Leica Camera just announced a new limited special edition version of the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH, red anodized finish with a red anodized lens cap and gray cow hide leather lens case. There will be only 100 units of this special edition lens available worldwide. The first ever Leica lens to come in a red finish!
The technical features of this lens are identical to the black and silver versions. This red anodized finish version will cost $8,950 in the US while the black version details for $7,795 and silver version for $7,995. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from December 9, 2016.
“LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is available in a red anodised version
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. has been given a brand new look. The world’s sharpest standard lens is the first ever Leica lens to be offered in an alternative, red-anodised finish from December. The uniqueness of this eye-catching special edition is further underlined by the planned production of only 100 red-anodised versions of the lens.
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is considered to be the reference lens amongst standard focal lengths. It is characterised in particular by exceptional imaging performance, extremely sharp reproduction of even the finest details and high contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture. The utilization of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained to a great extent at close shooting distances. A total of eight lens elements is employed to achieve its exceptional optical performance. Three of these are made from glass types with high anomalous partial dispersion for apochromatic correction and two of the others have a particularly high refractive index. The specially formulated glass types employed are based on original developments from the former Leitz glass laboratory. The use of such glasses requires great effort and many years of experience. Thanks to the consistent advancement of optical technologies, processes have since been refined and perfected to achieve the best possible imaging qualities.
As is the case for all other Leica lenses, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. As a particularly reliable product with enduring value with the quality guarantee ‘Made in Germany’, this lens is manufactured from the finest materials and is assembled completely by hand in an elaborate process. The combination of cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedures guarantees consistently excellent quality.”
Via: Leica Camera