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Uncommon Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens designed for NASA may fetch $150,000 at public sale: Digital Images Assessment


In case you suppose Nikon’s Nikkor Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct lens is spectacular, set your sights on a uncommon Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens from 1966. The lens was designed for NASA to {photograph} the moon’s far aspect throughout Apollo missions. There have been solely 10 copies of the lens ever made, six of which went to NASA. One among these lenses is at the moment up for public sale by Leitz Photographica Public sale.

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens. Picture courtesy of Leitz Photographica Public sale.

Granted, if you’d like the super-fast prime, you will should pay a steep value. On the time of writing, the very best bid is €55,000 (about $67,000 USD), which is €5,000 greater than the beginning bid, though the public sale does not formally kick off till June 12. Organizers estimate that the hammer worth may attain as much as €120,000 (roughly $146,000).

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens. Picture courtesy of Leitz Photographica Public sale.

The copy up for public sale has serial quantity 2594563 and is listed as being in lovely situation with clear optics. Leitz Photographica Public sale charges the lens as A/B situation. The lens is mounted to a modified Nikon F physique (serial quantity 6477895), and the lens features a detachable tripod mount. Based on an interview with Insider, Andreas Schwieger of Leitz Photographica Public sale believes the lens on the market is without doubt one of the half-dozen lenses that have been provided to NASA.

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens. Picture courtesy of Leitz Photographica Public sale.

It is an enchanting lens. Of the 4 copies that weren’t despatched to NASA to be used in area, three have been despatched to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for the movie ‘Barry Lyndon.’ A number of the movie’s scenes have been lit solely by candlelight, necessitating the usage of an F0.7 lens, which was mounted on a modified Michell digicam. The movie went on to win the 1976 Oscar for its cinematography. Zeiss stored the ultimate lens for its Carl Zeiss manufacturing facility museum.

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens. Picture courtesy of Leitz Photographica Public sale.

The Zeiss 50mm F0.7 lens up for public sale is a part of the 38th Leitz Photographica Auction and is lot 329 of 469 whole tons. There are a lot of attention-grabbing items of photographic historical past within the public sale catalog, together with some lovely Leica cameras and lenses.

Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F0.7 lens. Picture courtesy of Leitz Photographica Public sale.

Another distinctive objects up on the market embrace a ‘Luxus’ model gold-plated Leica wrapped in lizard skin, a Leica MP2 with Electric Motor and a Leica from 1924 that was owned by Ernst Leitz II, the person who manufactured the primary Leica cameras. There are another objects owned by necessary figures in images, together with three Rolleiflex cameras owned by Walker Evans and a couple of Leica cameras utilized by Italian paparazzo, Felice Quinto.

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