Leica MP 0.72x (10301/10304) LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey/Gray hammertone finish rangefinder camera model - Part II
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LEICA MP 0.72X (10312/10314), LHSA 1968~2003 grey/gray hammertone-finish

Shutter Speed Ring on a Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish
 
Link to Lar's site in Germany to show the MD2 hammertone model Link to Japan for another hammertone Leica M2

Leitx Visoflex III in gray hammertone finishing

Grey-colored hammertone finishes provides good protective, corrosive resistence property and often is used on many commercial products. Previosuly, Leica has used this on a few occations on their products, which include Leica M2, MD & Leitz Canada's Leica MS as well as Leitz Visoflex III. See some examples here ( Click and visit respective EXTENAL Sites). Grey-hammertone MD picture at far left courtesy of Lars Netopil® <Leica Collectibles>

Outline some of the differences between this model with standard production Leica MP model:-

Perhaps, the most distinguishable difference is the selection of hammertone-grey for all the exposed metal parts on the body chassis (except the controls). This has made the Leica MP looks so distinctive from other Leica models.

Close up on Texture of hammertone finish Vulcanite leatherette as used on the  Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish
LHSA has opt for traditional vulcanite leatherette instead of the MP-reissued new standard body covering. The decision is probably right, it has retained some old-style flavor back to the Leica MP-reissued models.

At the top plate, "
Leica camera, SOLMS Germany" has been reallocated and engraved on the top/left section. At the top/right, rear section, a small LHSA logo with "SPECIAL EDITION 1968~2003" is imprinted at the usual position for "Leica Camera, Made in Germany" found in other Leica MP, perhaps the positioning is slightly more to the left but it does looks more balance - Leica AG should consider this slight shift of position on standard models. The LHSA grey hammertone finish Leica MP standard package should include a companion Leica Summicron-M 35mm 1:2 ASPH with LHSA engraving as well as a matching hammertone lens hood. To make it more appealing, LHSA had also thoughtfully included a Leicavit-M in matching grey hammertone finishing (Due to graphic intensive, these additional info will be furnish at next section to avoid long download time for this page).
 
Below are four basic views of the Leica MP LHSA Special Edition 1968~2003:- NOTE:- The Finder Magnification for this Model is 0.72X; the viewinder Magnification for various newer range of Leica rangefinder models with corresponding Brightline Frames for various Leica Lenses in simple gaphical display (Gif files): Combined file (50k Gif)
 
Front explosive deatil view of Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish


Top plate, Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish

Rear Film back section with ASA input Disc, Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish

Base plate, Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition in grey hammertone finish
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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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