The Leica MP 3 is a special edition rangefinder camera that has a design reminiscent of the first Leica MP of 1956 and was produced in cooperation with the world's largest Leica collectors club - the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA).
Following the design of the professional camera of that time, the MP 3 features a top front with a particularly distinctive frame round the three viewing windows of the bright-line rangefinder and mat, non-ribbed glass in the center window. Instead of the standard counter window, the limited edition camera has an exterior number dial. While the viewfinder magnification of 0.72x has been retained, the MP 3 has been equipped with the classic set of bright-line frames for 35mm, 50mm and 90mm lenses, where each frame is reflected in singly.
The reduction of camera features to the essential puts the emphasis on the skills of the photographer and allows him to concentrate without being distracted by automatic controls.
- Extremely reliable performance
- Large assortment of high performance lenses ranging from 21 to 135mm and speeds as fast as f/1
- Quiet and vibration free
- 100% mechanical, all metal
Only 1000 examples of the MP3 LHSA Special Edition will be produced, 500 with a black lacquer finish and 500 with a silver chrome finish.
The MP 3 is as faithful a reproduction as possible of the original Leica MP. It has the raised viewfinder window frame and extended eye bolts of the original MP.
- For the first time in thirty years, the camera will feature an external frame counter, last used on the classic Leica M2.
- The engravings on the MP 3 are modelled on the Leica M cameras of the 1950s and 60s. The classic Leica lettering appears on the top cover, with the MP 3 designation and the individual serial number alongside it. The LHSA logo and the film loading diagram are discreetly embossed on the underside of the camera.