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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.
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.
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.
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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|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||
|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 and75 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)|
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|
|Loading||Manual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel|
Manually with quick wind lever or Leicavit M, motorized using Leica Motor-M, LeicaWinder-M, Leica Winder M4-P, or Leica Winder M4-2 (from serial no. 10350)
Manually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on the front of the camera
Enclosed all-metal body with hinged rear panel; chromed brass top & bottom cover
A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4”)
Rear panel /equipment
Indicator for film sensitivity
(Length x Depth x Height) 138 mm x 38 mm x 77 mm
Approx. 578 g
Housing bayonet cover, carrying strap