Are You a Big Fan of Leica? Get the Leica M3 and Enjoy the True Meaning of Leica Cameras!
The Leica M3 was debuted in 1954. It can be the very essence of 35mm film cameras with hundreds of thousands of legends.
Today, it is impossible to reproduce the M3’s finder even by using modern technologies. With its comfortable shutter sounds, the M3 has reached ultimate perfection as a rangefinder camera. Therefore, it can never be overstated that the M3 is the best film camera ever made.
The M3 has been sold at an affordable price in the camera market today. Most of the camera fans would like to acquire the M3 and keep it on hand for once in their life.
Anyways, I am going to introduce any further stories regarding legends of the M3!
About the Leica M3
The Leica M3 is well known as the representative of Leica, rangefinder cameras, and film cameras. If people choose the best camera from all different types of cameras, most of them will probably agree with the choice of the M3.
It is true that the M3 possesses numerous charms and legends.
An Exquisite Rangefinder Camera
In 1954, Leica officially announced to release the Leica M3 at the photography trade fair in Fotokina, Germany, resulting in giving a big surprise to camera manufacturers all over the world.
At that time, a camera with interchangeable lenses used to be a major model of 35mm film cameras, and in fact, Leica originally introduced this type of camera.
Around the same time, a lot of Japanese camera manufacturers, especially Nikon and Canon, tried to improve their own products to catch up with and surpass Leica cameras.
Since the M3 is completely different from other film cameras in all aspects, it could meet a wide range of needs and greatly led the industry forward.
It is a famous story that Nikon suddenly postponed the release of the Nikon S2 to attach a film winding lever like a Leica model.
Features and Specifications of the Leica M3
There are so many different features between the Leica M3 and other previous rangefinder cameras. But, in fact, some basic functions were made based on the Leica M3.
First of all, the M3 is the first rangefinder camera with a reflex type. In a range finder and a framing, the previous rangefinder cameras based on Barnack Leica used the different finders. But, the M3 combined them into one finder and successfully achieved a better operation.
With the illuminated window bright frame (a frame indicating a photographing range), the M3’s finder will automatically select frame lines for three lenses: 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm. Further, parallax (a disparity arising from the different position of a finder and a lens) is also automatically corrected.
The M3’s characteristic wind lever advances film, while the previous 35mm film cameras wind it up by turning the round knob. By using the wind lever, the M3 enables to get immediately ready for a next shot.
Further, the M3 can handle shutter speed from 1 second to 1/1000th of a second, in addition to B (bulb).
The previous two shutter dials, located on the top of the body (high-speed side) and in front (low-speed side), were combined into one dial on the upper part of the body. Meanwhile, the M3’s shutter dial was improved not to move as the previous shutter dials turned when releasing the shutter.
The Barnack Leica needs to open a bottom lid when loading a film, but the M3 makes it much easier by attaching a back case.
Further, the L39 screw mount lens (a screw-threaded type) was replaced with the bayonet-mount lens (Leica M mount) which works with current Leica digital cameras.
Please note that those features above are only one part of the system characteristics. The M3 has a perfect camera system, excellent quality, and superb finish, therefore, it still has been a legend today!
The One and Only Finder
The M3’s finder has the highest quality among Leica M models. With a special technology in the past and a lot of functional parts regardless of the costs involved, the M3 achieved its own unique feeling.
Since the M3 was designed to use a standard 50mm lens, it has almost the same vision of human’s perspective and magnification.
Someone said, “It is like a frame can stick well to the image in the shooting area.” If you would like to understand what he/she meant, keep your left eye open when your right eye is looking through a finder. The M3 will surely arrow you to experience a feeling that a bright frame directly appears in a photographing range.
For the cost saving and wide-angle lenses, Leica M models after the M3 (e.g., the M2 and the M4) changed the structure of camera systems. Thus, the M3 established reliability with its fantastic finder.
In a nutshell, the M3 surely gives you a huge passion even if you only look through its finder.
Shutter Sounds of Serenely Silent
Not only a finder but also high quality enhances the M3’s value. It is not too much to say this perfect film camera is Oopart (out-of-place artifact).
Furthermore, the M3 is quite silent when operating each function, thanks to a high level of technological advancement.
It is also often said that the well-designed M3 achieves ultra-quiet system as nobody realizes its shutter sounds. The M3 provides funny but comfortable shutter sounds, which makes me feel like shooting as many times as I can.
So, I believe you will be satisfied with a high level of Germany products as well as Leica’s perfect camera systems.
Never Enough to Talk about the Superb Film Camera “Leica M3”
What I have mentioned above is actually a part of significant features of the Leica M3. Words simply cannot describe how superb the M3’s smart operation is. That’s why all enthusiastic camera fans may have longed for the Leica M3. Compared to the past, the M3 can offer an affordable price today.
Why don’t you touch and feel a real Leica M3 on this occasion?