Carl Merkin: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold…The 180mm f/3.4 APO-Telyt-R.

Apo-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4, R9, and DMR © Carl Merkin

The Leica APO-Telyt-R 180mm f/3.4 lens was originally produced as part of a U.S. Navy High Resolution Small Format Camera System in the early 1970s, meant for use in surveillance at long distances. It was made available to the public in 1975. Its designer Dr. Walter Mandler was the man whose genius brought us the [...]

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