Starting in December, the world’s sharpest standard lens will be available in a special edition red anodized finish. This is the first Leica lens to ever be offered in such a color, of which there will be only 100 red-colored lenses distributed worldwide, priced at $8,950.00 each. Every lens comes with a matching red anodized lens cap and a unique gray cowhide leather lens case.

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. red anodized finish has the same technical specifications and performance of the standard black and silver versions – considered to be the reference lens among standard focal length lenses. Its exceptional imaging performance, extremely sharp detail reproduction and high contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture separate it from others in the field. Furthermore, a floating element in its design ensures that the lens maintains its clarity at close shooting distances.

A total of eight lens elements are employed to achieve such exceptional optical performance. Three of these are made from glass with high anomalous partial dispersion, for apochromatic correction, while two of the others have a particularly high refractive index. The specially formulated glass types are based on original developments and innovations from the former Leitz glass laboratory. Utilizing such resources requires great effort and many years of experience, as these unique glasses require a very demanding manufacturing process.

As all Leica lenses are, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar, Germany and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. This lens is manufactured from the finest materials and is assembled completely by hand. The combination of cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedures guarantees consistently excellent quality, with the guarantee of ‘Made in Germany’ proudly engraved on its barrel.

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, for $8,950 USD.