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
Leica M bayonet
Leica M lenses from 16-135mm focal length
Manual (shutter speed on body only; aperture on attached lens)
|External Flash Connection|
Hot shoe with center contact
With first curtain; up to 1/50 sec.
Focal plane; mechanical rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement
|Shutter Speed Range|
1 to 1/1000 sec. (in 1 EV increments), bulb
Bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax correction
Calibrated to -0.5 dpt (optional corrective lenses available)
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
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
Manual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel
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
5.4 x 1.5 x 3.0" / 138 x 38 x 77 mm
1.3 lb / 578 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
8.7 x 8.6 x 6.5"
Leica M-A (Typ 127) Reviews
Leica repurposing M6 bodies?
Leica MA - handmade, excellent craftsmanship? My brand new Leica MA had a round indentation on the leatherette that caught my eye. This indentation was exactly where normally a battery door would be on the Leica MP and M6 - on closer inspection, pressing on that area, there was some give. Leica had repurposed a body that has a battery hole/door, filled it in and did a poor job at that and covered the hole up with leather! This is an MA and it is not supposed to have holes on the body for batteries. We pay a lot of money for these cameras at least use a body that is true to the design of a camera that should not have battery compartments. EXTREMELY disappointed, what an insult.
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.
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 :(
the dream camera
if you like analog photography this is the best option, no light meter that distracts you from the subject, it's just you and your camera in the field, you don't have to worry about numbers on the screen or unnecessary batteries, the mechanism of this camera is totally beautiful and practical
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.
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