We have a feeling this might become a bit of a trend. Leica has announced a limited edition of APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2.0 ASPH lens which has a red anodised finish. On its own, the red lens looks a bit strange, but fitted to a black M Monochrom camera body – as it is here – it looks fabulous. Just 100 examples are being made so, if you want one, you’d better get in quick… oh, and you’ll need a spare $12,900.
 
The APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2.0 ASPH is, of course, best known for being the world’s sharpest standard lens and is made in Leica’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wetzlar, Germany.
 
The optical construction comprises eight elements, three of which are made from high anomalous partial dispersion glass to provide apochromatic correction. Two elements are made from glass with a high refractive index, and all these special elements use Leica’s own formulations. There’s also a ‘floating’ element in the optical design to ensure optimum sharpness at short focusing distances.
 
For more information about the Leica M system in general and the special edition APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2.0 ASPH lens visit Leica Camera Australia