Monday, March 18, 2013

An Introduction to the Leica M3

Note: This is a guest post by Emanuele Faja. This post was originally published on the AndBeThere blog. You can connect to us via:


As always, I would like to thank Khánh Hmoong.

This is what a real camera looks like - Photographed by --Mike--
Put away the Holgas and Dianas because the we are going to talk about real cameras today...

Unsurprisingly, real cameras are made from metal. Real cameras are not light and they can take a beating, as well as give one. Real cameras have interchangeable lenses and full manual controls. No hand holding here. Real cameras don't need a light-meter because real cameras are shot by real photographers who can use their eyes to guess know the exposure. Occasionally, real cameras do have a light-meter but the real photographers take the battery out and donate it to charity.

Let's talk about the Leica M3. This is the first and finest Leica M camera. Unmatched in build quality for the last 60 years, this is the pinnacle of camera design and engineering.  Leica are still trying to come up with something to match it. They tried creating a copy by introducing the Leica MP but they failed to live up to their standards from 60 years ago. The digital Leica M's are still, for now, a very expensive joke.

The Leica M3 is a real camera. It's made out of metal, weighs a fair bit and is fully manual. If attach a Leica 50mm Summicron lens you have the finest photographic kit available to mankind. You will be using it for the rest of your life.

Everything about the M3 is silky smooth. Firing the shutter is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you shake the M3 you do not hear any noise. Everything only moves in exactly the manner it was design to.

The M3's viewfinder is so fantastically large and bright that you can keep both eyes open when looking through it and look at the world as you normally would. The frame-lines will just float in your vision. It's Leica magic.

To find out more about Leica Magic and the M3 read the

 Definitive Leica M3 Review

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