Leica M3Film Camera

Leica M3

  • Camera Type for Leica M3


  • Film Type for Leica M3


  • Manufacturer of Leica M3


  • Origin Country of Leica M3


Size & Weight

  • Camera Size for Leica M3138 x 77 x 36 mm
  • Camera Weight for Leica M3595 g
  • Camera Build Material for Leica M3Metal


  • Camera Focus Mode for Leica M3Manual Focus
  • Camera Focus Type for Leica M3Rangefinder


  • Camera Shutter Speed Range for Leica M31s – 1/1000s
  • Camera ISO Speed Range for Leica M36 ISO – 3200 ISO
  • Camera Exposure Modes for Leica M3Manual
  • Camera Exposure Meter for Leica M3None (external meter or guess)
  • Camera Viewfinder for Leica M3Optical viewfinder with parallax correction

Lens & Accessories

  • Camera Lens Type for Leica M3Interchangeable Lens
  • Camera Lens Mount for Leica M3Leica M Mount
  • Common Camera Lenses for Leica M350mm f/2.0 is a common lens for the Leica M3 50mm f/2.035mm f/2.0 is a common lens for the Leica M3 35mm f/2.090mm f/2.0 is a common lens for the Leica M3 90mm f/2.0
  • Camera Flash for Leica M3Leica M3 Flash No Built-In Flash
  • Camera Common Accessories for Leica M3Leica Meter MC is a common accessory for the Leica M3 Leica Meter MCLeica Leather Case is a common accessory for the Leica M3 Leica Leather CaseLens Hoods is a common accessory for the Leica M3 Lens Hoods


  • Camera Battery Type for Leica M3None
  • Battery Life for Leica M3N/A


Use Cases

  • Camera Use Cases for Leica M3
    Street Photography
    Portrait Photography
    Travel Photography
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Description for Leica M3 Description for Leica M3

The Leica M3 is a legendary 35mm rangefinder camera that was introduced by Leica in 1954. It is considered one of the most iconic and sought-after cameras in the world of photography. The M3 features a solid and durable construction with a brass top and bottom plate, making it a rugged and reliable camera. It has a bright and clear viewfinder with a combined rangefinder patch for accurate focusing. The camera uses interchangeable lenses, allowing photographers to choose from a wide range of Leica M-mount lenses. The M3 also has a unique double-stroke film advance lever, which provides a smooth and precise film winding experience. It offers a wide range of shutter speeds from 1s to 1/1000s, giving photographers full control over exposure. The Leica M3 is highly regarded for its exceptional build quality, precise mechanics, and outstanding image quality.

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The Leica M3 is often considered the pinnacle of mechanical camera design and craftsmanship. It is known for its quiet and discreet operation, making it a favorite among street photographers. The camera uses a manual film loading system and does not have a built-in light meter, so photographers need to use an external light meter or rely on their experience to set the exposure. The Leica M3 is compatible with a wide range of accessories, including viewfinders, motor drives, and flash units. Despite being over 60 years old, the Leica M3 is still highly sought after by collectors and photographers who appreciate the timeless design and exceptional performance of this classic camera.

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Description for Leica M3 Pros and Cons for Leica M3

High-quality build and craftsmanship

Compact and lightweight design

Precise and accurate rangefinder focusing system

Interchangeable lenses for versatility

Excellent image quality

Quiet and discreet operation

Mechanical shutter for reliability

Wide range of available accessories

Manual focus requires practice and skill

No built-in light meter

Expensive compared to other film cameras

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Description for Leica M3 Potential Problems and Fixes for Leica M3

Shutter Curtain Deterioration

The cloth shutter curtain of the Leica M3 can deteriorate over time, leading to light leaks. Regular checks for signs of wear and tear are recommended. If deterioration is noticed, professional repair is advised.

Rangefinder Calibration

The rangefinder of the Leica M3 can lose calibration, resulting in inaccurate focusing. Regular checks for focus accuracy are recommended. If any discrepancy is noticed, professional recalibration is advised.

Viewfinder Dust and Haze

Dust and haze can accumulate in the viewfinder of the Leica M3 over time, impairing visibility. Regular cleaning of the viewfinder using a soft cloth or a blower is recommended. If the problem persists, professional cleaning may be needed.

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