M-A (Typ 127), Silver Chrome Finish

On the forefront of the analogue revolution... 

A shutter-speed dial, an aperture ring on the lens and the characteristic rangefinder for focusing: the Leica M-A (Typ 127) has everything a camera needs, and nothing else. This is a camera that takes us back to the basics. 

Many of its components were used in the very first M cameras ever created, exactly as they are today. No changes have been made to its mechanical way of working in the past 60 years and there won't be a reason to do so in the coming 60 years either. The Leica M-A is the puristic perfection of analogue photography and now symbolises a precision-engineered return to the essence of the art of photography.

In the box:
Carrying strap | Body cap | 1 roll of Tri-x 400 film

  • Compact, analogue viewfinder system camera
  • Uses standard 35mm film
  • Mechanically controlled focal-plane shutter 
  • With frame selector 
  • Purely mechanical camera: without light meter and aperture priority mode 
  • No batteries necessary 
  • Reduced design without Leica logo on the front 
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm
Camera 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 16-135 mm
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
Synchronization 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
Eyepiece 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
Magnification (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
Loading 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)
Rewind Manually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on the front of the camera
Material Enclosed all-metal body with hinged rear panel; chromed brass top & bottom cover
Tripod thread A 1/4  DIN 4503 (1/4”)

Rear panel /

Indicator for film sensitivity
Dimensions (Length x Depth x Height) 138 mm x 38 mm x 77 mm
Weight Approx. 578 g
Items supplied Housing bayonet cover, carrying strap