The Leica MP is a supreme tool. Handcrafted, created for the photographic artist. Designed to deliver the essentials. Focused technology for focused photography, without the distraction of automation. It's for making pictures only a true photographer can see, frame and record. Not a quick fling, but the camera for a lifetime.
Pared down to the absolute essentials, the Leica MP is intuitive in operation but leaves all the crucial decisions and settings to the photographer. It is the classic, purely mechanical alternative to the Leica M7, a camera that offers added comfort and speed with its electronic shutter and aperture-priority metering system.
The development of the Leica MP incorporates over 50 years of experience. It is the quintessential mechanical range/viewfinder camera. It's an experience you will sense as soon as you hold this masterpiece in your hands.
The Leica MP is ever reliable. It relies solely on the skill of the photographer, and can be operated without batteries. The robust body can withstand the harshest conditions. And its controls are all metal.
|Format||Compact 35mm Rangefinder System Camera|
|Lens Mount||14 LEICA M lenses with focal lengths ranging from 21 to 135 mm.|
|Exposure Modes||Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture, compensation using LED light balance.|
|Exposure Metering||Through the lens (TTL), selectively with working aperture.
Light reflected from a measuring field in the center of the first shutter curtain is measured.
The measuring field is equal to approx. 13% of the total negative format.
|Metering Range||For ISO 100/21° EV -2 to EV 20|
|ISO Range||Manual, from ISO 6/9° to ISO 6400/39°.|
|Shutter and Release||'Shutter' Rubberised-cloth horizontal-run focal plane shutter ; extremely low-noise operation, mechanically controlled.
'Shutter speeds' From 1s to 1/1000 s in whole steps,
B for long exposures of any duration,
"Flashsymbol" (1/50s) for flash synchronisation. Two-positions : Power (exposure meter on) Release.
Integrated standard thread for cable release.
|Flash Sync||1/50 second ; slower shutter speeds can be used.|
|Film Wind||Manually with Quick Wind Lever : or LEICAVIT M, or Motorised using LEICA MOTOR-M, LEICA WINDER-M, LEICA WINDER M4-P or LEICA WINDER M4-2 (from serial no. 10 350).|
|Viewfinder||Large, bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation of horizontal and vertical according to the focusing setting,
'Framing' Projection of pairs of bright-line frames : For 28 and 90 mm (90 mm frame only in LEICA MP 0.85) or for 35 and 135 mm (35 mm frame only in LEICA MP 0.58) or for 50 and 75mm.
Automatic projection with the lens fitted. The desired frame can be projected using the frame preselector.
|Depth Field Preview||No|
|Diopter Correction||'Eyepiece' Set for -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 dpt available.|
|Remote Control||standard mechanical cable release|
|Power Source/Battery||One MS76L 3.0V Lithium Battery (1/3N), or Two MS76 Silver Batteries. (Note; Battery is only necessary for metering and display)|
|Dimensions||(W x H x D) 138 mm x 77 mm x 38 mm,/ 5.43" x 3.03" x 1.49"|
|Weight||Approx:.21 oz./ 600 g (with battery, without camera cap)|
|Special Features||All-metal body with foldable rear panel. Brass top plate and base plate, both chromium plated in silver or in black lacquer finish. Tripod thread 1/4" in base plate.
Displays in the viewfinder (lower edge) LED symbol for battery status. LED light balance wi th two triangular and one central circular LED for manual exposure set ting. Triangular LEDs show the required direction of rotation for compensation with aperture setting ring.