Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera (Black)

Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera (Black)

Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera (Black)

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  • 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
  • Made in Germany
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Color: Black

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Leica M-A (Typ 127) overview

  • 1Description

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 black-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.
UPC: 799429103705
In the Box
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera (Black)
  • Body Cap
  • Carrying Strap
  • Roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm Black & White Negative Film
  • Limited 1-Year Leica Society Digital Membership
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Leica M-A (Typ 127) specs

    Lens Mount Leica M bayonet
    Lens System Leica M lenses from 16-135mm focal length
    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
    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 for according to relevant distance setting

    At 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
    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
    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 8.6 x 6.5"

    Leica M-A (Typ 127) reviews

    M-A (Typ 127) Rangefinder Camera (Black) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate Control I started shooting in the beginning of the summer with a Leica M-D ( no LCD ) and found it incredible how much more I used visualization to frame shots. But my hands grew hungry for some kind of mechanical involvement other than turning the camera on or sliding in a memory card. So I switched to film and challenged myself to learn the sunny 16 rule for metering. Now I take quick shots because I've already metered, in my head, and pre-focused using the rangefinder. Simply put--this camera puts all these processes back into photographer's hands! Viva la Revolucin!
    Date published: 2016-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why didn't I buy this year's ago? The simplicity of this camera is such a relief. I no longer have worries of the software being outdated in five years. I have something that I can leave behind for my kids and know that it will work. The ease of use and back to basics don't even need to be mentioned, or maybe they do. I have no regrets about this purchase, but I did with the M240. I'm no longer a slave to technology.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplistically Elegant I am returning to film photography after a stint with some great digital cameras like Nikon D810, Sony A7R II, and Fujifilm X-Pro 2. As it stands now, I sold all those cameras and my Leica M-A is still with me and going strong. Don't get me wrong, all those digital cameras take great pictures, but I always feel like something is missing from the experience. Shooting the M-A is as much about the result as it is about your picture taking experience. In that sense, the Leica M-A is superb. It reduces photography to its bare essentials, and by doing so, photography feels like an intimate conversation with one's own creativity or vision. If I could read this very review just a year ago, I would probably laugh at myself! Now, it's all too late for me. Save yourself and look elsewhere if you can. If not, you might embark on a lifelong love affair with Leica.
    Date published: 2016-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So glad they make it I do not own an M-A, but had the use of one during a Leica Akademie film workshop and am now saving my pennies. The M-A takes the best of all previous meter less Leica M cameras and combines it all in one, brand-new body. There are some who may prefer the crank film rewind from the M4, M6 and M7 or wish for the return of the self-timer, but those are minor niggles. The M-A brings back the level of build quality that we had in the M3 through M5, but in a simpler form. My regular film camera is a Leica M5 and I will admit that I like having a meter, but there is something about brand-new, and the M-A really does look and feel just a smidge better than metered MP. I think its the metal instead of plastic disc at the back for ISO, which on the M-A is just a reminder unlike the actual (plastic) control on the MP. Simply put, there is nothing better on the market today.
    Date published: 2016-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera. I Love my Leica. I love my Leica MA. It is nicely made. The photographs are excellent. It is worth the cost. It will last forever. A beautiful machine. I am very happy with my purchase. Thank you. MCOD.
    Date published: 2015-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica M-A is the new face of film M Leica franchise Why Leica M-A when we have the M3, M2, M6, MP... It is more a philosophical discussion and less a technical one. I am sure there is no possible technical way you can justify creating a new Leica M unless you would dilute the lineage by introducing frivolous digital-type technology. For the film Leica M purist Leica M-A is a completely new camera that is fully mechanical and does not have a meter and needs no batteries - hence it is closer to the M3/M2 in lineage. In my opinion even though it is not different than an MP, if you have, like me, shot used Leicas in the past, this gives you an opportunity to shoot with a brand new M body. Every thing is buttery smooth and it feels like a new M camera - which is an experience probably my dad had when he got his Leica M 35 years back and I never had. That may not mean much in terms of imaging quality as I am sure you can get same images from any of the Leica M bodies with good glass. But considering the big picture it shows that Leica is committed to the film fraternity and is investing in this space. I have the Leica M2, M3 and an M6 and I still got the M-A because it just felt like a modern take on every possible good thing from past Leicas (Like the deviation from the plastic ISO dial at the back to a metal one - small detail but makes the camera look and feel so much better). If we read regular blogger reviews that delve in the technical mumbo jumbo of camera bodies, surely you will come away feeling underwhelmed. I love the pull-up grater style film rewind and some people just hate it. So most of your decision will be based on what you feel the M-A is worth. Technically it is not a better camera than MP or an M3 or even and M2. The Leica M-A has that Je Ne Sais Quoi as the french say - something pleasant but hard to describe. I would recommend going to a Leica store and holding this beauty in your hands - It looks and feels much better in person.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Leica M money can buy! I did not buy this camera through B&H but will do a review here. With the release of this fully mechanical film camera in an age where everything is digital I cannot else but say that Leica totally get it. Leica understands that real photographers don't need a lot to take good pictures, basically an understanding of light and exposure an aperture, shutter and some light sensitive material aka 35 mm film. How else did all the masters of the 1930's through to the 1960's take their pictures? They did not have any of the bells and whistles that modern digital cameras have. Simplicity sparks creativity. Less is more. Few companies seem to understand that concept anymore. Don't be fooled by thinking that a digital M is the same as fully mechanical M, they are not. They may look the same but in terms of quality, feel and responsiveness, the digital M's don't even come close to this Leica M-A or the 2003 Leica MP for that matter. The digital M's are basically expensive computers with a piece of glass destined to be outdated in 5 - 10 years from now, as overall digital technology will improve. Despite the high quality materials that Leica uses, they still are digital cameras or commodity electronics. Who would buy a 10MP digital Leica M8 from 2006 today and for how long will it continue to work without problems ? For the Leica M-A, there is nothing to improve. It's fully mechanical. Nothing to upgrade. No screens, no megapixels, no firmware. It produces negatives that cannot get corrupted on faulty hard drives. It uses zone focusing on the lens and allows you to focus faster than the fastest DSLR available. You can make traditional darkroom prints but also digital inkjet prints if you want to. It will not be obsolete in 10 years from now as, contrary to what they want you to believe, film is not dead. Not at all. It will never be dead either. The joy of holding and using this camera is something you have to experience. If you have the funds, go out and buy it. It will be the best and most pleasurable camera you have ever owned. It rises far above ANY digital camera ever released. It's just about the image and the fun of taking pictures. All else is secondary. Thanks to Leica for understanding this!
    Date published: 2015-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You only need to buy this camera once! Just shot the roll of Tri X supplied with the camera and looking forward to seeing results. The camera is everything it claims to be; beautifully built and inspiring to use. I still use my Leica MD and love that too. I found myself spending time reviewing shots rather than thinking about the next one. Both these cameras slow you down which is a good thing.
    Date published: 2017-09-14
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