The nifty fifty has a permanent place in many photographers’ camera bag but this nifty fifty is definitely not so thrifty: Minnesota’s National Camera Exchange store has a rather special Leica lens for sale at a mere $53,999.99.
Classic Leica lenses typically attract interest from collectors, pushing up the price, and this particular piece of glass — an Angenieux type s21 50mm f/1.5 — is certainly rather special. As the listing notes, only around 20 lenses were made in 1955. One collector regards this as one of the best lenses ever made and notes that it offers impressive sharpness given its age. (You can see samples photographs here.) Those looking for a bargain might be pleased to know that you can find one on eBay for $13,498.20, but it's worth noting that the condition of individual lenses can have a huge bearing on their value.
So who would drop 50 thousand on a lens? Well, as we just discovered, Hollywood actor Jason Momoa has recently developed a Leica addiction so he might certainly be interested. As with anything collectable, there’s probably not a huge amount of logic beyond having a deeply felt passion. Another factor is the vast variety and limited edition equipment produced both by Leica itself and other manufacturers. If you’re interested in getting started, you might want to grab a copy of the Leica Pocket Book which compiles a vast amount of information.
Anyone who decides to splash out on the Angenieux type S21 will be delighted to note that National Camera Exchange offers free shipping on orders over $50.
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