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Megahouse Leica M3
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2023-12-30 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 2000 to 2002.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2716

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Chronology of cameras Megahouse 

In the early 2000s, Minox embarked on the production of 1/2.5 scale replicas of certain prestigious cameras from Leica and Rollei brands: Leica I F, Leica M3, Leica III F (standard et swedish army), Contax I, Rolleiflex 2.8 F, and Hasselblad SWC-C. The abundance of Leica models is due to Leica's acquisition of Minox's camera division in 1996. This line is known as the Minox Classic Collection. Initially, these miniatures used Minox film. The reduction factor was not applied uniformly across the entire camera, as certain components such as the viewfinder or film compartment would have been too small. The reproduction is faithful, featuring movable elements like the focus ring and lever, although they are non-functional. The lens is a Minoctar 5.6/15 mm. The aperture is fixed, as is the shutter speed (1/250). It is possible to connect a specific electronic flash.

These cameras are manufactured by Megahouse, a Japanese toy manufacturer. They are distributed under the Megahouse, Sharan, or Minox Classic Collection brands.

Yielding to the digital era, starting from 2002, the film was replaced by a CMOS digital sensor. The first version had a 1.3-megapixel sensor. Falling significantly below the contemporary standards in terms of sensor and ergonomics, it is quite evident that the target audience was not the digital camera user but the camera collector. The 4-megapixel version from late 2004 does not include a screen, and users must make do with the (tiny) viewfinder. The rear screen serves only as a frame counter. The 2006 version integrates a 5-megapixel sensor and finally includes a screen.

Apart from technical specifications, the manufacturing quality is high. The cameras are presented in a small metal case, while the early film versions were presented in a wooden box.

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The following information is taken from the twelfth edition of the Mc Keown guide.
 
In 2000, a subsidiary of the Japanese group Bandaï specializing in adult toys launched a series of miniature cameras using the Minox film, inspired by iconic cameras. These devices were distributed in Europe by Minox. Two years later, it is the fiasco, sales do not take off. One of the directors of the Megahouse brand decides to extend the concept under the brand Sharan, name previously associated with that of Megahouse. Success will not be more important.
Some time later, Minox will produce digital versions for its own account.
The model shown here is a Megahouse, made in 2000, as indicated on the sole. The Sharan logo is on the front.
The cocking lever actually advances the film and cocks the shutter. The view counter is disguised as a speed selector. The self-timer lever is inactive. The distance ring rotates but is useless, since the device is a fixfocus.
The viewfinder is simple.
 

Megahouse Leica M3





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