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Leica MP

Leica MP
alaScore 81

24 reviews

May, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews of Leica MP. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica MP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jon Snyder (

Review: Leica MP


Leica's MP is an all-mechanical version of its classic rangefinder camera that looks and feels like a perfectly preserved artifact from your father's shelf.

A bona fide classic in design and construction. Thousands of lens options, since every piece of M-mount glass made by Leica is still game. Stripped-down shutter-speed dial and manual focus ring are simple to use. Understated looks, compact design and...

At ,000 for the body alone, the MP’s price is almost as inflated as its legacy. Lenses are extra, and they are expensive. Range finders have limitations that make them less than ideal for sports or nature photography. The permanence of film will make...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Howard Blumenthal (

Leica MP Rangefinder Camera Review


I was so impressed with this particular all-mechanical Leica, and so taken with the legacy, that I may write a new book ¡°starring¡± this camera. The story of a creative tool that has been gradually perfected over five decades, and upon the point of...

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Leica MP


I have owned 4 Leica M6's and a Leica CL as well as Leica SLR's. And I have to say that the Leica MP is without doubt the best Leica ever made and that includes the M3 upon which it takes it's design cues. It is solidly built with excellent fit and...

Viewfinder ; ease of focus ; heft ; fit and finish ; feel in the hand ; the photos


Mar, 2008

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This is my first tru Rangefinder. Best camera I have ever owned. I love film and what it offers, and the MP takes full advantage of that. I love the convience of digital and the convience of what technology offers these days, but the manual operation...

Manual operation / Great Center Weight Meter - Exposures are great starting points that I can adjust from & It actually made me realize that this is all you really need. / Construction - I never realized that a 35mm camera of this size could weigh so...

Very Expensive & the prices keep going up. I only buy new because I never sell & I use the hell out of my cameras. Collectors are driving the prices up. Lenses are very expensive. This is not an camera system easily justified from a dollar perspective,...

Jul, 2007

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Leica MP


Prior to purchasing my MP I had a long and fruitful relationship with the Leica R8. Using available light for portrait photography it was a natural progression for me to switch over to the rangefinder. I spent some time trying out used M6's and then my...

Its called a "Mechanical Precision". I could not have thought of a better name ; Fast intuitive and confidence inspiring

All of the limitations of a rangefinder, i.e, limited focal length, no reflex view, no flash TTL, but in its niche applications it can not be faulted

May, 2006

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Leica MP


The Leica MP will be the last camera I ever buy, so long as film remains available. The mechanics of the Leica MP are completely intuitive in use for anyone familiar with manual, mechanically controlled cameras. The viewing system is intuituive for...

mechanical precision ; quiet operation ; lack of needless features ; straightforward layout of controls ; a minimalist's dream come true ; good value over a lifetime of ownership ; simplicity

prohibitively expensive up-front price tag ; film loading is slow and tedious at first

Apr, 2006

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Sep, 2005

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Leica MP


This is, without a doubt, the best camera I have ever owned. It feels superb, and mine has been totally reliable. I knew what I was getting, and I don't think that the characteristics of the camera should be regarded as a weakness. For example, it is...

Quiet. Reliable. Smooth. I think Leicas are the only cameras where pressing the button FEELS good! (Perhaps I should get a life!)

None whatsoever. Not cheap, but it will last a lifetime, as has the 50-year-old IIIg I've just started using!

Sep, 2005

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Leica MP


I've just been back from a trip to Paris and there I spent an entire week on photography with my MP. Together with my lens system (35f2, 50,f2, 24f2.8, 90f2.8), it is a very professional yet very intuitive camera. During the trip, I have always had to...

Well-damped, low shutter vibration (I have most of 1/4s photos shot sharply) - solid ruggedness - shortest shutter delay - bright viewfinder (no flare) - electricity independent, even with flash (except light meter) - M3 classic style and presentation...

The shutter lag is too short, so the flash sycn time can only be 1/50s (the shutter opens even earlier than the flash shoots) - Heavy, due to the brass body - No lens beyond 135mm - Expensive

Oct, 2004

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Leica MP


Smooth. Buttery smooth is the advance action on the Leica MP. Equally smooth is the MP when the optional Leicavit M added to the MP. Even the release is smooth. Leica's efforts to smooth up the gear train on this camera are to be applauded. Quiet and...

Simplicity of operation. This takes us back to the days when the photographer was the one who maintained the ultimate control over focus and exposure,--not someone's program. Leica lenses are truly unique in the world of miniature photography. There...

The rangefinder (mine is the .72) is fairly quick but not quite as fast as my SLRs. Loading is less of a problem than it used to be. I sometimes wish there was an easy way to see if the shutter is cocked or not on the top of the camera.

Aug, 2004

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