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Leica M3 (Double Stroke) - Camera

Leica M3 (Double Stroke) - Camera

Manual focus M mount 35mm rangefinder camera released by Leica in 1954. The M3 was the first M-mount Leica camera and introduced several features not seen on earlier screw-mount cameras, including a combined rangefinder/viewfinder and a film advance lever. The M3 has a 0.92x magnification viewfinder with 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm frame lines that switch automatically when the appropriate lens is mounted. Early models had double-stroke advance levers to reduce the risk of tearing the film. Metal body available in silver grey and black.

  • Shutter: Horizontal focal plane, 1s - 1/1000s + B
  • ISO range: 6 - 200 (Reminder only)
  • Size: 137 x 76 x 36mm
  • Weight: 590g
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Leica M

Leica’s M mount was introduced in 1953 alongside its first camera, the M3. Despite the rise of the SLR, Leica cameras have continued to succeed as their unique combination of build quality, speed, and discretion sets them apart from competition. The M bayonet mount, and the cameras introduced alongside it, offered (& continue to offer) a number of advantages over SLRs and other rangefinder cameras.

One big advantage is automatic framelines, which react to the lens on the camera to show accurate framelines in the viewfinder. This is even possible with older Leica Thread Mount (LTM) lenses if the correct adapter is used.

Other manufacturers, such as Cosina Voigtländer, Carl Zeiss, Konica, and Minolta, have also produced rangefinder cameras using Leica M mount.

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Leica M3 (Double Stroke) - Camera Price History
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17 Jun 2024 T69601 € 1,599.00 Leica M3 (Double Stroke) - Camera Image
26 Jul 2022 T17619 € 2,199.00 Leica M3 (Double Stroke) - Camera Image