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LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X (10304) Rangefinder Camera Model

As I have stated earlier, due to narrower scope of users who intended to acquire a smaller magnification finder type for their MP, silver chrome finishing is considered rarer in quantity than universal 0.72X model. Personally, I would think minus the appeal for eyeglass wearer, the telephoto-fit 0.85X model could have been sold is lesser quantity than the 0.58X. But rarity originated from demand with different reasons or applications may not necessarily add extraordinary premium over standard issued models. Within the 0.58x finder Leica MP, black finishing is even rarer than silver chrome. From the various official documentation published, I don't seem to be able to find Leica offered black lacquer MP 0.58X as standard even back to its early announcement dates (correct me IF I am not wrong here). But here it is, just to patch a possibility of a Black Lacquer finishing LEICA MP 0.58X.

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of Mr. Daniel from www.9days.HK®, Hong Kong. The Company also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles from Leica, Contax and Nikon etc. Image(s) Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X (10304)
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model front view
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model rear section view with film reminder disc
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model top view
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model top plate view
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model base plate view
LEICA MP Black Lacquer, 0.58X model top view

Somehow, black finishing camera on frequent usage may present a little problem. They easily show sign of use. In a very nice way to put it, Leica system brouchure stated this " ... And if the black lacquer starts to reveal a glimpse of the plain brass at some of the corners and edges after long use, the photographer knows that he has shared plenty of experiences with his camera...". Err.....

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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;
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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: Image(s) courtesy of Mr. Daniel from www.9days.HK®, Hong Kong. The Company also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles from Leica, Contax and Nikon etc. Image(s) Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.