Leica 1600mm f/5.6 for only $2 Million!
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Fred Miranda
Registered: Dec 31, 2001
Total Posts: 17683
Country: United States

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



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 4770
Country: Canada

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.



Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
Total Posts: 2978
Country: Czech Republic

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..).



FlyPenFly
Registered: Feb 14, 2011
Total Posts: 6389
Country: United States

This is a bit too mainstream for me.



speedmaster20d
Registered: Oct 20, 2009
Total Posts: 1534
Country: United States

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.



Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
Total Posts: 2978
Country: Czech Republic

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



jcolwell
Registered: Feb 10, 2005
Total Posts: 20254
Country: Canada

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



Deezie
Registered: Mar 07, 2005
Total Posts: 1437
Country: United States

Excellent price. I'll take two!



RobDickinson
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 3350
Country: New Zealand

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



EltonTeng
Registered: Mar 21, 2005
Total Posts: 2609
Country: United States

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



Tom Dix
Registered: Jun 29, 2010
Total Posts: 1627
Country: United States

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



ytwong
Registered: Dec 29, 2003
Total Posts: 1516
Country: China

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..



rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 4565
Country: United States

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.



ytwong
Registered: Dec 29, 2003
Total Posts: 1516
Country: China

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



JimBuchanan
Registered: Jan 11, 2006
Total Posts: 1444
Country: United States

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.



bobbytan
Registered: Feb 03, 2004
Total Posts: 7419
Country: United States

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.



rico
Registered: Jul 13, 2003
Total Posts: 3821
Country: United States

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.



EOS20
Registered: Mar 06, 2005
Total Posts: 13632
Country: Australia

That's a bargain for a Leica Lens!



EOS20
Registered: Mar 06, 2005
Total Posts: 13632
Country: Australia

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



Yakim Peled
Registered: Nov 18, 2004
Total Posts: 16903
Country: Israel

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

Not....

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



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