The Leica Lisse retailer within the Netherlands has acquired a particularly uncommon lens: the large, 26-pound Leica / Hughes Leitz 17mm f/2. That is the one instance of this wide-angle lens produced and is at the moment accessible for buy for simply $47,200.
The Leica Store Lisse often obtains some uncommon and distinctive Leica merchandise, together with an unopened Leica KE-7A initially bought to the army that included an X-ray of the packaging to guarantee consumers what was inside.
This time, as noticed by Leica Rumors, the shop has listed an exceedingly uncommon quick wide-angle prime.
“Newly added into our assortment is that this ‘considered one of a sort’ Leica / Hughes Leitz 17mm 2.0 fisheye lens which nearly weighs 12 kilograms (about 26 kilos),” the shop writes in an outline each on Facebook and its website.
“The identify ‘Hughes Leitz’ was adopted on the finish of 1990 when Hughes Plane (USA) bought Ernst Leitz Canada (ELCAN), and altered the identify to Hughes Leitz Optical Applied sciences. In late 1997, Hughes Plane Co. bought Hughes Leitz Optical Applied sciences to Raytheon Co. (USA) and altered its identify to ELCAN Optical Applied sciences. Subsequently, this Hughes Leitz lens was probably produced between November 1990 and December 1997. In addition to the identify ‘Hughes,’ the lens can be HUGE as you may see while you evaluate the Leica Noctilux which is positioned beside it.”
Leica Retailer Lisse tells PetaPixel that because it printed the lens to its Fb web page on July 13, it has obtained numerous emails and calls in regards to the lens asking for extra info, however sadly, all that the shop might supply is what it wrote above.
“It’s a distinctive lens, of which just one has ever been produced and subsequently additionally has the prototype Leica serial quantity,” Leica Retailer Lisse’s Duncan Meeder tells PetaPixel. “We’ve received many collectible Leica gadgets to indicate in our cupboards right here in my retailer in Lisse, so at this second am not placing it up on the market but on eBay.”
Meeder says that he’s at the moment accepting presents for the lens beginning at 40,000 Euro, or about $47,241. Whereas this can be a enormous funding, it’s far under what some Leica collectibles have gone for. In December of 2020, a rare Leica lens sold for $290,000, a 1943 Russian FotoSniper prototype sold for $170,000 in June, and Jony Ive’s Leica prototype was expected to bring $200,000 when it was appraised in March.
It’s not clear what kind of digicam the Leica / Hughes Leitz 17mm f/2 lens attaches to, however so far as collectible Leica merchandise goes, this one is definitely one of many extra uncommon and uncommon.