New: Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH special limited edition lens in red anodized finish

You can now own the same red Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens as Dr. Andreas Kaufmann. The new special limited edition lens will come in anodized red finish and will cost $8,950 in the US (UK price: £7,575 incl. VAT). For comparison, the price of the "regular" 50mm APO is $7,795 for the black version and $7,995 for the silver anodized model. Only 100 pieces will be produced. Shipping will start in December.

Pre-orders for the new Leica lens are now open:

Additional information and pictures:

Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH technical specifications

Angle of view

(diagonal, horizontal, vertical):


47° / 40° / 27°

Optical design

Number of lenses/groups:

Position of front lens from the bayonet:

Focusing range:           




0.7m to infinity



Smallest object field:

Largest reproduction ratio:


Combined, metres / feet

271mm x 407mm




Smallest aperture value:


Preselection with click stops at half stops



Leica M quick-change bayonet

Lens hood:

Integrated, rotates to extend

Dimensions and weight


Largest diameter:



approx. 47mm

approx. 53mm

approx. 300g


Red is the new black. Leica APO-SUMMICRON-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. special limited edition in red anodised finish

Leica Camera has introduced the first ever special edition Leica lens in a red anodised finish. With just 100 units available globally, this exclusive Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. will be available from December 2016.

The world’s sharpest standard lens, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. is considered to be the reference model amongst standard focal lengths, and is recognised for its exceptional imaging performance, incredibly sharp reproduction of fine details, and high contrast rendition from corner to corner of the image frame at maximum aperture. The use of a floating element in its design ensures that this is also maintained at close shooting distances.

A total of eight elements is employed to achieve the extraordinary optical performance of this lens. Three of the elements are made from glass with high anomalous partial dispersion for apochromatic correction, and two have a particularly high refractive index. Based on original developments from the former Leitz glass laboratory, the use of these specially formulated glass types requires exceptional effort and many years of experience. Thanks to the continuous advancements in optical technology, processes have been refined and perfected over time, resulting in consistently outstanding imaging quality.

As with all Leica lenses, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. was designed and developed by Leica optical specialists in Wetzlar and represents the perfect combination of optical and technical expertise. Offering unrivalled reliability and enduring value, the lens is engineered from the finest, high quality materials and meticulously assembled by hand. Coupled with the Leica ‘Made in Germany’ stamp of excellence, this blend of cutting-edge technology and precision manufacturing guarantees consistently outstanding quality.

Pricing and availability

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f.2 ASPH. in red anodised finish is scheduled to be available from 9 December 2016, at a suggested retail price of £7,575 including VAT.


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  • eric

    beautiful! cant afford it, but looks stunning in red.

  • Solidus

    I think my eyes are bleeding…

    • Jens Arnspang

      Mine too, bleedingly beautiful❤️

  • Bill

    Unfortunately i think its utterly ugly. Chrome is much better

  • Mike

    And people complain about the Nikon 105 1.4 price……

  • eric

    with only 100 available, how do you even get one? im guessing they’ll be sold out instantaneously.

    • They are probably sold out already.

    • You can place a pre-Order on and you will have a good chance of getting one.

  • JFSG

    Nice. I think special edition lens is more worth it than special edition digital camera. When there’s only 100, how do you buy it, Will ordering be available in the US?

  • CHD

    Hmm…but what if this beautiful colour of red distracts people on the street and you lose the decisive moment…..

  • Daryl

    Will this give red flare?

  • Brennan McKissick

    Good lord, that’s hideous lol.

  • Thiseas

    As if a red dot wasn’t visible enough for some people to show off…

    • maralatho

      Come on. Most people don’t know anything about cameras, least of all Leicas, so anyone who’s going to recognize the red dot is going to recognize the camera sans red dot. I’m someone who thinks that people who put tape over the dot are twice as egotistical as those who don’t. It’s a fake gesture designed to make themselves feel superior.

  • Mk 1 Eyeball

    For the flamboyantly well-to-do. It does look nice and bright and I get that there will be buyers. I suspect that it may also tests the water for different colours which will also come in low quantities. Or a special edition body in the same anoidised red. It may yet introduce (literarily catch the eye) a new group of money-to-burn types to invest(?) in Leica and wear it as a show piece rather than using it as a tool.

  • brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    you can take this for going to spain to see the bull fight…..
    it’s a kind of fashion, but didn’t we look just for a smart camera?

  • Bo Dez

    That is wrong on every level.

  • 3foot1

    Sorry, folks, but I just bought the last 17 of them. In 2020 I’ll be selling them for $15k each.

  • ZMWT

    Advice to Leica: never follow ridiculous things Pentax does.

  • David V. Kutaliya
  • JJ

    Why??? Is Leica an expensive cheap toy? Well taste is different, but this is tasteless…

  • Simon

    For someone who has everything.

  • Mr B

    I own a lot of Leica kit and love using it, but this represents everything that I detest about the brand. Why bother with this shallow, fatuous nonsense. (rant over).

  • Jens Arnspang

    (Concerning price of this tool, well, in Denmark you cannot have even a tiny micro car for those money; just a comparison)

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