Leica singe stroke M3 camera with silver body. The top of the silver body is engraved Leica DBP M#-922900, Ennst Leitz GMBH, Wetzlar Germany. The camera comes with a silver 50mm F2 lens #1532541 and is also signed Ernst Leitz GmbH Wetzler. The lens has a snap on attachment that corrects for parallax in close up situations.
Condition: The camera is very clean and has only a few minor abrasions on the bottom and below the strap lugs.
Note: When it was released in 1954, the Leica M3 was received with widespread acclaim. Most industry pundits said that it was clearly the best 35mm rangefinder camera in its class with a superior, combined viewfinder/rangefinder that had bright automatically switching framelines. A major revision of the popular Leica III, the new M-bayonet mount on the M3 let you quickly change lenses with one hand and the mount automatically told the camera which framelines to display (50mm, 90mm, or 135mm). It was quickly adopted as the standard camera of photojournalists. Unfortunately, its price kept it out of the hands of most regular people.