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.
- 35mm Film Rangefinder
- Fully Mechanical Operation
- 0.72x Bright Line Viewfinder
- Selectable Image Field Frame Lines
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Overview
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 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
|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|
|Package Weight||4.35 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.7 x 8.6 x 6.5"|
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Reviews
Great when it works but awful quality control
I love shooting Leica. I have owned most film M's and the build quality and shooting experience are incredible. However, the lack of quality control by Leica is quite concerning. I have purchased two new Leica M-A's that were faulty out of the box. The first one was suffering from a counter that was stuck. The second one had a faulty focusing mechanism where focusing from .7m to 1m was not working. Of course, both were replaced immediately but for this price, one would think Leica makes sure their precious film bodies are quality checked before they hit the shelves.
Excellent camera. It has a super bright rangefinder and crisp controls in all aspects. If you’re looking for a finely tuned, hand made camera to last you a lifetime, then this is the camera for you.
the shutter release and film advance are perfect. viewfinder very clear and bright. love it. only three rolls of tri-x so far. no issues.
Anyone who is willing to pay the price for this camera expects nothing less than the best rangefinder. This camera feels incredibly well built. It's just beautiful. The film advance feels superb. However, when I finished my first roll, I noticed there was a grease mark (or a scratch) near the number 40 on the counter. Should I return the camera because of this? No. Does it affect the performance? No. Is it annoying? Yes! I know it's there and it drives me nuts just to think of it. I paid a lot expecting an immaculate camera. Leica left a hair in a very expensive soup and it just takes something away from the experience :(
THIRD M CAMERA
I have two m-6s; 72x and 85x viewfinders. I just dont have any feelings for digital. I shot professional video a few year ago, but gave it up and returned to the film roots of my youth. This is a great way to celebrate! ANALOG!
I own an M3 and M6. I recently bought the M-A. I love all three Leica cameras. The M-A is completely mechanical. It's essentially a modern M3. It's a beautiful camera that takes great photographs. Mine is black chrome. I love street photography. With a black lens, it's essentially stealth.
Yeah it's great
I'm enjoying my leica it is everything I need in a camera, I can not wait until my backordered Leica arrives. The sales staff at B&H are great I enjoy my experiences with the helpful and kind demeanor they exude.
What Cameras used to be
My first Leica was an M2, with a 50mm Summicron. This was 1962, and got me addicted to photography. After a lot of digital cameras, of so many types and varieties, I'm going back. Tri-X, scanned, we shall see Of course digital is easier, but like the simplicity and lack of choice of the taking.
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