The Leica M is probably the hardest working camera that doesn't get used. It's so beautiful and feels so good in hand that it has become the paperweight of choice for a lot of camera buffs. But for those fearless few who actually have the nerve to use it, the fact is it really does deliver the goods. It does a lot LESS than most film cameras but it's a total joy to shoot with. And the view through the viewfinder will stun photographers used to the grainy, jumpy electronic viewfinders of so many digital cameras. But the MP is just one solid degree better than the old M6. Like the 6 its mechanical in all but the light meter but its overall fit-and-finish is superior to the 6, as are the materials. It is THE M camera - the quintessence of the M line. They just did everything right. And if you are ever attacked and need to kill someone, you have a ready weapon dangling from your neck. Add the Leicavit and a 90mm lens and you will be invincible. I'm not sure people who have shot nothing but digital for the past five years will be even prepared for its solidity and weight. My advice is to go for the standard silver model. The black paint is too delicate and the tarted up models that people can have custom made are silly and are the equivalent of buying a red tux. I have owned three Leica M6's, several R's and the Leica CL (which I still own) and the Leica MP is the best of the best. It's even better if you use it. But if all you want is to look at it and pretend to shoot with it, go for that, too. It's even worth just holding. It will make you throw your digital camera through a window. I'm sure the Leica M9 is state of the art, and the M7 does more, and more easily, but I like the all-mechanical quality of the MP. It's the perfect machine.Read full review
MP stand for Mechanical Perfection and it is. It is simply the best 35mm film camera on the market made by the company that started it all.