Leica Has Made the Most Expensive Camera Lens in the World
There are many rare and famous camera lenses in the world. Some of them have attracted attention with their telephoto reach, others have the largest aperture or are just well known for being the biggest in smartphones (like the one on the Nokia 808 PureView). The APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm made by Leica is also in the list of the most famous and rare lens, carrying the title of the most expensive lens in the world – it was sold to Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar for $2,064,500.
The Leica APO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm was made in 2006 in a single copy, but its prototype can be found at Leica’s factory showrooms in Solms, Germany. It has a 1.2-meter body (which becomes 1.55m when the lens hood is also attached) and weighs about 132lbs (60kg), so the owner can’t use it without a good tripod; besides, according to Danish Leica expert ThorstenOvergaard, the Sheikh even has a special 4WD Mercedes to move the big and heavy lens around.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the technical specifications of the most expensive lens in the world, and the owner hasn’t ever shown us any images taken by it. But the name of the lens tells us its focal length is 1,600mm and it covers a diagonal angle of view of 1.5 degrees, which is quite impressive. It’s also rumored to be compatible with Leica’s 1.4x and 2x APO-teleconverters, giving rise to 1:8/2240mm and 1:11/3200mm optical systems, respectively.
Seems to be nice, heh? But is it really worth $2,064,500?