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Leica MP 0.72 Rangefinder Camera (Black)

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Leica MP .72 Overview

With the name MP, the new Leica rangefinder camera joins the line of reporter cameras that have been tailored specifically to the wishes of professional photographers. It is the purely mechanical alternative to the LEICA M7, whose electronically controlled shutter and aperture priority automatic exposure control offer more convenience and functions.

The camera concept of the LEICA MP is tailored to the craft of the photographer! Every component of the camera was analyzed and improved meticulously, and it embodies the essence of more than 50 years of experience in optics and mechanical design. The optimized rangefinder facilitates highly accurate focusing, even under difficult light conditions.

The MP is a 100% mechanical camera, the battery being necessary only to operate its internal light meter. All its operating elements are made of metal, so that it withstands heavy duty use under extreme conditions. Technical gadgetry is purposely limited to those features that truly contribute towards creating a better picture.

Extremely reliable performance
Viewfinder is always bright - even in low light
Large assortment of high performance lenses ranging from 21 to 135mm and speeds as fast as f/1
Quiet and vibration free
100% mechanical, all metal

Leica MP .72 Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight4.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.5 x 7.8 x 5.1"

Leica MP .72 Reviews

The best new film camera you can buy

By Chad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-10

The best film camera you can currently buy. It's a joy to use and such a wonderful experience compared to digital. Highly recommended.

the ultimate camera

By framexxiii
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-11-20

I started with a black Nikon FM2, which is one of the best Nikon bodies in my opinion, and many years later bought an Leica M6. The M6 is already more than enough and I keep it. The MP has always been my dream camera. It goes beyond the M6 in its built materials. It's solid, a tank, extremily reliable. The kind of thing you'll pass to your son and he to his son. I prefer shooting with with rangefinder, that's why I moved to Leica. But these days I shot a roll with the FM2 and it was so frustating to my old memories. The camera is a lot made of plastic parts and looked fragile, loosen. The MP has everything locked in, tight, the M6 doesn't come close to that feeling. I'm not talking about the M3 because it doesn't suit me, since I shoot with 28mm and 35mm lenses. Thank you, Leica, for still making lifetime film cameras.


By 5-0
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-07-07

Purchased new at B&H and actively used as a professional back-up camera for location-still shots. Great camera but perhaps due to familiarity and nostalgia, I much prefer the Leica M6 for this role.

Leica MP .72 black

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-09-02

I am an old Leica hand, have owned many, still own a few. I love the purely mechanical aspect of the this camera and what a truly fine machine it is. This is a mix between the previous M3 and the M6, with the newest and best properties of both, making it a very nice camera indeed.

Great for backpacking and cold weather

By Outdoor Images Fine Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-02-05

I have used a variety of Leica bodies, including an old M-4 which had no battery. What I love most about the MP, similar to the M-4, was that I can shoot in the cold weather and take this camera on extended trips without fear of loosing pictures if the battery dies. The battery is only for the light meter and very small so a spare is easy to carry. I shoot only black and white film (and then scan it into Lightroom) and this is a workhorse fitting all the same lenses I use on the sister digital body, the M9-P. If you need a film body, this is a fully manual camera, but should last long enough to include it in your will...

Photographer's dream camera

By Jin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-05-15

Discrete, small, intuitive, reliable, all without compromising image quality. Now, that's one heck of a camera. In the eyes of the public who have been trained (either consciously or subconsciously) to equate a 'serious camera' to a massive black bodies of the SLRs, this unassuming photographic machine goes unnoticed most of the times. Combined with near silent shutter, subjects often do not realize they are being photographed less than a meter away. This provides massive confidence in me to push my creativity without altering my surrounding with my presence. The smooth operation of the camera combined with significant heft, this camera feels almost magical in my hands and gives me that extra inspiration to stick around a little longer, try a little harder, and get out more often. Whether one intends to use this camera on the streets, traveling, photojournal assignments, or on family moments, I am confident that this camera will help one to create unique images that no SLRs can capture from simply being unobtrusive to both the surroundings and to the photographer himself.

It just great

By Sung Jae
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-04

Very similar with M6 and you can still buy BRAND NEW. If you are thinking about MA get this and just take the battery out.

Leica MP - A must if you can.

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-09

I’ve been looking longingly at this camera for quite a long time. Recently, I was in the position financially to commit and am very glad I did. I’ve read nearly everything online about this camera and watched all of the reviews. One of the recurring themes seemed to be having to use it to really understand it, something I thought somewhat ridiculous and probably just a coping mechanism to justify the large amount of dough these people just dropped. But, as soon as I cocked the shutter, held it in my hands and shot a frame, it was something I understood immediately. There really is something intangibly great about this camera. Operation cannot be any smoother. The feel cannot be better. It may actually be mechanical perfection. If you are in the market for a film M camera and are willing to beg your husband or wife to allow you to spend copious amounts of money, go for this one.

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What is the material used for the side wrapping? ...

What is the material used for the side wrapping? Is it leather or some other type of animal skin?
Asked by: Bret
The camera is wrapped in leather.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-10-01


Does this come with an instruction manual?
Asked by: Anonymous
They do not include a paper manual. They do offer the manual to be viewed on a computer via PDF document included on the software with the camera as well as posted on Leica's website.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2021-02-08

When will you have more? I need a backup to my M6 ...

When will you have more? I need a backup to my M6 that is aging.
Asked by: Saul
I've been waiting for a long time. Readily available in the EU.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2022-03-22

Please forgive what might be a silly question as ...

Please forgive what might be a silly question as I'm new to rangefinders... Does this camera come with the patch in the middle of the rangefinder to help find focus?
Asked by: Eric
Yes, it has the two rangefinder rectangles in the viewfinder that you would superimpose the image onto each other to aid in focusing.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-08-14

Is the Leica M-Mount Camera to PL-Mount Lens ...

Is the Leica M-Mount Camera to PL-Mount Lens Adapter compatible with this camera?
Asked by: Stephen
Yes, there is an Leica adapter that will mount PL lenses to the M mount camera:
Answered by: Michele
Date published: 2021-08-14

It might sound like an amateur but does this ...

It might sound like an amateur but does this camera comes with a lens or is just the body?
Asked by: Javier
Price is for the body only. Lenses are sold separately.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-03-08


May I ask if this camera is a brand new one or second hand?
Asked by: 8 5.
This will be a new unopened item.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2019-04-29


Hi, I am in Australia and would like to know if the warranty is still valid if I buy from you in the USA? Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
I advise you to check with Leica Australia regarding this issue, however, warranties from manufacturers are typically specific to the country in which the item was purchased from. We do offer an extended service plan through a third party company called Square Trade, which will provide international coverage for either two or three years depending on your preference, and will additionally protect against drops, spills, and other incidents. You can read more about Square Trade here:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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