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Archive 2012 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!
  
 
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From popphoto.com: "It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the world's priciest lens comes with a red Leica dot logo on it. But when it comes to price, the Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm truly goes above and beyond. This one-off extreme telephoto was created for Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar for 16 million Hong Kong dollars, just over $2 million in the US.

That lens is a one off, but the photo above is from the prototype that's in the Leica factory showroom. Since this lens isn't exactly being sent out for review, we don't know an awful lot about it. It fits the Leica R-mount, is 1.2 meters long (1.55 with a lens hood), has a maximum diameter of 42cm, and weighs 60kg. The kicker? Sheikh Al-Thani had a Mercedes four-wheel drive commissioned specially to drive the lens around, and act as a support."

To read the entire article, visit popphoto.com






Edited on Aug 28, 2012 at 03:51 AM



Aug 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Sounds similar to the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4 lens made for a similar individual back in 2006: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2006/10/1/zeiss1700f4

The Zeiss press release.



Aug 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Guess it would be nice lens for birding. And unlike that Zeiss its movable by single person (60kg isnt "that" much..).

Certainly would be nice lens to have, but there are much cheaper ways to get to 1600mm equiv. not mentioning portability.

Having that 50mm f1.2 prototype lens might be more interesting.. (even tho Leica thought its not good enough..).



Aug 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


This is a bit too mainstream for me.


Aug 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


I didn't know the sheik of Qatar was into photography

Leica sure needs some help in these troubled times.

The Zeiss lens was made of the sheik too.



Aug 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Leica doesnt need help, they built new factory very recently. They have waiting list for some lens.. Far from problems.


Aug 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Maybe they'll trade for a set of Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 binoculars? They're AF...


Aug 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Excellent price. I'll take two!


Aug 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


I'm going to wait for the luise vitton edition.


Aug 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


It's out of stock. Too funny/how ironic!


Aug 28, 2012 at 02:27 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


I'm going to wait for the mark 2 IS version.


Aug 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Does the 4WD has a "lens turret" as well too?

IS version? He can put a big Gyro Stabilizer on the 4WD to stabilize the lens and himself.

A Hermes edition is more likely that a LV edition!

Actually the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mm f/4 sounds better... longer and faster..



Aug 28, 2012 at 03:13 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Can I adapt that lens to my Olympus OM-D? With a 2x crop factor on an MFT, I should be able to pick out the Mars Rover.


Aug 28, 2012 at 03:24 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


I am more hopping to put on on a Pentax Q!


Aug 28, 2012 at 03:35 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Ok, great, this focal length gets us into premium telescopes. You want that kind of image qauality at that kind of focal length, look up Astro-Physics, Takahashi, and TEC.

This 1600mm is a Leica collector's item. I would put my A-P triplet up against this telephoto any day. Just saying.



Aug 28, 2012 at 04:15 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


I didn't know that he lives in Hong Kong.

speedmaster20d wrote:
I didn't know the sheik of Qatar was into photography

Leica sure needs some help in these troubled times.

The Zeiss lens was made of the sheik too.




Aug 28, 2012 at 04:46 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


That lens was listed on eBay for a great price. I was going to buy it, but the seller wouldn't take PayPal. That's when I got suspicious.


Aug 28, 2012 at 04:56 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


That's a bargain for a Leica Lens!




Aug 28, 2012 at 05:20 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Look at the size of that Red dot!! Bet that makes up a majority of the cost of the lens!




Aug 28, 2012 at 05:25 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!


Great. I'm just selling my gear and wondered what to do with the money.

Not....

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Aug 28, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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