Leica Unveils Limited Edition Red Anodized APO-Summicron 50mm
Leica has unveiled a new limited edition version of the APO-SUmmicron-M 50mm lens. The lens is anodized red, and only 100 will be made available worldwide. Considering the limited nature of this lens, the mere $2000 ($9750) premium over the regular black version is actually quite a surprise. I’m sure collectors will be scrambling to get this lens because it will surely surpass its initial value almost immediately. I’d think it unlikely we’ll see this lens in the large online stores such as Amazon or B&H Photo. For this one, you’ll have to go hunting around in the official Leica store that are scattered across the major cites of the world.
I personally think this is the ugliest lens Leica has ever dreamt up, but I’m sure they’ll sell them all in a heartbeat. So much for the discretion of rangefinder street photography…
Red is the new black. Leica APO-SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. special limited edition in red anodised finish
Leica Camera has introduced the first ever special edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. With just 100 units available globally, this exclusive Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. will be available from December 2016.
The world’s sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is considered to be the reference model amongst standard focal lengths, and is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, incredibly sharp reproduction of fine details, and high contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained at close shooting distances.
A total of eight elements is employed to achieve the extraordinary optical performance of this lens. Three of the elements are made from glass with high anomalous partial dispersion for apochromatic correction, and two have a particularly high refractive index. Based on original developments from the former Leitz glass laboratory, the use of these specially formulated glass types requires exceptional effort and many years of experience. Thanks to the continuous advancements in optical technology, processes have been refined and perfected over time, resulting in consistently outstanding imaging quality.
As with all Leica lenses, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. Offering unrivalled reliability and enduring value, the lens is engineered from the finest, high quality materials and meticulously assembled by hand. Coupled with the Leica ‘Made in Germany’ stamp of excellence, this blend of cutting-edge technology and precision manufacturing guarantees consistently outstanding quality.
Pricing and availability
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, at a suggested retail price of £7,575 including VAT.