Friday, 31 August 2012

Leica Produce worlds most expensive camera lens, again, with the SPO-Telyt.

Leica have been at the forefront of producing high end photography equipment pretty much since their inception, and with the average Leica Rangefinder retailing in the region of £10,000 on average, and special editions increasing to nearly £100,000, it's not hard to see that high pricing is to be expected.  In 1923 Leica released the O-Series camera which set the world record for the most expensive camera ever sold, and now, for a special order Leica have done it again.

The Leica SPO-Telyt with R 1:5.6/1600mm lens ordered by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar is 1.2 metres long, 42cm wide and weighs 60kg, it requires a tripod to be used, and is compatible with Leica's 1.4x and 2x APO teleconverters that would give it a focal length of 2,240mm and 3,200mm.

The custom made lens cost the Sheikh $2,064,500, and apparently he has commissioned a specially-equipped four wheel drive mercedes to carry and move around the expensive lens.

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