The Optimized Rangefinder Facilitates Highly Accurate Focusing
With the name MP, the new Leica rangefinder camera joins the line of reporter cameras that have been tailored specifically to the wishes of professional photographers. It is the purely mechanical alternative to the LEICA M7, whose electronically controlled shutter and aperture priority automatic exposure control offer more convenience and functions.
The camera concept of the LEICA MP is tailored to the craft of the photographer! Every component of the camera was analyzed and improved meticulously, and it embodies the essence of more than 50 years of experience in optics and mechanical design. The optimized rangefinder facilitates highly accurate focusing, even under difficult light conditions.
The MP is a 100% mechanical camera, the battery being necessary only to operate its internal light meter. All its operating elements are made of metal, so that it withstands heavy duty use under extreme conditions. Technical gadgetry is purposely limited to those features that truly contribute towards creating a better picture.
Leica MP 0.72 Black Compact 35mm Rangefinder
Film Camera with 0.72x Viewfinder Magnification.
The LEICA MP is a tool. Made by hand, created for the photographer's craft. Tailored to the decisive photographic parameters. In compact form, with clean design, clearly laid out. Unobtrusive, quiet, reliable. Concentrated technology for concentrated photography, without distraction by automation. For pictures that only a photographer can see, compose and record. Modern, because it captures the present. Current, because all its features have been optimized. Traditional, because it builds on the accumulated experiences of the pioneer in 35 mm camera construction. Not a photographic whim, but a camera for life.
Street Price: $4,395.
• Extremely reliable performance
• Viewfinder is always bright - even in low light
• Large assortment of high performance lenses ranging from 21 to 135mm and speeds as fast as f/1
• Quiet and vibration free
• 100% mechanical, all metal
• Leica MP .72 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera
• 1.5v Silver Battery
• Body Cap
• Neck Strap
• Flash Socket Cap
• 5-Year Limited Warranty
If You Had To Purchase One Film Camera This Would Be It, March 17, 2008
By Thomas Edwards (Singapore)
...if you had to purchase one film camera, then this would be it...
...this is a hand-made classic that is destined to appreciate in value over time (in much the same way as fine, hand-made, mechanical watches and automobiles appreciate in price, except at a fraction of the cost, and with/without the collapse of the usd)...
...in essence, this is purchasing a piece of history from the company that, for all intent and purposes, invented 35mm photography...
...the "mp" represents the quintessential iconic paradigm of leica's mechanical genius...
...the mp also serves as a portal to the digitized world, since its lenses (actually, all leica "m" lenses) are interchangable with the new digital m8...