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DigitalRev Says Happy 60th Birthday to the Iconic Leica M3 with a Hands-On Review


This week marks the 60th anniversary since Leica introduced the now-iconic M3, a camera many consider to be the best Leica ever produced and still the most successful M-Series camera ever made at over 220,000 units sold by the time production ended in 1966.

And so, to pay homage to this titan of photographic history, DigitalRev decided to give the M3 a proper video and take it out onto the streets of Hong Kong for a good old hands-on review.

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A DigitalRev video usually means sexual innuendo and silliness — and there is definitely some of that, don’t get us wrong — but this is a proper homage to a fantastic camera. Kai covers the basic mechanics, waxes eloquent about the design and takes some really beautiful black-and-white photographs on the streets of Hong Kong while he’s at it.

In all, it’s a great hands-on review of one of the best 35mm cameras ever made, and a great way to avoid work for 10 minutes this Monday… 15 if you count the time it’ll take you to get on eBay and drop a grand on an M3 of your own.