The APO-Telyt-R 2.8/280mm was officially launched at Photokina 1984 and was available until 1996.
The first prototypes of the lens were used by selected Leica photographers during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
The lens has a rather complex optical system with eight elements in seven groups. The color longitudinal error is completely corrected, which leads to an outstanding imaging performance.
Especially for this lens, Leica designed the APO-Extender-R 1.4x, which fully maintains the optical performance of the APO-Telyt-R 2.8/280mm and enables a system with the values APO 4.0/400mm.
The extender was also used in the APO-Telyt-R 2.8 / 400mm built from 1992 to 1996 and was later available as an accessory in the R system.
The Leica Modul-System-R, introduced in 1996, replaced the APO-Telyt-R 2.8/280mm, whereby there were/are not a few among the users of the lens who claim that the first version has an even slightly better image quality.
For the APO-Telyt-R 280mm there was a special handle/grip and a carrying case in which the lens with attached camera and motor drive as well as the handle and a filter in size E112 can be transported.
Offered is an APO-Telyt-R 2.8/280mm (from 1983) with the dedicated grip and transport case in very good condition.
And in October 2019 the lens was service overhauled.
Total production: approx. 2.900 units
Rarity forecast: R7