Leica MP Rangefinder camera models - MIR Image Library


Leica MP 16x chrome w/Leicavit MP, 1957

Here featured another two Leica MP chrome model with respective serial number MP-167 and MP-368. Although most of the original MP have similar appearance but one of the good thing with this profile was a few photos that show various features of the camera accessories where I thought they are quite useful in providing a glimpse of how it works in a MP. For an instance, the MP original case has a bottom opening that permits the Leicavit rapid film advance lever to be extracted out for operation without having to remove the camera from the case. As one of the other photo profile also shows the similar function such as the Film Speed Reminder Disc can be viewed directly though another opening at the rear section via a opening. Further, the followed up profile has illustrated with a rare and probably only one Leica MP original packaging box that has seen so far. These are essential features that can be sued for further studies on other camera operational features on the original series of Leica MP. One of the main purpose of all these Visual Profile is intended to use them as a source to digest and learn about new things. I am benefiting from creating these pages while editing the photos and I hope they will bring the same benefits to your as well.

One of the good comparison of this Visual Library was the early production series MP-167 was it retains in an original, unrestored form while the MP-368 was considered a later model. The latter has a good profile on some accessories that came with the original MP during that period.

Credit: Images as well as content of both the original Leica MP black paint models appeared in this section courtesy of 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.

Leica MP-368 in unrestored original condition auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House
Interior view after base plate and covering removal on a Leica MP-368 in unrestored original condition auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

Top plate, Leica MP-368 in unrestored original condition auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House

Leica MP-368 chrome model w/Leicavit MP, 1958

Here is a Chrome MP with Leicavit MP that was sued by an identified photographer, famous Italian photographer Tazio Secchiaroli. Leicashop® auction literature stated Tazio Secchiaroli was an original 'paparazzo' and Federico Fellini's set photographer. The camera is used, as personal tool but in 100% original condition. It comes with the book 'Secchiaroli' with his dedication confirming that he worked with this camera for the film 'Dolce Vita'. As a special rarity the camera comes with the only known 'Leica MP' maker's box and a mint ever-ready case for the Leica MP with Leicavit MP. The camera is one of two Leica MP cameras used by Secciaroli, the second is the MP-16, originally a black camera, later re-chromed at the Leica factory and presently owned by a famous Italian collector). This pre-owned and identidfied user MP camera has an Action startup price of EURO 18,000-00 and a hammer price of EURO 31,200-00

Tazio Secchiaroli's personal Leica MP auctioned by Leicashop / Westlicht Auction House
* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other progressive renewed valuation methods that may vary year to year basis.

Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 with matching Lecavit MP

A very well restored interior of a Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958
IF ever this camera has not been restored, the interior looks can be considered very very clean. However, as all surviving MP are easily half a century old, proper cleaning, lubrication and restoration before an auction sale is acceptable. It benefits both the potential buyer as well as preserving some premium.

Top plate win sectional view, Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model
Top plate, Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model as used by a famous photographer

Film rewind section and top plate, Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model

Eyepiece and sync contact with coverings on a Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model

Base section to show interior of a Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model
a matching Lecavit MP for Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 modela matching Lecavit MP for Leica MP-368 chrome, 1958 model model in stand off, ready position

An original camera leather case fot Leica MP with Leicavit MP

Base opening for Leicavit MP operation on an original leather camera case for MP

A rare, original box for Leitz/Leica MP model

NOTE:- T Leica MP showcase may have other Leica MP model in different spec and/or configuration to show. IF anyone has a personal unit intends to exhibit his prized possession and/or for equipment specialist who may intend to extend the reach of a possible sale/auction, just contact my buddy, Mr. Rick <rick_oleson@yahoo.com>. Appropriate credit and return Link will be provided. Further, I guess a LEICA MP/Leicavit instruction Manual would be nice to be included in this site as shared resources too.

Anyone is good at French ? I managed to download a copy of the original Leicavit-M Instruction Manual written in French. Looking for those who have nothing to do at night and can find some time volunteer to translate the few pages back to English for me). Note:- I can't pay for such services..hehe.

Tips: For those who has user's manual for rare Leica collectibles; in case you don't have a table top scanner to scan the copy of the instruction manual, Just use a Digital Compact, shoot the pages in highest resolution in broad daylight should be good enough for me to do a HTML format conversion.

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 M3E1 / MP 271/288 Alfred Eisenstaedt | 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) |

Recommended resources / Reviews on Leica MP Models (External Links): Popular Photography (4 parts) | Shutterbug (2 parts) | Stephan gandy/Cameraquest on MP | Photonet;
How to load M6/MP w/Rapidwinder-M(Video); Comparing M3 with MP (Leica FAQ); Price indications: Westlicht Auction House; Ebay Search on Leica MP

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>;

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Credit: Image courtesy of 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.