As a completely mechanical rangefinder camera, the new Leica M-A (Typ 127) has no monitor, exposure metering or batteries. All aspects of photography are user controlled, making the photography return to the most original form. So Leica M-A users can focus on
capturing the decisive moment, focal length, aperture and shutter speed. That’s really amazing!!!
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Price and Release Date
The Leica M-A will be available in October for $4750 and it is available in both Black or Silver. Each camera ships with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. You can pre-order it right now at B&H Photo.
Leica M-A (Typ 127) 35mm Rangefinder Camera Announced at Photokina 2014
Leica M-A Key Specs
- 35mm Film Rangefinder
- Fully Mechanical Operation
- 0.72x Bright Line Viewfinder
- Selectable Image Field Frame Lines
- Focal Plane Shutter: Up to 1/1000 Sec.
- Flash Sync at 1/50 Sec.
- Compatible with 16-135mm M-Mount Lenses
- Rear ISO Reminder Dial
- Chromed Brass Top and Bottom Covers
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Specs:
|Lens Mount||Leica M bayonet|
|Lens System||Leica M lenses from 16-135mm focal length|
|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|
|Type||Bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax correction|
|Eyepiece||Calibrated to -0.5 dpt (optional corrective lenses available)|
|Parallax Correction||Horizontal and vertical offset between viewfinder and lens axis automatically compensated foraccording to relevant distance settingAt the shortest possible distance for each focal length, the bright line frame size corresponds|
to an image 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
|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|
|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|
|Dimensions||5.4 x 1.5 x 3.0″ / 138 x 38 x 77 mm|
|Weight||1.3 lb / 578 g|
Read more at Leica official site:
As a purely mechanical rangefinder camera, the Leica M-A stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment.
From its shutter-speed dial and the aperture ring on the lens to the characteristic rangefinder focusing principle – the technical specifications of the Leica M-A are essentially based on the currently available analogue Leica MP. All of its precision-engineered components and functions are designed and constructed for absolute robustness and a long working life, and are housed in a painstakingly hand-built metal body. This ensures that the Leica M-A, as a product with particularly enduring value, brushes aside every challenge with absolute dependability.