Of all the chess sets that get featured on DesignBuzz every so often, this is possibly the least innovative and the most uselessly expensive one ever. Compiled using nothing but a bunch of super-expensive camera lenses, this chess set is gimmicky at best. And that too for people who have enough cash to swing around to trash really expensive pieces of photography equipment and then play chess with the obsolete ones.
The complete 32 piece set was created by the good folks over at LensRentals who probably trashed a few boxes of their Nikon and Canon shipments playing footie in the warehouse and just had to come up with a way to salvage the expense. Or maybe, the firm hired a really lousy marketing officer and this is the best s/he could come up with for a promotional campaign on the peanuts s/he was being fed.
The set is made up of black Nikon and white Canon lenses with the 70-200 f/2.8 lens functioning as pawns, the 600mm f/4 lenses as Kings, the 500mm f4 lenses as Queens, the 400mm f/2.8 standing in for Bishops, the 300mm f/2.8 lenses as Knights and the 200mm f/2.0 stepping in for the rooks.
If you have enough of these to spare at home (or if you can siphon some off from the office), you can always make a set of your own. If not, LensRentals can rent you one for $9,221 but you will have to shell out an extra $1,100-$2,400 on shipping.
It may be hell expensive for a dull-looking chess set and it may not be much to look at, but it still makes pretty good gift for photographer friends. Throw in the Lens Pillow from Plushtography and you may just be crowned the world’s cheesiest gift-giver.