R3

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  • Production era - 1976-1979
  • Code numbers - 10031-chrom, 10032-black, 10033-mot, 10034-safari, 10050-gold, 11876-safari
  • Manufacture - Developed with Minolta, R3's were made at Leica's Portugal Plant (LP) except for the ELW batches noted below.
  • Variants - Black, chrome, olive (Safari), gold (100 year Oskar Barnack), Electronic MOT and Wetzlar ELW versions
  • Description - "The Leica R3 introduced in 1976, represented a completely new generation of Leitz cameras. Full use of the latest advance in micro eletronics had been incorporated .
The electronic shutter is infinitely variable between 4 sec and 1/1000 sec. A mechanical speed of 1/90 is usable in the case of a battery failure.
The viewfinder is equipped with a full display and focusing can be achieved using split image rangefinder, centre spot microprism or ground glass surround.
Other features include a rapid load system, delayed action and a depth of field preview button. the metering system is extremely accurate and incorporates integrated and spot methods, the spots area being represented by the microprism area. A memory lock is incorporated and the metering selection is controlled by a switch incorporated in the speed selector dial." -jcb
  • Accessories - DB 2
  • Manuals & brochures

Comment

R3 Serial Numbers

^ Camera 1469693 is MD-2
^^ Camera 1468063 is Olive R3
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
1446001 1446100 Leica R3 Hell ELW 18 Nov 1976* 100
1446101 1447100 Leica R3 Hell LP 1976 1000
1447101 1449000 Leica R3 Schwz (LP) 1976* 1900
1449001 1450500 Leica R3 Schwz ELW (+Hell) 1976 1500
1450501 1450900 Leica R3 Hell ELW 1977 400
1450901 1468000 Leica R3 Schwz (LP+MOT) 1977-78 17100
1468001 ^^1468100 Leica M4-2^^ LP 1977 [100]
1468101 ^1470000 Leica R3 Olive LP (10 034-ELW) 1977-78 2000
1470001 1479000 Leica R3 Schwz (10 032-ELW+LP) 1977* 10000
1479001 1480000 Leica R3 Hell LP 1978 1000
1482001 1485000 Leica R3 Olive LP 1978 3000
1485001 1491000 Leica R3 Schwz LP 1978 6000
1491001 1492250 Leica R3 Hell LP 1978 1250
1492251 1502000 Leica R3 MOT LP (Schwz) 1978 9750
1508001 1523750 Leica R3 MOT LP 1979 15750
1523751 1523850 Leica R3 Schwz LP 1979 100
1523851 1524850 Leica R3 Gold LP 1979 1000
1524851 1525350 Leica R3 Hell LP 1979 500
Total assigned serial numbers 1976-1979 71,350**

. * 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.
Schwz - Black anodized aluminum / Hell - Clear anodized aluminum
LP - Leica Portugal