Leica M-A (Typ 127), Silver Chrome Finish

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Leica M-A (Typ 127) Silver

Pure Mechanical Excellence As a purely mechanical camera, the Leica M-A is a precision instrument that has been so dramatically reduced to the essentials that it opens up entirely new creative horizons for photographers. It may have no monitor, no exposure meter, and no battery, but what it does have is a mechanical quality that makes Leica’s 100 years of experience instantly tangible. Photographers can read the shutter speed and aperture directly from the camera and lens and so concentrate fully on their subject. The acoustic signature of the shutter release of a Leica M-A is a delight that immediately reveals the precision-engineered excellence of its origin.


Form and function in a perfect design

The exterior of the Leica M-A is as timeless as the precision engineering hidden inside. For instance, the Leica red dot has been deliberately omitted to emphasize the classic restraint of its design as an ultimate expression of understatement. Viewed from the side, the M-A is also noticeably slimmer than its digital counterparts.


The favorite film of the analogue M: Kodak Tri-X 400

The M-System is not the only photographic legend celebrating its 60th birthday in 2014. Kodak Tri-X 400 film was also brought to life in 1954. With its exceptional sharpness, fine grain, and distinctive tonal gradation, extremely broad exposure latitude, and very good shadow detail, this black and white film soon became a firm favorite and a classic for art and reportage photography. And it’s also the perfect partner for the Leica M-A – which explains why Kodak Tri-X 400 film is included in the Leica M-A package.


The essentials:

  • Easy to use -photographer concentrates on focusing, aperture and shutter speed
  • Fully mechanical body without the need to use a battery
  • ISO dial to remember which ISO is being used
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm
  • Discrete black chrome finish or classical silver finish
  • Enclosed all-metal body with chromed brass top & bottom covers
  • Made in Germany



Leica M-A (Typ 127) compact range and viewfinder system camera with mechanically controlled shutter

Lens Connection
Leica M bayonet

Lens System
Leica M lenses from 16-135mm

Exposure Control
Manual shutter speed & aperture setting based on readings from external exposure meter or operator assessment

Flash unit connection
Using accessory shoe with center contact

With 1st shutter curtain

Flash sync speed
1/5 s; slower shutter speeds can be used

Flash exposure control
Computer control of flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of required aperture

Viewfinder principle
Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation

Calibrated to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available

Image field limiter
By activating two bright lines each: For 28 and 90 mm or for 35 and 135 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm; automatic activation when lens is fitted

Image field selector
Allows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)

Parallax compensation
Horizontal and vertical offset between viewfinder and lens axis is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting

Correlation between viewfinder & film images
At the shortest possible distance setting for each focal length, the bright line frame size corresponds to an image size 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

(For all lenses) 0.72 x

Large basis range finder
Split or superimposed image range finder shown as bright field in the center of the viewfinder image

Effective measurement basis
'49.9 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification 0.72 x)

Rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement; extremely low-noise; mechanically controlled

Shutter speeds
From 1 s to 1/1 s in whole increments, B for long exposures of any duration, (1/5 s) for flash synchronization

Shutter release
Standard thread for cable release integrated

Film winding

Manual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel

Winding forwards
Manually with quick wind lever or Leicavit M, motorized using Leica Motor-M, Leica Winder-M, Leica Winder M4-P, or Leica Winder M4-2 (from serial no. 10350)

Manually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on the front of the camera

Enclosed all-metal body with hinged rear panel; chromed brass top & bottom cover

Tripod thread
A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4”)

Rear panel / equipment
Indicator for film sensitivity

(Length x Depth x Height) 138 mm x 38 mm x 77 mm

Approx. 578 g

Items supplied
Housing bayonet cover, carrying strap

What's Included


Camera housing, Carrying strap, Housing bayonet cover, Cover for accessory shoe.

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a five-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging which are valid for two years. 

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