Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Body Only - Silver Chrome Finish

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica M-A, an analog, fully mechanical camera body that works without a battery.

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Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera Body Only

New analog addition to the Leica M family

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica M-A, an analog, fully mechanical camera body that works without a battery. Returning to the basic aspects of photography - focus, aperture and shutter speed, this analog camera stays true to the roots of photography. Unlike the analog Leica MP, the Leica M-A does not have a built in light meter.

BENEFITS & FEATURES OF THE LEICA M-A

  • Easy to use -photographer concentrates on focusing, aperture and shutter speed
  • Fully mechanical body without the need to use a battery
  • ISO dial to remember which ISO is being used
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm
  • Discrete black chrome finish or classical silver finish
  • Enclosed all-metal body with chromed brass top & bottom covers
  • Made in Germany

The Leica M-A is packaged with a carrying strap, 1 film Tri-x 400 and a body cap.

Product Features

Pure Mechanical Excellence

As a purely mechanical camera, the Leica M-A is a precision instrument that has been so dramatically reduced to the essentials that it opens up entirely new creative horizons for photographers. It may have no monitor, no exposure meter, and no battery, but what it does have is a mechanical quality that makes Leica’s 100 years of experience instantly tangible. Photographers can read the shutter speed and aperture directly from the camera and lens and so concentrate fully on their subject.  The acoustic signature of the shutter release of a Leica M-A is a delight that immediately reveals the precision-engineered excellence of its origin.

Pure Mechanical Excellence
Form and Function in a perfect Design

Form and function in a perfect design 

The exterior of the Leica M-A is as timeless as the precision engineering hidden inside. For instance, the Leica red dot has been deliberately omitted to emphasise the classic restraint of its design as an ultimate expression of understatement. Viewed from the side, the M-A is also noticeably slimmer than its digital counterparts.

Available in silver chrome and black chrome

The camera is available in two different finishes: the classic look of the silver chrome version continues the design tradition derived from 60 years of Leica M-Cameras. In the black chrome option, the M-A is reminiscent of the style of the M Monochrom and raises the bar in terms of unobtrusiveness and discretion. While an engraving on the top plate of the silver chrome M-A indicates its origins, only a closer look at its black-coloured counterpart reveals the Leica logo on its accessory shoe.

Available in Silver Chrome and Black Chrome
The Favourite film of the Analogue M

The favorite film of the analogue M: Kodak Tri-X 400

The M-System is not the only photographic legend celebrating its 60th birthday in 2014. Kodak Tri-X 400 film was also brought to life in 1954. With its exceptional sharpness, fine grain, and distinctive tonal gradation, extremely broad exposure latitude, and very good shadow detail, this black and white film soon became a firm favorite and a classic for art and reportage photography. And it’s also the perfect partner for the Leica M-A – which explains why Kodak Tri-X 400 film is included in the Leica M-A package.


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Specifications

Camera Leica M-A (Typ 127) compact range and viewfinder system camera with mechanically controlled shutter
Lens connection Leica M bayonet
Lens system Leica M lenses from 16-135 mm
Exposure control Manual shutter speed & aperture setting based on readings from external exposure meter or operator assessment
Flash unit connection

Using accessory shoe with center contact

Synchronization

With 1st shutter curtain
Flash sync speed 1/5  s; slower shutter speeds can be used
Flash exposure control Computer control of flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of required aperture
Viewfinder principle 'Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
Eyepiece Calibrated to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
Image field limiter

By activating two bright lines each: For 28 and 90 mm or for 35 and 135 mm, or for 50 and

75 mm; automatic activation when lens is fitted
Image field selector Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)
Parallax compensation Horizontal and vertical offset between viewfinder and lens axis is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting
Correlation between viewfinder & film images At the shortest possible distance setting for each focal length, the bright line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 x 35 mm. When set to infinity, depending on the focal length between 9% (28mm)  and 23% (135mm)  more is captured by the film than is shown in the corresponding bright line frame
Magnification (For all lenses) 0.72 x
Large basis range finder Split or superimposed image range finder shown as bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
Effective measurement basis '49.9 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.72 x)
Shutter

Rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement; extremely low-noise;

mechanically controlled
Shutter speeds From 1 s to 1/1  s in whole increments, B for long exposures of any duration, (1/5 s) for flash synchronization
Shutter release Standard thread for cable release integrated
Film winding  
Loading Manual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel
Winding forwards

Manually with quick wind lever or Leicavit M, motorized using Leica Motor-M, Leica

Winder-M, Leica Winder M4-P, or Leica Winder M4-2 (from serial no. 10350)
Rewind

Manually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on the front of the camera

Material

Enclosed all-metal body with hinged rear panel; chromed brass top & bottom cover

Tripod thread

A 1/4  DIN 4503 (1/4”)

Rear panel /

equipment

Indicator for film sensitivity

Dimensions

(Length x Depth x Height) 138 mm x 38 mm x 77 mm

Weight

Approx. 578 g

Items supplied

Housing bayonet cover, carrying strap

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