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Leica MP 88 Black Paint w/Leicavit MP, 1957

Within the extremely rare original Leica MP range; probably other than the prototype MP (e.g. LEICA MP Prototype, 1955 and Betriebsk MP w/electric motor (1956) as archived in this site - one of the most diificult to locate MP bodies are the MP black Paint models. Other than these are very high price Leica bodies, they were only being produced in very small quantity. A reference guide provided by Leica Collectors guide by Dennis Laney, the author stated " .. S/N MP-1~MP-12 and MP151 onwards have chrome finish; while from MP-13~MP150 were produced in Black Paint finishing. It wa known some Leica M3 had received a full black MP conversion to serve professional photographers in early '60 but they still carried with basic Leica M3 S/N..". In general, the production ratio between chrome and black paint MP is approx. 1:2. I ahve not seen a black paint MP body yet in physical form, so I still have to depend on external source to prepare a visual library. There were two Leica MP black paint bodies being auctioned by Leicashop® via Westlicht Auction House so far and the content herein is based largely on the auction lietrature as appeared.

For those who had never had the chance of owning an original chrome/black paint model, you can probably settle such inner desire by considering one of those re-issued Leica MP models with differing finder magnification. A good example for comparison is a 2003 Leica MP 0.72X Black lacquer as featured in this site.

Credit: Images as well as content of both the original Leica MP black paint models appeared in this section courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Well used Leica MP-88 Black Paint auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House
Rear section view,  Leica MP-88 Black Paint auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

Background of this well used, Leica MP-88 Black Paint model, 1957

Information supplied by Leicashop™ who was commissioned to conduct the auction sale of this rare MP blak Paint model: -" ....Thomas Hoepker's - the famous Stern photographer's - first Leica in original condition with Leicavit-MP. This camera is bound up with a lot of history and many stories. Thomas Hoepker used his MP regularly up till 1990. Many great reports were made with this camera including the famous story about Muhammad Ali. The camera is in perfect technical condition with a lovely patina. It was recently overhauled by the expert O. Michaely in Wetzlar and has the amazing serial-number 88! As a special tidbits the camera comes with three of his famous signed original photographs (fine prints) made with this camera as well as a letter of confirmation by Hoepker. It is a great opportunity to acquire a special collector's item with a large history...".

Just as a mtter of record and for future reference: The earlier auction sale of this MP-88 has an auction start price at EUR 15.000and a hammer price of EUR 21.000
* incl. premium.

* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other progressive renewed valuation methods that may vary year to year basis.

Leicashop® has thoughfully provide a few photos that help you to remind you who is Thomas Hoepker. One of the memorable shots by the photographer was shown in the auction literature:-

Thomas Hoepker, Magnum Photo Agency Leica MP-88 Black Paint

Moh. Ali by T Hoepker, Magnum

Top plate of a seasonedly used Leica MP Black paint body
Internal Serial Number/Codes of MP-88  engraving in an original LEICA MP body


LEICA MP-150 Black Paint w/Leicavit MP, 1957

Below is another Leica MP w/S/N 150, almost shared by the same owner. Leicashop® had these info furnished for the auction sale " ... The MP-150 Black Paint here in every way an unusual, exciting and very rare camera: it is the very last of all black paint MP cameras in fine and 100% original condition, technically perfect. The camera comes with matching black paint Summicron 2/5cm no.15874xx, first version with black bayonet mount, a matching black paint Leicavit MP. The camera was the property of Stern photographer and Magnum vice president Thomas Hoepker who, with this and the MP-88 which is also being offered, made all of his famous photos from 1958-1966. The outfit comes with 3 signed original signed photos (fine prints) by Thomas Hoepker as well as a certification by the photographer. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a special collector's piece with a history to it.. ".


.Illustration / introduction photo taken by THomas H, Magnum Agency

This MP-150 Black Paint which can traced from Leica record was the last unit among the production of the original black paint in 1957. The auction start price for this kit with a companion 2/5cm Summicron lens was EURO 35,000-00 while the hammer buy-now price is EURO 52,800-00
* incl. premium - this condition B-rated MP Black paint was ALMOST DOUBLE as compare to the earlier well worn unit.

* NOTE;- Indicative price here in this site were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.

An extremely rare MP-15x Black Paint model auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

Base view of an extremely rare MP-15x Black Paint model auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House with Leicavit MP at ready standoff position


Top plate of an extremely rare MP-15x Black Paint model auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

Interior code / Serial Number of An extremely rare MP-15x Black Paint model auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

The Summicron 1:2 f=5cm black paint for Leica MP Black Paint

NOTE:- T Leica MP showcase may have other Leica MP model in different spec and/or configuration to show. IF anyone has a personal unit intends to exhibit his prized possession and/or for equipment specialist who may intend to extend the reach of a possible sale/auction, just contact my buddy, Mr. Rick <rick_oleson@yahoo.com>. Appropriate credit and return Link will be provided. Further, I guess a LEICA MP/Leicavit instruction Manual would be nice to be included in this site as shared resources too.

Anyone is good at French ? I managed to download a copy of the original Leicavit-M Instruction Manual written in French. Looking for those who have nothing to do at night and can find some time volunteer to translate the few pages back to English for me). Note:- I can't pay for such services..hehe.

Tips: For those who has user's manual for rare Leica collectibles; in case you don't have a table top scanner to scan the copy of the instruction manual, Just use a Digital Compact, shoot the pages in highest resolution in broad daylight should be good enough for me to do a HTML format conversion.


LEICA MP-Specific models/variants - Visual Profiles on selective Leica bodies:- Leica MP Prototype, 1955 | MP Betriebsk w/Electric Motor, 1956 | Leica MP-88/MP-150 Black paint, 1957 | Leica MP-167; Leica MP-171/MP-313/old/new Leicavit visual, 1957 | Leica M3E1 / MP 271/288 Alfred Eisenstaedt | Leica MP 367 & 368 Dual, 1957 | Leica MP-375, MP-368 & MP-386 | Leica MP 'Edition Hermès', 2003 | Leica MP Betriebsk 0.72x | Evential production model MP 0.72x Black paint, 2002 | Leica MP classic Kit Set 1 / Set 2 | Leica MP chrome 0.58X(2 parts) | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.58x | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.72x Standard | Leica MP 0.85x Finder Mag. model | Leica MP Anthracite* Limited Edition Set | Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey Hammertone Finish (3 parts) | Brief Introduction on Leica à la carte:- Leica MP Red Leather 0.85 / Nappa racing Green Leather 0.58X | Others:- Visual case study on counterfeit LEICA MP ; Leica MP Prototype w/Prototype Leicavit-M; Leica MP-3 LHSA; Leica MP TITAN, 2007

| Leica MP Nomenclature | Leica MP Instruction manual (1MB PDF) | Technical Specification (96k PDF) |

Recommended resources / Reviews on Leica MP Models (External Links): Popular Photography (4 parts) | Shutterbug (2 parts) | Stephan gandy/Cameraquest on MP | Photonet;
Others:-
How to load M6/MP w/Rapidwinder-M(Video); Comparing M3 with MP (Leica FAQ); Price indications: Westlicht Auction House; Ebay Search on Leica MP



Visual Library on Leica M3 Prototype, 1952; Leica M3 Test model, 1953/4 | A photo showcase on early series of Leica M3 DS bodies:- Leica M3-700131 / M3-700170 / M3-700000/M3-70031x/M3-70051x | M3 double stroke chrome 1954~1957 bodies:- Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4; Leica M3 Single Stroke 1957~60/1961~66 | Leica M3 Black Paint:-1955/1958/1962~1964/66 / Case study on Prices | Leica M3 ELC, 1955/56

Other Leica M3 Variants:- Leica M3 chrome Leica-Technik 57 1954; Leica M3 GOLD Edition, 1956 | Leica M3 DS United Nation Edition, 1957 | Leica M3 Olive Bundeseigentum outfit 1957/ Olive Green Bundeseigentum outfit, 1959 (2 Parts) w/info on high quality M3 Olive Conversion | Leica M3 Betriebskamera/ Betriebsk 1960 | Leica M3 Royal Dutch Marine Periscope Model, 1966 | Leica M3 Dummies / Riesen-Mode (Giant scale Model); Leica M3 Cutaway Display Unit , 1954

Recommended External Link: Leica FAQ | Leica M3 Instruction Manual 1) Location 1 (1.35mb PDF) by Joe Chan; Location 2 (1.2mb PDF) by M.Butkus < Mike@bukus.org>;

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Credit: Images on Leica MP171 & 375 courtesy of Photo_Arsenal-Worldwide® Germany. The Company also maintains an active EBAY Store, trading many used and new photo equipment of various labels. Photo Arsenal can be contacted at Photo Arsenal Boris Jamchtchik, Altenfurter Str.16a 90475 Nuernberg Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 911/ 4008081 E-Mail: ebayshop@arsenal-photo.com. . The LEICAMP-286 that follows Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.