Classic Rangefinder Camera Series - Leica M3
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".... The Leica M3 was a 35 mm rangefinder camera by Leica, introduced in 1954. It was a new starting point for Leitz, which until then had only produced screw-mount Leica cameras that were incremental improvements to its original Leica (Ur-Leica). The M3 introduced several features to the Leica, among them the combination of viewfinder and rangefinder in one bright window, and a bayonet lens mount. This new bayonet mount, which has not been changed in the following half century, is called the Leica M mount. Lenses are changed faster than with a screw mount, and frame lines set automatically. Non Leitz/Leica bayonet-mount lenses can also be used and a simple adapter also allows the use of screw-mount lenses (whether from Leitz or other companies). When compared to a Leica IIIf (the previous Leica release), the M3 has an exceptionally bright viewfinder. It has a high magnification factor, which is very useful in critical focusing.

This camera body is in great shape, basically mint. There are only few, faint, tiny signs on the chrome finish, along the top edge. Shutter fires properly at all speeds. Shutter curtain is clean and moving freely. Please look at the pin-head whitish spot on the curtain, last photo.

This unit has the ID #984116 and is one of the rare Leica LEITZ CANADA, MIDLAND, ONTARIO (1959) !
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Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera front view without lens attached
Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera with film back opened


Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera with camera cap on


Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera base with film back opening


Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera Back view with ASA/ISO setting

Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera TOp camera panel view (LEFT)

Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera Top camera panel control features (RIGHT)


Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera Self timer lever and film rewind release



Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera


Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera side view with original camera cap





Leica Ernst Leitz Wetzlar M3 rangefinder camera NIce view from top angle

| Leica M3 Index Page | M3 Nomenclature |

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>; Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

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 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) |

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