Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for a typical Leica M6 Rangefinder camera model

 

This Nomenclature was based on an improved, 1962's single-stroke Leica M3 black paint model bearing S/N beyond 10599xx* Other minor variations/features (esp. those earlier production units) may exist. I have also provided a simple illustration of a typical double strokes, early Leica M3 version at mid section for comparison (NOTE;- there are combination of other features to confirm and/or verification purposes on version/model, even as minute as the design of the camera strap eyelet on both sides (early DS M3 has triangular shape, later models has rounded ears etc.). Please also take notice Leica offered Factory Conversion Services such as double strokes to single stroke, addition of a viewfinder frame pre-selector and even modified to accept Leicavit for auto film advance mechanism etc. and there were even faked to make it rare kind of services by 3rd party technicians. Hard to be a collectors today, so, traders with good experience as well as highly rated trading credibility & a little extra premium may seem justified at times.

* Note: S/N for Leica M3:- 700000~1164865. Ref: Leica Collectors Guide, by DENNIS Laney.


Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - front section

Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - top plate section
Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - rear section

Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - base plate section


Various typical lens features on a modern & older type of a Leica/Leitz lens

A typical Leica/Leitz M-lens illustration of various basic features Nomenclature / main references


A typical Leica/Leitz modern M-lens illustration of various basic features

Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - viewfinder bright line frames and metering areas for 28/90mm focal length lenses

Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - viewfinder bright line frames and metering areas for 35/135mm focal length lenses

Nomenclature / main references on a typical LEICA m6 camera body - viewfinder bright line frames and metering areas for 50/75mm focal length lenses

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Visual Library on Leica M3 Prototype, 1952; Early Pre-market M3 Test body, 1953/4 | Early M3:-M3-700131 / M3-700000/M3-70031x/M3 double strokes 1954~1957 Part 1/2/3/4; Leica M3 Single Stroke 1957~60/1961~66 | Leica M3 Black Paint:-1955/1958/1962~1964/66 | Leica M3 ELC1955/56 | Other Variants:- Leica M3 chrome Leica-Technik 57 1954; Leica M3 GOLD Edition 1956; Leica M3 Olive Bundeseigentum outfit 1957/ Olive green Bundeseigentum outfit, 1959 | Leica M3 Betriebskamera/ Betriebsk 1960 | OTHERS:- Leica M3 Dummies / Riesen-Mode (Giant scale Model)

LEICA MP-specific models/variants:- Leica MP-171/MP-313/old/new Leicavit visual | Leica MP-367 & MP-368 Dual | Leica MP-375 & MP-386 | Leica MP 'Edition Hermès', 2003 | Leica MP Betriebsk 0.72 | Actual production model MP 0.72x Black paint, 2002 | Leica MP classic Kit Set 1 / Set 2 | Leica MP Red Leather 0.85 | Others:- Visual case study on counterfeit LEICA MP

Recommended External Links on M3: LEICA M3 review by Edwin Leong | Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lenses coding in PDF (84k) download by Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG (prototypes or odd variants check not possible) | Leica M3 mini replica made by Komamura, Japan | Minox DCC Leica M3 5 MP pixels digital |

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Credit: Nomenclature was based on original images provided by 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.