The Classic Rangefinder
The Leica M3 is a true classic. This 35mm rangefinder camera was produced from 1954 till 1966, and was the very first Leica M camera. The Leica M3 is an absolute joy to use. It's a camera you want to grab with you every time you leave the door. It’s a fully manual and mechanical camera that allows you to focus completely on the image you want to capture, without getting in the way. We regularly have the Leica M3 for sale at the Leica Store Amsterdam. If you don’t see any Leica M3 cameras listed below, please see our current offering of Used Leica Cameras.
The Leica M3
What makes the Leica M3 such a classic and sought after camera? The first thing that you notice as soon as you pick up a Leica M3 is the built quality. From the first time you pick it up it becomes obvious that this is a camera you will carry with you for decades to come. It might not have more advanced features like a built in lightmeter, but sometimes that can be a good thing.
With the Leica M3 there is nothing between you and the decisive moment in front of you that you want to capture. This might be the first Leica M made, but when you compare it to the current Leica M cameras, little has changed in the basic functionality of the camera. This is a true sign of how Leica got it right with the Leica M3.
Leica M3 Viewfinder and Framelines
The Leica M3 is the first Leica M. The ‘3’ in M3 stands for the three frameline options the viewfinder has: 50mm, 90mm and 135mm. If you want to use a 35mm lens on your Leica M3, you will need to mount special optics to the viewfinder.
Buy a Leica M3 from the Leica Store Amsterdam
All our Leica M3 cameras are checked, have had a CLA (Clean Lubricate & Adjust) and therefor come with a 6 months Store Warranty. This way you can be confident in the quality of the secondhand Leica products you buy from us.