M3

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  • Code names - 10150 = IGEMO (body only)
IMARO = IGEMO + ELMAR-M (Elmar (III) f= 5 cm 1:3.5)
ISUMO = IGEMO + SOOIC-M (F = 5 cm 1:2 Summicron II)
ISUMO-N = IGEMO + SOOIC-M (F = 5 cm 1:2 Summicron II)-DR near focusing range
ISUMO-S = IGEMO + SOOIC-M (F = 5 cm 1:2 Summicron II)-Rigid
ISAIO = IGEMO + SOOIA-M (F = 5 cm 1:1.5 Summarit)
10330 = M3 J (black paint version made for Japanese market)
  • Production era - 1954-1966; 233,209 assigned numbers (per list below) including 1320 in black and 214 in olive green
  • Variants - 1958 single stoke -ss film transport lever replaced double stroke -ds from # 915521. Many changes of small details : lug shape / size / position throughout production run. 1958 two notches added to range finder frame in viewfinder to indicate depth of field jcb No frame selector lever 1955 # 785891. Metal pressure plate from 1957 # 844001. Modern shutter speeds from 1957 # 854001. Double-stroke wind-on replaced with single-stroke in 1958 # 914251. D.o.F. estimation notches in rangefinder, like with M2, from 1958 Change of 'dog-ear' to rivetless modern strap lugs somewhere around 1960. M3 J version in 2006 (400 cameras) lb
  • Designer - Heinrich Janke
  • Manuals & brochures

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M3 Serial Numbers

SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
700000* 700000* Leica M3 1955 1*
700001* 710000* Leica M3 (black+chrom-ds) 1954 10000*
730001 746450 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1955 16449
746451 746500 Leica M3 ELC 1955 50
746501 750000 Leica M3 1955 3500
750001 759700 Leica M3 (black+chrom-ds) 1955 9700
759701 760000 Leica M3 ELC 1955 300
775001 780000 Leica M3 (black+chrom-ds) 1955 5000
780001 780090 Leica M3 ELC 1955 100
780101 787000 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1955 6900
800000 805000** Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1955 5001**
805001 805100 Leica M3 ELC 1955 100
805101** 807500 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1955 2400**
816001 816900** Leica M3 1956 900**
816901 817000 Leica M3 ELC 1956 100
817001** 820500** Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1956 3500**
829851 830000 Leica M3 ELC 1956 150
830001 837500 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1956 7500
837501 837620 Leica M3 ELC (+ELW) 1956 120
837721 839620 Leica M3 1956 1900
839621 839700 Leica M3 ELC 1956 80
839701 840500 Leica M3 1956 800
840501 840820 Leica M3 ELC 1956 320
840821 844780 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1956 4180
844781 845000 Leica M3 ELC 1956 220
851001 854000 Leica M3 1956 3000
854001 858000 Leica M3 1957 4000
862001 866620 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1957 4620
866621 867000 Leica M3 ELC 1957 380
872001 877000 Leica M3 (chrom-ds) 1957 5000
882001 886700 Leica M3 1957 4700
886701 887000 Leica M3 ELC 1957 300
893001 894000** Leica M3 1957 1000**
894001 894570** Leica M3 ELC (ss) 1957 570**
894571** 898000 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1957 3430**
898001 903000 Leica M3 (black+chrom-ds} 1957 5000
903001 903300 Leica M3 ELC 1957 300
910001 910500** Leica M3 (black} 1957 500**
910501 910600 Leica M3 Olive Lackiert 1957 100
910601 915000 Leica M3(ds/ss) 1957 4400**
915001 915200 Leica M3(chrom-ss) 1957 200
916001 919250 Leica M3 (black-ds) 1957 3250
(cameras below are single-stroke /cameras above are double-stroke unless modified)
919251 924500 Leica M3 (chrom-ss)} 1958 5250
920501 920521 Leica M3 Olive Lackiert 1958 21*
920522** 924400** Leica M3 1958 3880**
924401** 924500** Leica M3 ELC 1958 100**
926701 928922** Leica M3 (olive) 1959 2222**
928923 929000 ^ Postkamera (24 x 27 black) 1958 78
950301 951900 Leica M3 1959 1600
951901 952000 Leica M3 ELC 1959 100
952501 954800* Leica M3 1959 2300
954801 954900 Leica M3 ELC 1959 100
954901 955000 Leica M3 ELC 1959 100
957001 959400 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1959 2400
959401 959500 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert (ss) 1959 100
961501 961700 Leica M3 ELC 1959 200
961701 966500 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1959 4800
968351 968500 Leica M3 ELC 1959 150
972001 974700 Leica M3 (ss) 1959 2700
974701 975000 Leica M3 ELC 1959 300
976501 979500 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1959 3000
984001 984200 Leica M3 ELC 1959 200
984201 987000 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1959 2800
987001 987200 Leica M3 ELC 1960 200
987536 987600 ^ Postkamera 24x27(55) 24x36(10) 1960 65
990751 993500** Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1960 2750**
993501 993750 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert (ss) 1960 250
996001 998000** Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1960 2000**
998001 998300 Leica M3 ELC (chrom-ss) 1960 300
998301** 1000000** Leica M3 1960 1700**
1000001 1003700** Leica M3 1960 3700**
1003701 1004000 Leica M3 ELC 1960 300
1007001 1011000 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1960 4000
1014001 1014300 Leica M3 ELC 1960 300
1014301 1017000 Leica M3 1960 2700
1022001 1022700** Leica M3 1961 700**
1022701 1023000 Leica M3 ELC 1961 300
1023001** 1027800** Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1961 4800**
1027801 1028000 Leica M3 ELC 1961 200
1032001 1035400 Leica M3 1961 3400
1036051 1036350 Leica M3 ELC 1961 300
1038001 1038800** Leica M3 1961 800**
1038801 1039000 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1961 200
1039001** 1040000 Leica M3 (black-ss) 1961 1000**
1040067 1040068** Leica M3 1962 2**
1040071** 1040071** Leica M3 1961 1**
1040095** 1040096 Leica M3 1962 2**
1040601 1043000 Leica M3 1961 2400
1044001 1046000 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert (+chrom-ss) 1962 2000
1046501 1047800** Leica M3 1962 1300
1047801 1048000 Leica M3 ELC 1962 200
1055001 1059849** Leica M3 1962 4849**
1059850 1059999 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1962 150
1060000** 1060000 Leica M3 1962 1**
1063001 1065000** Leica M3 1962 2000**
1065001 1065200 Leica M3 ELC 1962 200
1065201** 1067500 Leica M3 1962 2300**
1067871** 1068000** Leica Postkamera 1963 130**
1070001 1074000 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1963 4000
1077001 1080000 Leica M3 1963 3000
1078501* 1078800* Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1963 300
1088001 1091000 Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1963 3000
1093801 1097700** Leica M3 (Schwz Lackiert+chrom-ss) 1964 3900**
1097701 1097850 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1964 150
1097851** 1098000 Leica M3 ELC 1964 150**
1100001 1102000 Leica M3 1964 1950
1100401* 1134150* Leica M3 Olive Lackiert 1964 50
1102901** 1103000** Leica M3 1965 100**
1105001 1106900** Leica M3 1965 1900**
1106901 1107000 Leica M3 ELC 1965 100
1109001 1110500 Leica M3 1965 1500
1110501 1112000 Leica M3 1965 1500
1114976 1115000 ^ Postkamera 24x27 1965 25
1128401* 1130000* Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1965 1600*
1133001 1134000** Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1965 1000**
1134001 1134150 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1965 150
1134151** 1135000** Leica M3 (chrom-ss) 1965 850**
1135001 1135100 Leica M3 ELC 1965 100
1135101** 1136000** Leica M3 1965 900**
1139001 1140900** Leica M3 1966 1900
1140901 1141000 Leica M3 ELC 1966 100
1141897 1141968 ^ Postkamera 1966 72
1141969 1142000 ^ Postkamera 24x27 1966 32
1155001 1157590** Leica M3 (chrom+black-ss) 1966 2590**
1157591 1157600 Leica M3 Schwz Lackiert 1966 10
1157601** 1158995** Leica M3 1966 1395**
1158501* 1158510* Leica M3 Lack 1966 10*
1158511p 1158995p Leica M3 1966 485p
1158996* 1158900* Leica M3 Olive grun 1966 5*
1164846 1164865 Leica M3 1967p 20
1206962* 1206999* Leica M3 Olive Lackiert 1969p 38*
3087301p 3087700p Leica M3 J (black paint) 2006 400p
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 1954-2006 233,209

.* Serial numbers and batch total from Gandy's List
** Serial numbers from Serial Numbers Leica Cameras with computed batch total.
Unmarked SN's match between both lists and Gandy's batch total was used without recalculation.
ELC - Ernst Leitz Canada / Schwz Lackiert - Black Lacquer / Olive Lackiert - Safari Green Lacquer
^ Postkamera - in 24 x 36 and 24 x 27 versions for Post Office telephone meter reading with a fixed focus Summaron f= 3.5 cm 1:2.8 lens Postkameras formerly assigned to MD are now assigned to M3 per research done by Pierre Jeandrain.
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