Leica MP


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Photography is as much about the mind, as the eye. The Leica MP's manual functions perform exactly to your commands. Putting the decision-making in your hands.

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Mechanical perfection. Nothing else.

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.

Minimalising to the max

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.

Classically mechanical

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.

Always ready

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.

Order No. Silver : 10 301 , Black : 10 302
Camera type Compact 35 mm rangefinder system camera with mechanically controlled shutter.
Lenses Leica M bayonet mount. Lens system Leica M lenses from 21-135 mm.
Viewfinder principle Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation. Viewfinder optical system with reduced stray light sensitivity and optimum visibility of all bright line frames.
Eyepiece Calibrated to –0.5 dpt. Correction lenses from –3 to +3 diopter available. Bright line frames activated in pairs: for 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm or 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when the lens is mounted. The preview selector can be used to display each of the pairs of frames. Alternative bright line frame configurations are available as part of the Leica a la carte range.*
Parallax compensation The horizontal and vertical difference between the viewfinder and the lens is automatically compensated in line with the current distance setting, i.e. the bright line frame in the viewfinder automatically covers the section of the subject that will be captured by the lens.
Correlation between viewfinder and film images At the shortest possible distance setting for each focal length, the bright line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 x 35 mm. When set to infinity, depending on the focal length between 9% (28mm) and 23% (135 mm) more is captured by the film than is shown in the corresponding bright line frame.
Magnification 0.72x (for all lenses). Alternative viewfinder magnifications of 0.85x and 0.58x are available as part of the Leica a la carte range.*
Wide-base rangefinder Split and superposed-image ranger finder displayed as a bright field in the centre of the viewfinder image. Effective measuring basis 49.9 mm (mechanical measuring basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.72x). For the alternative viewfinder magnifications of 0.85x and 0.58x available as part of the Leica a la carte range, it is 58.9 mm (mechanical measuring basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.85x) and 40.2 mm (mechanical mea-suring basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.58x) respectively.
Exposure metering Exposure metering through the lens (TTL), selectively with working aperture.
Metering principle The light reflected by a metering spot in the center of the first shutter curtain. The metering spot has a diameter of 12 mm and thus corresponds to approx. 13% of the full film format or approx. 2/3 of the short side of the applicable bright line frame in the viewfinder.
Metering range (for ISO 100/21°) From 0.03 to 125000 cd/m2 at room temperature, normal humidity and f/1.0. For ISO 100/21° this corresponds to EV-2 to 20 or f/1 and 4s (B setting) to f/32 and 1/1000s. Flashing of the left-hand triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates that the brightness reflected is below the metering range.
Metering cell Silicon photodiode with focusing lens to the top left behind the bayonet.
Exposure control Manual shutter speed and aperture setting and adjustment using LED light balance.
Film speed range Manual setting from ISO 6/9 to ISO 6400/39°.
Viewfinder displays (at lower edge) LED symbol for battery status.LED light balance with two triangular LEDs and a central circular LED to adjust the exposureTriangular LEDs give the required direction to rotate the aperture dial. The LEDs flash to warn that the brightness reading is above or below the metering range.
Flash exposure metering and control  
Flash unit connection Using accessory hotshoe with center contact and / or standard flash connector socket.
Flash synchronisation speed = 1/50s; slower shutter speeds can be used
Synchronisation time With 1st shutter curtain.
Exposure metering / metering characteristics Separate computer control of flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of required aperture.
Flash exposure compensation On LEICA SF 20 / SF 24D, +/- 3EV in 1/3 EV increments or from 0 to –3 EV in 1EV increments with computer control.
Shutter and shutter release  
Shutter Rubberized cloth focal plane shutter with horizontal movement; extremely quiet. Mechanically controlled.
Shutter speeds From 1s to 1/1000s in whole increments.B for very long exposures of any duration, (1/50s) for flash synchronisation.
Shutter release Two stage: Power up (activate exposure meter) – ReleaseStandard thread for cable release integrated.
Film transport  
Loading Manual film loading after opening base plate and rear panel.
Advance Manually with quick wind lever or LEICAVIT M or motorized using LEICA MOTOR M, LEICA WINDER-M, LEICA WINDER M4-P or LEICA WINDER M4-2 (from serial no. 10350).
Rewind Manually with extending rewind button (rewind crank available as part of Leica a la carte range and attachable rewind crank available as an accessory).
Frame counter On top of camera. Automatic reset after removing base plate.
Camera body  
Material Enclosed all metal body with hinged rear panel. Brass top and base plate. Silver chrome finish or black lacquered.
Tripod thread A 1/4 (1/4") DIN in base plate.
Power supply (Only necessary for exposure metering and display)3V from 2 silver oxide button cells, type PX 76 / SR 44 or from 1 lithium cell, type DL 1/3 N. Battery monitoring by illumination of battery warning display with light balance LEDs (1st level), light balance LEDs going out (2nd level) or all LEDs going out.
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 138 mm x 77 mm x 38 mm
Weight (without batteries) Approx. 585 g
Items supplied Carrying strap with non-slip pad (14 312), camera cover with M bayonet (14 195), flash contact shoe connector (14 348) and batteries.
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