Rare Leica MP-3 LHSA camera kit with 50mm Summilux ASPH lens

Dale Photo & Digital has a rare Leica MP-3 LHSA set with 50mm Summilux ASPH lens for sale ($13,495.00):

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The Leica MP3 silver chrome camera body is a close reproduction of the original MP from the 1950s and 1960s. Only the front battery cover and the back adjusting dial for film speed indicate that the MP3 body is based upon the M6. The MP3 has the raised viewfinder window frame, extended eye bolts (for attaching the strap), and an external frame counter. The Leica MP3 rangefinder bright lines are set for 35, 50, and 90mm lenses.

The top plate engravings of the Leica MP3 are modeled upon the 1950s and 1960s M cameras. The winder lever, rewind knob, and the lens unlocking button match those of the historic M models. The leather covering is a replica of the vulcanite covering of the earlier M bodies. The LHSA logo and film loading diagram engravings are only viewable after removing the body bottom plate.

The retro look Leica Summilux-M f/1.4 50 mm ASPH silver chrome lens has a scalloped focusing ring, and a separate period black lens hood with black front and rear caps. The LHSA logo is engraved on the bottom of the lens above the engraving “LENS MADE IN GERMANY”

The Leicavit MP silver chrome rapid winder is based upon the original 1956 model, and was originally sold as an accessory to the MP. Use of the Leicavit with the MP3 body permits winding and sequential shooting without removing the camera from the eye. The Leicavit MP has special side engravings, and the LHSA logo coupled with “SPECIAL EDITION” is discreetly found on the inner cover of the Leicavit MP as seen it the photo.

The Leica MP3 camera body is said by many to be the finest Leica M since the earlier MP body. The Summilux-M 50mm ASPH is one of the most outstanding Leica lenses ever made, with its drawing power and image rendition.

Listing includes Leica MP-3 Silver body, body cap, Leicavit, 50mm lens, front lens cap, rear lens cap, lens hood with cap (12586), extra battery cover, neck strap, leather lens case, LHSA numbered certificate of authenticity, instruction manuals for the camera and lens, and test certificates for both items. Both original inner and outer boxes are included.

Both the camera and the Leicavit have the original plastic attached to the bottom plate.

The camera body is in excellent condition. There are no signs of wear, marks, scratches, or dents. The area around the strap lugs has no markings.

The lens is in excellent condition, barrel has a few very tiny rub marks that are almost invisible. The glass is clean and free of scratches. Focusing is smooth and the aperture ring has firm click stops.

The Leicavit is in mint condition with no marks of any kind.

Camera Serial Number: 3026757
Lens Serial Number: 3990340
Leicavit Serial Number: 00062

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  • Steve Huf

    So now who want to put $13495 on the shelf ??? Probably the worse investment for your cash. And yet, if you are not careful and make a bright mark on the body or lens, the price would probably devaluate by as little as 40% …..

    • Actually, most Leica equipment have appreciated above the inflation rate (and in some instances, better than the S&P 500). Three years ago you could have bought a MINT Summilux 50mm ASPH on eBay for less than $2,500 (I know since I got mine on eBay for $2,200). Today you’d have to pay almost $4K. I bought my large-logo M6 for $900 on eBay three years ago; last time time I checked I could probably sell it now for $1,400 or more (but I am not since I use it). I think with the digital bodies there is a good point to be made generally speaking, but I think with film bodies, especially if it is a collectable film body, Leica hasn’t proved to be a bad investment.

    • regular

      I will never pay $13500 for this kit.
      But I could have shell out $9500 that Leica was asking for, in 2005.

  • Vlad

    Now that’s a Leica special edition that I can get excited over. Not the digital nonsense they’ve been trying to sell lately.

  • Peter

    If I had money to burn, I’d be there in a heartbeat….

  • Daryl

    The 50mm lens is the most beautiful body design of any lens, and an aspherical also. I would keep this one nice and pristine if fortunate to own it. It would be removed from storage occasionally, the shutter exercised while admiring it and then back into storage. Given enough time will this be another Leica to auction for over $1 million?

  • Ben

    Its a pity that the lens got marks on it and body seems to be used in “excellent” condition.

  • regular

    Hi admin, could you please create a “Leica film camera” news category? It would make my visit easier. Bonne continuation:)

    • done, I created a new category called Leica Film Cameras

      • regular


  • bananacam

    MP3? Does it come with headphones?

  • Juanito

    I saw this on another website but the price was $15,000… It looks like not many are interested in it…

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