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Leica MP Series Camera

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the viewfinder and build quality are overall positive. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the battery and features.

shutter, design, portability, build quality, viewfinder

value for money, performance, flash, features, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Leica MP Series Camera is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 31 reviews)

2 expert reviews

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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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Amazon review summary for Leica MP Series Camera


alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Leica MP Series Camera from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

viewfinder, portability, shutter, design, build quality

value for money

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Leica MP Edition Hermes - Rangefinder - 35mm - lens: 35 mm - silver chrome

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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



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Leica MP


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,...

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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

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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

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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!

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Leica MP


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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

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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.

Product Specifications

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.


Autofocus: No
Built In Flash: No
Data Back: No
DX Coding:No / Yes
Exchangable Lens: Yes
Exposure Regulation:Not Applicable
Motor:No / Yes
Panorama: No
Red Eye Reduction: No
Water Protection: No

General Features

Compact / SLR:Compact
Film Format:135 mm


Bifocal / Zoom: No