Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M3 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 of a typical double strokes Leica M4 early model

Earliest Double Stroke Leica M3 may have this old-type film tracking casting
later models (double or single stroke) have typicl double rails design
refer here for more info

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

Nomenclature of a newer series of Leica-M lenses

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Leica-M Series Rangefinder camera Models

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 ELC1955/56
Other 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; Leica M3 Leitz-Eigentum

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 <>; Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

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 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

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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.