Originally produced for the U.S. Navy, the  Leica APO-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4 has an interesting origin. Carl Merkin  tests out this lens’ range and focus: http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/blog-contributors/carl-merkin/carl-merkin-the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-cold-the-180mm-f3-4-apo-telyt-r/

The Leica APO-Telyt-R lens was originally produced as part of a U. Navy High Resolution Small Format Camera System in the early meant for use in surveillance at long distances. It was made available to the public in 1975

$6,895,200

Leica gold no. 834000 One of only two known cameras originally gold plated by Leitz with gold plated collapsible Summicron gold plated cap, gold plated Leica Meter MC According to delivery records the camera was shipped to Ernst Leitz New York on July

This is my film camera of choice right now.  SLR-Like operation with insane image quality.  Makes a Hasselblad seem like a point and shoot.

This camera is gorgeous! "This is my film camera of choice right now. SLR-Like operation with insane image quality. Makes a Hasselblad seem like a point and shoot.

U.S. Army Signal Corps KE-12 Speed Graphic

Folmer & Schwing Speedgraphic U. Army Signal Corps w/ Kodak Aero Ektar

M8

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