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


  • 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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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.
Package Weight 4.35 lbs
Package Dimensions 8.7 x 8.6 x 6.5 in

Calibrated to -0.5 dpt (optional corrective lenses available)


1.3 lb / 578 g

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

Tripod Mount


Lens Mount

Leica M bayonet

Box Dimensions (LxWxH)

8.7 x 8.6 x 6.5″

External Flash Connection

Hot shoe with center contact

Package Weight

4.35 lb


5.4 x 1.5 x 3.0″ / 138 x 38 x 77 mm



Film Format

35 mm

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


Bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax correction

Lens System

Leica M lenses from 16-135mm focal length

Film Loading

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

Exposure Control

Manual (shutter speed on body only; aperture on attached lens)

Shutter Type

Focal plane; mechanical rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement

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

Flash Synchronization

With first curtain; up to 1/50 sec.

Shutter Speed Range

1 to 1/1000 sec. (in 1 EV increments), bulb


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