The 2 million Leica lens youll never get to see

first_imgYou might think that spending thousands of dollars on a really high-quality camera lens is an example of outrageous frivolity. You might be right about that, but you probably don’t have the funds available to rich photo-buff Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar. He ordered the specially made Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm lens direct from Leica and spent a whopping $2,064,500 to get it. This makes it the most expensive consumer camera lens ever made.This Leica APO-Telyt-R was prototyped and built in Leica’s Solms, Germany factory, where the prototype can still be seen on display. The lens has a bayonet mount for Leica’s R-series manual focus SLR cameras. The body of the lens is 1.2-meters long, and it 42cm wide at the end. It tips the scales at at least 60kg, or 132lbs. It goes without saying that this thing requires a very sturdy tripod to be usable.Because the APO-Telyt-R was a one-off production, the exact specs are not available, but some figures are known. The focal length is 1600mm, which means it can be used to take pictures extremely far away in a very narrow field of view, about 1.5 degrees. it also fits Leica’s 1.4x and 2x APO-teleconverters, which boost the focal length to 2240mm or 3200mm respectively. Because the focal length is so long, it would be hard to get clear images. This is another reason this lens needs very solid tripod support.Sadly, you’re probably never going to see what this beauty can do. It was delivered to Al-Thani in 2006, and no pictures taken with it have ever been made public. That’s a bummer, but it’s a little fun to know something like this exists.via Apo Telytlast_img