- 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
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R3 Serial Numbers
|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|||
|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|
. * 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
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