buzzed with a notification that Encarnacion had actually hit one of the broadcast cameras dead-on. That's a shattered Fujinon Digipower 76 lens, a unit that retailed somewhere north of $100,000 when it came out a few years ago. In other words, you could throw a couple of today's most expensive 100-megapixel medium format cameras off a roof and not come close to jeopardizing the amount of equipment that errant foul did.
The Digipower 76 is a broadcast lens designed for the 9.6 x 5.4mm image format for 16:9 television. It has a 76x zoom range covering focal lengths from 9.3mm to 710mm (18.6mm to 1,420mm with a 2x extender), a maximum aperture range of f/1.7-f/3.6 (impressively, it holds f/1.7 all the way to 334mm), an impressive matching T-stop range of T1.8-T3.8, and a bevy of neat features, all weighing in at 48 lbs (21.8 kg).
By the way, last season, Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run that managed to seriously damage a Canon XJ72, a lens that sat around $60,000 in value, so it appears Encarnacion is upping the ante. As far as I can tell, a Digipower 101 would probably be the most expensive lens to smack, with a price tag well above $200,000. There's still half a season of baseball left, so we'll see what happens.