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Leica M-A (Typ 127)
Pure Mechanical Excellence

Overview

 

Focusing on the founding principles of photography, the Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a 35mm film rangefinder camera characterized by its simplicity and unobtrusiveness. As a completely mechanical camera, no battery is required for operation and the only exposure control offered is a choice of shutter speed, up to 1/1000 sec.

A large, bright 0.72x-magnification viewfinder pairs with a precise rangefinder mechanism to enable comparative manual focusing control with M-mount lenses, along with parallax-corrected compositional framing. The body features silver-colored chromed brass top and bottom covers, as well as an all-metal body design, to offer both durability as well as an aesthetic, minimal appearance. Designed for intuitiveness and efficient operability, the precision afforded by the M-A serves to complement a straight-forward working method.

 

Classic 35mm film rangefinder features a large, bright 0.72x-magnification viewfinder.

Completely mechanical operation requires no battery and permits working with just the basic aspects of photography: shutter speed, aperture, and film speed.

A rear ISO dial can be used to indicate the speed of film in use.

The top shutter speed dial permits selection of speeds from 1/1000 sec. to 1 sec., with a bulb setting also available for long exposures. Flash sync is available at all speeds up to 1/50 sec.

The hot shoe incorporates a center contact for compatibility with a wide array of flashes.

Compatible with all M-mount lenses ranging in focal lengths from 16mm to 135mm.

Image field frame lines are automatically activated with each mounted lens, and offer an accurate, parallax-corrected reference for image composition. Alternatively, image field lines can be selected to pre-visualize the composition of other focal length lenses.

 

Details

 

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.

 

Specs


Imaging
Lens Mount Leica M bayonet
Lens System Leica M lenses from 16-135mm focal length
Camera
Type Mechanical rangefinder
Film Format 35 mm
Exposure Control Manual (shutter speed on body only; aperture on attached lens)
External Flash Connection Hot shoe with center contact
Flash Synchronization With first curtain; up to 1/50 sec.
Shutter Type Focal plane; mechanical rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement
Shutter Speed Range 1 to 1/1000 sec. (in 1 EV increments), bulb
Viewfinder
Type Bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax correction
Eyepiece

Calibrated to -0.5 dpt (optional corrective lenses available)

Magnification 0.72x
Rangefinder Basis 49.9 mm (mechanical measurement basis of 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.72x)
Split or superimposed image rangefinder shown as bright field in the center of the viewfinder image
Physical
Film Loading Manual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel
Film Wind Forward: Manual winding with quick wind lever (compatible with optional motorized winders)
Rewind: Manually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on front of camera
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Dimensions 5.4 x 1.5 x 3.0" / 138 x 38 x 77 mm
Weight 1.3 lb / 578 g
Shipping Info
Shipping Weight 4.2 lb
Box Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.7 x 6.6 x 8.8
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Burst Rate Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 30 frames
Flash
Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
Second-curtain Sync
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps
Self Timer 12 seconds, 2 seconds
Connectivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power
Battery 1x BP-SCL2 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1800 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 1.7 x 3.1" / 138.6 x 42.0 x 80.0 mm
Weight 1.50 lb / 680 g with battery
Shipping Info
Shipping Weight 4.8 lb
Box Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.7 x 6.6 x 8.8

 

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