Leica MP 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera

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The Optimized Rangefinder Facilitates Highly Accurate Focusing

Leica MP 0.72 Black Compact 35mm Rangefinder CameraWith 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 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. Features

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

Camera Includes
Leica MP .72 35mm Rangefinder Manual Focus Camera
1.5v Silver Battery
Body Cap
Neck Strap
Flash Socket Cap
5-Year Limited Warranty
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Specifications
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless  
Sensor
Max resolution 5212 x 3472  
Other resolutions 3840 x 2592, 2592 x 1728, 1728 x 1152, 1280 x 846  
Image ratio w:h 3:2  
Effective pixels 18 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels  
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
Image
ISO Auto, Pull 80, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500  
White balance presets 6  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard  
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom No  
Manual focus Yes  
Lens mount Leica M  
Focal length multiplier 1  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 2.5  
Screen dots 230,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT color LCD  
Live view No  
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder)  
Viewfinder magnification 0.68  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes No  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe)  
Flash modes Front Curtain, Rear Curtain, Slow sync  
Continuous drive 2.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Center-weighted
 
Exposure compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Microphone None  
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC card  
Storage included None  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI No  
Remote control No  
Physical
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger  
Weight (inc. batteries) 600 g (1.32 lb / 21.16 oz)  
Dimensions 139 x 80 x 37 mm (5.47 x 3.15 x 1.46)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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Reviews
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...

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