I purchased a new camera, Canon SX50 HS. It has a 50x telephoto lens which is equivalent to a 1200mm lens on a 35mm SLR.
My primary camera will remain my Canon T3i, but occasionally, a lens with this capability would be nice.
A 1200mm lens can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. Much cheaper way to
go when you only need a lens of this type periodically.