Weighing in at a little over 8 oz, the Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 is quite the small lens. It doesn't have a remarkably wide maximum aperture either, and yet, it costs over $2,000. What makes this lens so expensive?
Coming to you from ZY Productions, this fun video takes a look at the Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 lens and asks why it costs so much. As you probably expect, half the answer to this question is: "because it's a Leica." But of course, there's more to the answer than that, and as niche and as expensive as they might be, Leica wouldn't be able to sustain itself if quality didn't come with those stratospheric prices. You might be interested to know that all Leica lenses are handmade in small batches, which certainly contributes to their high costs. This is quite the interesting lens to me, though, simply because it might be the most expensive lens by weight that I can think of (not that that's a useful measure of anything, but hey, just roll with it). If you can think of a lens with a higher price-to-weight issue, definitely let me know in the comments. Check out the video above for the full rundown.