World’s Most Expensive Lens: $2 million Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm

Gear & Apps August 27th 2012 11:20 AM 13 Comments

Most Expensive Lens - Leica APO Telyt R 1600mm

At a sum of US$ 2,064,500, Leica has the honor of manufacturing the world’s most expensive SLR Lens, the Leica APO-Telyt-R f/5.6 1600mm telephoto lens. A Howitzer among lenses, this 1600mm is also the largest and heaviest telephoto lens at 47.24 inches long, 16.5 inches diameter, and 132 lbs! This one-off lens is commissioned by Qatar’s former minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar.

This lens is so heavy that according to Danish Leica expert Thorsten Overgaard, Sheikh Al-Thani commissioned Mercedes to make a specially-equipped four-wheel-drive vehicle to carry the lens and act as a mobile tripod.

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Leica APO Telyy-R 1600mm Side

Leica APO Telyy-R 1600mm Front & Camera Comparison



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  1. Robert Kotula

    This lens would be great for watching girls close up on the beach…!!!

  2. Amando Filipe

    This would be perfect for pictures of cats

    • RaisonDuMonde

      …sleeping inside the end of the lens.

  3. Michael Larkin

    While I love photography and all related to it, I look at this lens and think “How practical is it” I know most of my work has me crawling up riverbeds up to my knees in water or marching across fields full of cows and bulls, I ask myself why would I hinder my work by owning a lens of such proportions.
    I look at this lens and I think, ” There are people starving to death at this very moment. And as I reach for my gear and head out I thank God I do not have this monster.

    Michael Larkin

  4. C_j_ryan

    I’d like to actually see some of the shots he’s taken with this. I wonder what his Flickr account is?

  5. Paolo

    Does anyone know the place where one can watch photos made by this lens?

  6. Anonymous

    I second the question, Where are the pictures taken with this lens? (probably girls from a far far far away beach..)

  7. Jackson4realo

    Is this for taking picture of people from other planet. 

  8. lmbd

    most expensive AND useless lens!

  9. LeightonPrice

    Did he use this lens to take the pictures of Kate and William in France?

  10. J. Dennis Thomas

    Only f/5.6? Call me when it they get it to f/2.8 or I’m not interested…

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