Photokina Flashback - The Leica M-A Rangefinder 35mm Camera

Photokina 2014 might have been a digital wonderland, but Leica tested the analog movement then by announcing the M-A Rangefinder that uses 35mm film and operates without batteries. (At this year's Photokina they released an instant film camera.)

It's available in both black and silver. There's no internal meter, hence no power is required. (But I bet the film advance lever is really nice.)

The Leica M-A is compatible with M lenses from 16mm to 135mm. The viewfinder has automatic parallax compensation with paired frame lines of 28 and 90mm, 35 and 135mm, and 50 and 75mm. The correct frame lines will be activated when a lens is attached. They can be manually set too. Depending on the focal length, the actual image captured on film extends slightly outside the frame lines. 

According to B&H, the Leica M-A runs $4,195 without lens. There is a $750 trade-in program, however, that's available to the end of October 2016.

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