Britain's Biggest Speed Camera Uses Canon 100-400mm Lens

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The portable A417 camera dubbed the “Loan Ranger” and currently on trial along the M5, this new camera can get clear still photos and video of drivers from up to 3/5ths of a mile away (1000 metres) thanks to a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM mounted to the front.

Aimed at catching motorists using their mobile phones while driving as well as other offences such as speeding by seeing them, long before the driver spots the camera the test rig is currently being deployed between Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The now discontinued zoom lens from Canon was not a favourite among photographers when it was launched back in 1998 as it had a tendency to suck in dust while being zoomed in and out, earning it a nickname of “the dust pump”.

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