Mechanical perfection. Nothing else: The LEICA MP is a tool. Made by hand, created for the photographer's craft. Tailored to the decisive photographic parameters. In compact form, with clean design, clearly laid out. Unobtrusive, quiet, reliable. Concentrated technology for concentrated photography, without distraction by automation. For pictures that only a photographer can see, compose and record. Modern, because it captures the present. Current, because all its features have been optimized. Traditional, because it builds on the accumulated experiences of the pioneer in 35 mm camera construction. Not a photographic whim, but a camera for life.
Typically "M": The whisper-quiet, purely mechanical shutter of the LEICA MP permits vibration-free exposures. In combination with the compact, extremely fast Leica lenses it discreetly delivers the best pictorial results, even under poor light conditions. In addition, the consistent policy of system compatibility permits the use of virtually every M lens that was ever made.
Reduced to what is essential: The camera concept of the LEICA MP is tailored to the decisive photographic parameters sharpness, shutter speed and aperture. The camera thus enables the photographer to concentrate fully on the job at hand, without being distracted by automation. The photographer is entirely free to exercise his creativity directly.
100% mechanical: Everyone who values optical/mechanical perfection and robustness will love the LEICA MP. By means of the use of high-grade materials and complex fabrication processes, the MP is designed for extreme longevity. The MP is independent of batteries and all its operating elements are made of metal, so that it withstands heavy duty use under extreme conditions. The compact manual film advance attachment LEICAVIT-M and the rewind crank are purely mechanical accessories that make the LEICA MP an even greater high performer.
Built-in experience: The LEICA MP is manufactured by hand, tailored to the craft of the photographer. It embodies the essence of more than 50 years of experience in optics and mechanical design. Every component of the camera was analysed and improved meticulously. The optimised rangefinder facilitates highly accurate focusing, even under difficult light conditions. Leica offers a guarantee of up to five years to registered owners. In addition all services and replacement parts are guaranteed to be available for at least 30 years at the Leica Customer Service Department.
The LEICA MP is available with the three viewfinder magnifications of 0.58 x, 0.72 x, and 0.85 x. It is tailored ideally to the preferences and needs of the photographer : The 0.58 x magnification for a great overview with wide-angle lenses and for eyeglass wearers. 0.72 x as a universal standard (also featured on the black lacquer version). 0.85 x for accurate focusing with medium focal length lenses and with Leica M tele lenses.
Format Compact 35mm Rangefinder System Camera Lens Mount 14 LEICA M lenses with focal lengths ranging from 21 to 135 mm. Focus Manual Focus Modes Manual 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.
Multi Exposure No Self-Timer No Flash Sync 1/50 second ; slower shutter speeds can be used. PC Terminal No 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 Mirror Lock-Up No 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.