Is this the most beautiful lens ever made?

Is this the most beautiful lens ever made?
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Photographers know, better than most people, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And that's not just true of the pictures we take – what might be an opus for one photographer might be considered hopeless for another photographer – it's also true of the kit we take them with. 

There are plenty of examples of camera equipment that are genuinely beautiful to photographers, but to anyone not obsessed with cameras they just look like another grey box or cylindrical lens. Most photographers would agree that the Leica M-10R and Olympus PEN-F are both glorious to look at, but their beauty is usually lost on non-cameraphiles. 

MS Optics Apoqualia-II 28mm f/2 Gold: US$1,480

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Miyazaki-san's jaw-dropping 28mm f/2 Apoqualia-II lens in a gold Urushi lacquer finish, hand assembled by the master craftsman in Japan for Leica M mount. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.