Leica’s dedication to Film Photography!



If this month wasn’t already filled with great new analogue goodies, the new Fuji Instax, a new B&W film from CineStill and now Leica pledging their love for film with the Leica M-A (Type 127), a new fully mechanical rangefinder, stripping it right back to the basics!

The Leica M-A is almost identical to the still available Leica MP but it doesn’t have exposure metering, batteries or any electronics at all. If that wasn’t enough ‘t each new M-A will come loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black-and-white film, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year at the same time the first M-series Camera came out .

The M-A has a classic-looking metal body and, as with most of Leica’s rangefinders, comes in black or silver chrome models. They’ve kept this model very simplistic even leaving out the distinctive Leica red dot on the camera, and the M-A looking slimmer than Leica’s digital counterparts. The only factors you have control over are focal length, shutter speed (via an on-camera dial) and aperture (from your lens). You can also use a level to change the framing lines to suit three different pairs of lenses: 28mm/90mm, 35/135mm, and 50/75mm.

The Leica M-A isn’t completely new: A stainless steel version of the Leica M-A was part of the Leica M Edition 100 introduced during the inauguration of the new Leica HQ in spring.

The Leica M-A will be available in black or silver chrome from authorised Leica dealers starting October 2014. The price in Germany is €3,850 , with international prices being announced later on in the year.



Technical data LEICA M-A (Type 127)

Camera typeLeica M-A (type 127) compact, 35 mm rangefinder system camera with a mechanically controlled shutter
Lens mountLeica M-Bayonet
Lens systemLeica M-Lenses,16–135 mm
Exposure controlManual setting of shutter speed and aperture with values from an external exposure meter or by estimation
Flash exposure control
Flash connectionHot shoe – accessory shoe with centre contact
SynchronisationOn first shutter curtain
Flash exposure controlComputer control by the flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of the required aperture value
Viewfinder principleLarge, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
EyepieceAdjusted to –0.5 dioptres; correction lenses available for –3 to +3 dioptres
Image field framingBy projection of pairs of bright-line frames for 28 and 90 mm, 35 and 135 mm, 50 and 75 mm lenses; automatic display of corresponding frames when lenses are locked into the bayonet mount
Frame selectorLever enabling alternative frame pairs to be displayed in the viewfinder without changing lenses (e.g. for framing comparisons)
Parallax compensationThe horizontal and vertical differences between the viewfinder and lens axes are automatically compensated for in relation to the focusing distance
Concordance of viewfinder and film imageThe bright-line frame size corresponds to an image size of approx. 23 × 35 mm at the minimum focusing distance for all focal lengths; focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, approx. 9% (28 mm) to 23% (135 mm) more will be captured on the film than is shown in the corresponding bright-line frame
Magnification0.72× (for all lenses)
Long-base rangefinderCoincident and superimposed image rangefinder, shown as a bright field at the centre of the viewfinder image
Effective rangefinder base49.9 mm (mechanical rangefinder base 69.25 mm × viewfinder magnification 0.72×)
Shutter and shutter release
ShutterHorizontal rubberised-cloth focal plane shutter; extremely low noise; mechanically controlled
Shutter speedsFrom 1 s to 1/1000 s in one-stop increments, B for exposure times of arbitrary length
Shutter releaseStandard internal thread for remote-release cables
Film loading, advance and rewinding
LoadingManual loading after removal of the base and opening the rear flap
Film advanceManually, with rapid wind lever or Leicavit M; motorised, with Leica Motor-M, Leica Winder-M, Leica Winder M4-P or Leica Winder M4-2 (from article number 10 350)
RewindingManual, pull-out rewind knob after disconnecting the advance mechanism with the R-lever on the front of the camera
Frame counterOn camera top plate; automatically reset when camera baseplate removed
Camera body
MaterialOne-piece full-metal body with rear flap; top deck and baseplate in brass with black or silver chrome finish
Tripod bushThread A 1/4, DIN 4503 (1/4?)
Rear flap/featuresReminder dial for film sensitivity
DimensionsApprox. 138 × 38 × 77 (length × depth × height, in mm)
WeightApprox. 578 g
Package includesBody cap and carrying strap


Information: Leica Forum