At last, you can own a Leica! This M3 is just $89 (but it's made of wood)

At last, you can own a Leica! This M3 is just $89 (but it's made of wood)
(Image credit: Leica Rumors)

Every photographer's dream, at one point or another, is to own a Leica – but the luxury cameras carry a luxury price (and often without luxury specs), making this a difficult dream to realize for most of us. 

Now, however, you can make that dream come true with the most affordable Leica ever! This Leica M3 is only $89 – but the catch is, it's made of wood.

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Still, plenty of people buy cameras just to use as an ornament – and this curio would look very proud sat on your shelf, sat your desk, or even set on fire if you've always wanted to burn a Leica for some reason. 

The folks at Leica Rumors are offering this wooden Leica M3 – modeled after the iconic rangefinder that everyone lusts after – for $89 including international shipping. Only a limited number are available, as this is a test production run, so you should probably click quickly if you're interested.

The wooden camera (with affixed wooden lens) possesses just about the same dimensions as a real Leica M3, measuring 14.6 x 7.6 x 8.3 cm / 5.7 x 3 x 3.3 inches, and it weighs 170g / 6 oz. 

It's extraordinarily detailed, faithfully recreating all the dials, levers, the shoe, film winder, and even the film hatch on the bottom plate. It's quite remarkable, actually, and is clearly a labor of love of a dedicated Leicaphile that's sure to be appreciated by anyone who loves the M3. 

There's no shortage of stuff to spend your cash on right now, with all the Prime Day camera deals currently vying via your attention on Amazon Prime Day, but if you want something cool that's guaranteed to keep you smiling, you might have found the best deal of all. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.