Tuesday, November 15, 2016



Occasionally we have seen pictures of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann using a Leica with a red lens.  This lens is now available in a limited edition of 100 units.  It is the APO Summicron 50mm, f/2 ASPH, featuring a red, anodized finish.  The price will be $8,950 compared to $7,795 for the black version and $7,995 for the silver anodized model.

Here is what Leica wrote in their press release:

Red is the new black. Leica APO-SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 ASPH special limited edition in red anodized 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 recognized 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 anodized finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, at a suggested retail price of $8,950.




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