Faces Of Your Cameras – Leica M3D Customised Film Rangefinder

Leica M3D Customised Film Rangefinder

Faces Of Your Cameras

This piece will ride with me until the end of time

Faces Of Your Cameras – Leica M3D Customised Film Rangefinder

Leica M3D modified by Hennessy Lieu

4 years ago I discovered a very unique Leica MP and its Leica M3D, a special edition made for Mr. David Douglas Duncan hence that’s why it is called M3D (D.D.D). Despite only 4 units ever made for him and a special reproduction edition M3D M-A edition only 16 units were made back in 2014. M3D is one of the most unique looking MP, with early polish shutter speed, polish M2 frame counter, and unique focusing tab design for him.

I adore his M3D and I really really want to use it, so I did one-of-a-kind recreation 1 to 1, this project took me 4 years to complete and I can proudly share the end result. I and my local technicians work together for this project so if you even ask my local technician he will never do this again. My custom M3D-11, the reason 11 is that the original 1 – 4 belongs to Mr. David Douglas Duncan, to respect his original M3D, I added another 1 next which means it is made for me and also stands for the next generation, 1 pass to another 1, if put into roman numeral it could call M3D II (Second).

To make this happen, it requires a lot of time scouting parts and donor parts, this requires me 2 M2 donor parts and 1 M3 as the main part. Leicavit IIIG to custom made MP Leicavit. A Summilux 50 V1 mod focusing tab took 2 years to get everything together, roughly another year of modification, and the final year repainted the original Black Paint and final adjustment. This piece will ride with me until the end of time.

Instagram @leitzstreet

Hennessy with his Leica M3D

Thank you, Hennessy, for sharing your story and allowing me to feature you in the “Faces of Your Cameras” post. I’ve come across this DDD online before and also when Leica announced a limited M3D black paint camera back in 2014. The camera, a meticulous replica of the historic M3D, was limited to just 16 pieces, each with serial numbers ranging from 5 to 20. Leitz originally crafted the M3D (numbered 1 to 4) for DDD in 1955. This version of the M3 was unique; it included a Leicavit rapidwinder, which set it apart from the standard models. This tailor-made camera later inspired the creation of the Leica MP, a model produced in limited quantities starting in 1956 and designed with the professional photojournalist in mind.

Get Latest Update!

Stay up to date with my latest videos, photos, and news updates by following me on Instagram and YouTube. And don’t forget to subscribe to my website’s pop-up form or bottom of the page for exclusive updates and news. Head over to @tahusa on Instagram, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and stay in the loop!

Share us your camera!

Share with me your favourite camera set up in two photos! It could be any type of camera, digital, analog with any accessories or instant camera. Photo resolution to be at least 1400px wide (for a horizontal image). I’d love for you to include a story (in a few sentences or even paragraphs!) about this camera and you. Whatever shows that this is a true (camera) love story. Feel free to include any photos (max 2) taken with this combo. Don’t forget to share details of the photo such as film or lenses that you’ve used.

Please include the preferred social handle that you’d wish to be known for (flickr, instagram…etc.)

Share it to our EMAIL.

Reflx Lab 800
Reflx Lab 400D
Reflx Lab 500T (120)
Square hood for 28/35 Leica Lens

Photography Techniques and Skills

Are you new to this photography world? If you are about to your photography journey or finding the right place to take a step further in photography techniques. Check out my videos!

Looking for Cameras / Lenses or Gears?

If you have any questions related to film photography and you would like to source any cameras and gears, feel free to email me or SUBSCRIBE for free photography tips below. Follow me on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram for latest updates!

Support this Community

Recent Posts

Prev Blue Lotus Gallery Photo Exhibition HK: Yasuhiro Ogawa 小川康博 | Into The Silence
Next Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5 L39 and Prominent - Beyond the Swirly Bokeh

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.