Life in LA, Leica M3, 06 2013

Testing my friend’s (and colleague) legendary Leica M3 - “The Leica M3 is a 35 mm rangefinder camera by Ernst Leitz GmbH (now Leica Camera AG), introduced in 1954. The M3 introduced several features to the Leica, among them the combination of viewfinder and rangefinder in one bright window, like on the Contax II, and a bayonet lens mount. It was the most successful model of the M series, with over 220,000 units sold by the time production of the M3 model ended in 1966.”

black&white developed leica m3 rangefinder selfdeveloped testing
Leica M3
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Life in LA, Leica M3, 06 2013


  1. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice series and great camera. Which lens?

  2. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    thanks for stopping by @clikiemcpete ...great camera indeed...i use a 35 F3.5 SUMMARON

  3. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    ...unfortunately the cost of these lenses is very there any particular lens that you would recommend for this camera @clikiemcpete ...thanks again

  4. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful album!! Cheap lens for Leica... How about a Jupiter 8 M39 screw mount lens with M bayonet adapter? Check on ebay... or look here for the lens...… Enjoy!!

  5. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    thanks a lot for the link @herbert-4 ...thinking about the zorki 4k with a jupiter 12 or fed 2...sweet!!! one of these days...have you use the zorkis??? thanks

  6. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    I have a Zorki 4. It's a good camera with a very big bright rangefinder/viewfinder, but an old school shutter like a Leica III, sort of. Never change shutter speed unless shutter is cocked!! A FED 2 has a wider rangefinder and a more idiot proof shutter, but no slow speeds, just 1/30 to 1/500 and B. FED 2's and Zorki 6's might be considered the most reliable (read idiot resistant) of Soviet cameras, and FED 2's come in colors. I have a blue one and a green one.

  7. grazie
    grazie ·

    nice smile! and wow I want to hold a leica at least hehe

  8. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    @grazie ...thanks for stopping by my good friend....wwwoooww I want to hold a hassel heeehe!!!

  9. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    @herbert-4 thanks a lot my friend for the great information on the zorkisss!!!!!

  10. why-yu
    why-yu ·

    nice shot!

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