New Leica M3D
Old 02-13-2015   #1
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New Leica M3D

I did not see this one on RFf.

It is a new version of one of the M3's specially made for David Douglas Duncan. No lightmeter, frame-selector or delayed action.

It is for sale, but as only 16 examples have been made, it will be staggering expensive.

I would like to see the frames in the viewfinder.

I hope nobody will hurt his or her eye by that poke on the lens.

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Old 02-13-2015   #2
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Funny that old serial number on the lens.

Seems like they used old stock M2 parts for the frame counter: a different font from the rest of the camera.

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Old 02-13-2015   #3
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Looks more like the original MP to me...
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Or the MP Classic that was made for the Chinese collector market (http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...-MP/index4.htm). But I guess since they already have a meterless MP (M-A) in regular production, then it isn't a big deal to make a retro-styled version.

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Old 02-13-2015   #5
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On the back there seems to be the signature of David Douglas Duncan. That is a dealbreaker for me. I'm no longer in.

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Old 02-13-2015   #6
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On the back there seems to be the signature of David Douglas Duncan. That is a dealbreaker for me. I'm no longer in.

Erik.
BTW David Douglas Duncan used to mount LTM Nikkors on his Leica M.

What's next from those brilliant Leica marketing dpt guys ? A "Robert Capa D-Day" M-A having the shape of a Contax II ?
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David Douglas Duncan used to mount LTM Nikkors on his Leica M.
Yes in the Korean war (This is war) he discovered how good they were. In those years he used Leica IIIc cameras. He was a good photographer, but I do not want to see another photographers name on my camera.

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Old 02-13-2015   #8
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anyone know how much they sold for? just curious. thanks.
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Old 02-13-2015   #9
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On the back there seems to be the signature of David Douglas Duncan. That is a dealbreaker for me. I'm no longer in.
Photo of the back here.

I agree that the signature certainly spoils the camera as something you might want to own and use. Signature aside, the camera is surprisingly quite attractive considering that Leica must have raided the parts bin and built it from a variety of bits from other cameras: the top plate and Leicavit look like they are from the LHSA MP3 camera, the rear door and body covering are from the M-A, the 50 Summicron (apart from the metal lever) is the same as the one made for the Schmidt Marketing MP Classic, etc.
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the camera is surprisingly attractive considering that Leica must have raided the parts bin and built it from a variety of bits from other cameras: the top plate and Leicavit look like they are from the LHSA MP3 camera, the rear door and body covering are from the M-A, the 50 Summicron (apart from the metal lever) is the same as the one made for the Schmidt Marketing MP Classic, etc.
Yes, very attractive, certainly when the 50mm frame in the viewfinder is as precise as that of the M3 or M2 ...

I like the body covering too.

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the 50 Summicron is the same as the one made for the Schmidt Marketing MP Classic, etc.
Apart from that extremely early serial number, it dates from 1969.

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How many of these 16 will ever actually get used, I wonder.
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Who knows? Not that it actually matters. After someone buys one then it is up to them what they decide to do with the camera.
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Old 02-14-2015   #14
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Those of you who are whining, I doubt you are anyone Leica is worrying about in making this one. :-) When I get mine, I'll just take a rusty screwdriver and scratch my social security number over his name, and be happy.
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How many of these 16 will ever actually get used, I wonder.
Who cares?

Are you so insecure that you are worried about someone else buying a Leica?

Thought not. So why worry?

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Old 02-16-2015   #16
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Very nice camera, except the name engraving which is terrible.. thinking if I should fit such a tab to my V1 Elmarit. looks kind'of wicked.
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Very nice camera, except the name engraving which is terrible.. thinking if I should fit such a tab to my V1 Elmarit. looks kind'of wicked.

You of know a local welder then?
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You of know a local welder then?
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yep
Thank you for seeing the humour for how it was intended.

On a more practical note, I feel that though the lens 'focusing rod' would be good to grip mounted, I can't see it being too good in a bag off the camera i.e. gets caught easily.

On the other hand, if you can afford the set up, I doubt anyone is going to worry too much (if at all).
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Old 02-17-2015   #20
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The DDD version is one really about and only cash.
Duncan a very good photographer but in his case a very astute business man.
One of the best!
A shoot by DDD was for many years the most money for a shoot on "Look" magazine.
In fact the most money for any photo story in any publication..
Should that bother a future rare Leica owner of such a rare piece?
I doubt it.
I think Leica and DDD are a perfect match, in this case.
Let the till start singing!
I like one other, i is outa here.
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BTW David Douglas Duncan used to mount LTM Nikkors on his Leica M.

What's next from those brilliant Leica marketing dpt guys ? A "Robert Capa D-Day" M-A having the shape of a Contax II ?
A DDD "Goodbye Picasso" edition where Coke-can-sized, $10K Leica fast 50 stands in for the small, cheap 50/1.2 Canon LTM lens.

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