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Leica M3 Single Stroke Preview Lever, 35mm Rangefinder Camera Body

***Lens not included
Leica Cameras
KEH Model# 229574
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Leica M3 Single Stroke Preview Lever, 35mm Rangefinder Camera Body Description


The Leica M3 is arguably Leica's most famous camera. It is a 35mm film camera with a rangefinder focusing system. Featuring a 0.91x viewfinder and auto changing frame lines for 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm, this camera has perhaps the most accurate focusing system throughout all Leica cameras. This camera also features the Leica M bayonet mount, which is compatible with more recent Leica M mount lenses as well as classics. It features a chromed brass body with Vulcanite grip.

Leica M3, introduced in April 1954, represents thirty years of accumulated research and experience. The M3 retains many of the original principles which have consistently proven to be soundly conceived. Among these principles are the operation of its focal plane, shutter, rigid camera housing, individual focusing mounts calibrated and matched to each lens thus forming a unit of extreme accuracy and flange-to-flange seating of interchangeable lenses and accessories. The cameras has built-in versatility previously attained only through the use of accessories. Its scales and controls can be read and set while viewing the camera from the top. It has a coupled rangefinder of longer base for greater accuracy, interlocking shutter release, automatic parallax compensation and many other features.

KEH Specifications

  • Model: M3 Single Stroke
  • Overview: The original M series camera model.
  • Body Type: Rangefinder
  • Material: Metal Chrome exceptionally rare black
  • Viewfinder Frames: Optical with 50, 90, 135mm frames
  • Preview: Sometimes
  • Compatible Lenses: Leica M, Leica Screw Mount with optional adapter
  • Shutter Speeds: 1 s to 1/1000, B
  • Flash Sync: 1/50th second
  • Type Flash Connection: x/m sync requires adapter
  • Film Advance: Manual
  • Motor Capable: Possible, very rare motors
  • Meter: Available clip-on meter
  • Dimensions: 5.43 x 3.03 x 1.32
  • Weight: 19.22 oz.
  • Years available new: 1954-1966
  • Country of Origin: Germany and Canada


General information

Brand Name Leica
Product information

Physical Characteristics

Lens Mount Leica M