29 Aug 2012 admin In G+ Posts


Reshared post from +Joe Bodego

This Leica 1600mm Lens Costs 2 Million Dollars
Leave it to Leica to produce the worlds most expensive lens. Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar had this lens specially designed and shipped to him for a cool $2,064,500. This 1600mm 5.6 lens is the biggest and heaviest Leica has ever made and although it is a one of a kind product, you can see the prototype of this lens (the one in the picture above) in Leica’s factory showroom in Solms, Germany.
Obviously stabilizing a lens of this size is a feat in itself and it has been reported that the Sheikh who bought it also commissioned a specially designed Mercedes to carry and steady it. Sadly the Sheik has never released any of his images taken with this lens so we will never know how it actually performs. I hope I’m around in 50 years when this thing shows up on eBay.

Comments: 14

  1. Larry Maxwell 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    Every camera bag needs one……….

  2. Larry Maxwell 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    ……or three 😉

  3. Brent Burzycki 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    +Olav Folland totally hand holdable….

  4. michel prins 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    only for spying your neighbours. 😉

  5. Brent Burzycki 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    +michel prins my neighbors hair follicles… inside a crater on mars…

  6. michel prins 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    lol yeah right, guess its only ment for ppl living in skyscrapers or castles on top of hills.

  7. Olav Folland 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    That 5200mm has a focal length of 18-32 miles… 8200+ mm on a crop sensor O_o

    Minimum focal length 390 feet though, so that rules out football games.  Plus, where are you going to park the pickup with the ring mount? 

    Even were I rich, I'd have a hard time spending $2M on a lens though 😛

  8. Brent Burzycki 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    +michel prins I need a castle lens……

  9. Brent Burzycki 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    Sheikh +Olav Folland  and his truck mounted super lens…You would need a lens beach towel for the thing… and think of the lens cap and sun shade…. 

  10. I do not have such money, but I want to try this lens!!! thank you +Joe Bodego 

  11. David Röll 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    Mount it on a Pentax Q 😉

  12. Chris Brooks 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    I live in Qatar…. I need to meet this guy!

  13. Brent Burzycki 29 Aug 2012 Reply

    +Chris Brooks Find him and get some photos with it and post them here… 🙂 Actually you might be able to take photos of me from Qatar with me in the San Francisco Bay Area…

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