Leica MP availability?
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Leica MP availability?

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Is the MP still produced? I spoke to a vendor this morning that said no.

I like shooting E6, would you get an MA over a MP? walking around w/meter?
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MP's are still listed on the Leica web page and B&H has them listed as back ordered. My understanding is that Leica produces film bodies in batches. Give B&H a call and see when a new batch is arriving. These guys have MP's listed as available.
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B&H shows both black and chrome versions of the MP as backordered, which may suggest that they are still in production or may be a way of waffling until B&H finds out if they are. The Leica Camera AG site still lists the MP in the "M" lineup and has a link to the MP a la carte process. You might try that avenue. If you select the baseline levels offered on the a la carte menu, I don't think it's more expensive than buying from a dealer at list.

I have an MP that I bought used some years ago. It's as solid a piece of work as the M3s that I own, although the latter are nicer for shooting 50 mm because of the bigger frame in the rangefinder. Leica's site suggests by implication that the MP may have more robust metal parts than the alternative, as well as a meter. Even if that is true, you'd probably need to shoot A LOT for that to make a difference. Also, Leica is great about being able to repair their products, even if they are expensive.

I've never found carrying a meter to be troublesome, and I do it a lot because I shoot meduim format fairly often, and none of my MF cameras have built-in meters. My preference is for incident meters, but YMMV.

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MP & M-A are still for sale, produced in smaller badges. But who knows how long it takes before the stop with MP & M-A.

I'm thinking about ordering a MP a la carte in black chrome, before it's too late.
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Hi,
Is the MP still produced? I spoke to a vendor this morning that said no.

I like shooting E6, would you get an MA over a MP? walking around w/meter?
The MP is in current production. Either find a dealer who has one in stock, or wait a bit until the new units are shipped from the factory.

Go for the MP. A built in light-meter gives you more flexibility and speed.
The M-A has no advantages in comparison to the MP.

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Tamarkin Camera in Chicago, IL USA still has the MP listed, and does not indicate whether he has stock or not. You might want to give him a call.

http://www.tamarkin.com

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I've always felt like, if you're going to carry a meter, why not have one built-in?

If you shoot meterless, an M-A seems pretty sweet.

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Thanks for all the comments on the Meter.

I called all of the places recommended, and no one has stock. Might have to go a la carte
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The MP is in current production. Either find a dealer who has one in stock, or wait a bit until the new units are shipped from the factory.

Go for the MP. A built in light-meter gives you more flexibility and speed.
The M-A has no advantages in comparison to the MP.

Cheers, Jan
M-A has a much nicer view finder as the lower horizontal line is unbroken. A better view for composition is a huge advantage to me.
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Would be great when the M-A was available with M2 framelines. And the MP with M5 framelines. I would buy them instantly.


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Call Tony at Popflash.com

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Wasn't there a post on this site recently that said the a la carte program was ending, or has ended?
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Leica Stores might have them in stock, and if they don't you can order from them. You don't need to order an a la carte if all you want is a standard MP.
I ordered and got an ALC MP earlier this year because I got alarmed by Stephen Gandy's uber-rumour that the ALC program was going to stop. The result is shown in that thread.
Just a couple of weeks ago I sent my standard MP with 0.72 viewfinder to Wetzlar for a modification to a 0.85 viewfinder. I was told it will take 3 to 4 weeks. With postage to and from Australia I expect it to realistically take 6 to 8 weeks.
An MP of any kind and colour has to be the best thing in the world. Apart from food and shelter of course. And world peace.
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Just a couple of weeks ago I sent my standard MP with 0.72 viewfinder to Wetzlar for a modification to a 0.85 viewfinder. I was told it will take 3 to 4 weeks. With postage to and from Australia I expect it to realistically take 6 to 8 weeks.
Any hint as to how much that modification costs? Mine is 0.72 but I only ever use 35 or 50mm.
Sounds like you have previous experience with converting Leica weeks into Earth standard weeks.
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He lists it as out of stock but I'll give it a go


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Does it have to be brand new? There are a number for sale online in various venues, shops and forums.
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Coogee, Camera Clinic in Melbourne, who you probably know are the authorised Leica service mob, are handling the deed for me. They initially estimated "about A$1000" so I sent it in. A few days later they passed on a firm quote from Germany which is A$1240-80 including overseas freight. So definitely cheaper than buying a 2nd hand MP, if you can find one with a 0.85 finder.
Apparently DAG and Kanto Camera also do this work, but I didn't suss them out.
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Thank you, hope it’s all sorted soon enough for you.
Will be a very nice day when you do get it back.
I’d imagine the cost might include a CLA with Leica as well.

I’d be surprised if they discontinued the MP now but I suppose that one day it will happen.
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Just a couple of weeks ago I sent my standard MP with 0.72 viewfinder to Wetzlar for a modification to a 0.85 viewfinder. I was told it will take 3 to 4 weeks. With postage to and from Australia I expect it to realistically take 6 to 8 weeks...
Such luxury, rush service. Leica NJ had mine for ten days short of a year.
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Bob, I remember reading your terrible tribulations with Leica NJ and your MP. Just awful. Here in the lovely but far away land of Aus we have generally good service from Camera Clinic and one or two independent techs, but there are many things that they are not equiped to do so gear must be sent off to the motherland. I think I’ve been lucky so far with my Leica Germany dealings.
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Just a couple of weeks ago I sent my standard MP with 0.72 viewfinder to Wetzlar for a modification to a 0.85 viewfinder. I was told it will take 3 to 4 weeks. With postage to and from Australia I expect it to realistically take 6 to 8 weeks.
I'm thinking of having this done to one of my MP cameras. If you're therefore able to post any updates in due course, I'd be very interested in finding out how it all goes.

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Sure. My fingers are crossed. "I see a safe journey. I see a safe return." From 7 Years in Tibet, I think.
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There is something about that untouched Leica smell :-)
Seriously it doesn't but I would like a new one

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Having bought a new digital M in 2016 (M262), the first any kind of "new" Leica for me, I will testify it is satisfying knowing as you crack opened the sealed box you are the first person outside the factory to touch the thing and any use it winds of displaying are all the result of your own doing.

I've since picked up a second body, a used but virtually like new MP240, and a whole set of brand-spanking new M lenses (21mm f3.4 SEM, 35/1.4 FLE, 75mm f2.4 and 135mm f3.4 APO) and enjoy the heck out of it all.
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I'm in Melbourne, too. Camera Clinic are great to deal with. And local dealers have old and new bodies, including a near mint M-A, a slightly worn black paint MP, and a bunch of earlier models. I'm not in a position to buy another film M as yet, but they do turn up in the secondhand market, even locally.
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I'm in Melbourne, too. Camera Clinic are great to deal with. And local dealers have old and new bodies, including a near mint M-A, a slightly worn black paint MP, and a bunch of earlier models. I'm not in a position to buy another film M as yet, but they do turn up in the secondhand market, even locally.
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