The 1923 Leica O-series that previously set the record for the most expensive camera ever sold, has a powerful contender – the Leica SPO lens. The latest, most expensive camera lens is superior in terms of other aspects too. It happens to be the longest, biggest, and heaviest camera lens to be ever manufactured. The Leica SPO-Telyt with R 1:5.6/1600mm lens, which was ordered by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar is 1.2 meters long, 42 cm wide and weighs 132lbs (60 kgs). The bulky camera lens which requires a tripod to be used, is compatible with Leica’s 1.4x and 2x APO-tele-converters that would give it a focal length of 2,240mm and 3,200mm.
Any price guesses for this custom-made lens? The Leica SPO-Telyt-R 1:5.6/1600mm retails at a whopping $2,064,500. And owing to its nature, this special camera needs special protection> That’s why Sheikh Al-Thani has commissioned a specially-equipped four-wheel drive Mercedes to carry and move around the expensive lens. In-te-res-ting!
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