Post by belgiumreporter on Nov 23, 2017 8:10:52 GMT -5
Just found this 1957 Leica MP, because they are extremely rare i am cautious that it might be a counterfeit one.
The story behind this example does give it some credibility (from a retired pro on his dead bed first hand).
Unfortunatly the person from whom it came suffered a stroke and is unable to give full details, i do know however he was the owner of a shop in Antwerp wich was an official Leica dealer,i remember going there as a young man, drooling over the Leica R3 safari when it first came out.
Post by belgiumreporter on Nov 25, 2017 19:03:37 GMT -5
Maybe for those who don't know what an MP is here's a quote from the MIR image library:
"Leica MP only had a very short production duration. Considered as one of the most desirable & pricey Leica collectible camera body today. Whether from perspective of rarity or basic features embodied within, it can be still considered as an evolved form from Leica M3 rangefinder camera. The "P" in Leica MP is referred a special production series of a M3 that were catered for professionals or press photographers if you like - because most "pros" during the time were referred to press/media photographers* and/or photojournalists. Except for its announcement literature in Photokina, 1956 Leica MP, the camera had not been catalogued in general Leica product catalogues as it was not meant to be marketed by Leica as a mass-market consumer model."
Olnly 500 units were issueded to be produced, however the highest known serial number is 402, seasoned collectors claim only 252 units are accounted for. The last one sold at an 2016 auction sold for 50.400$ ( condition B+)
The problem to be sure it is a "real" MP some parts of the body need to be dismanteled, a job i will not undertake myselve, a leica specialist will be contacted to do the job. I'll keep you posted on the outcome...
PS. sorry for the double posting of this thread, i thought i would bre able to delete my posting in the fixed lens rangefinder part of the forum (NOT)