January 28, 2023

Leica announces a $20,000 35mm film camera… Yes, it’s 2022

Unlike the more recent limited-edition video cameras from Leica, theres something various about this one– its a film camera. Yup, Leica has re-introduced a film electronic camera in 2022 and priced it at almost $20k.

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

The Leica M-A currently exists in the black and silver version. Okay, Im being a bit ironical here, thinking about that the vital lens and camera components were made in strong titanium.

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

Leica has actually announced a brand-new, restricted edition version of its M-A cam. The Leica M-A “Titan” is the existing M-A worn new clothes, and like other Leicas limited edition pieces– its quite expensive. It will set you back nearly $20k, however theres something various about it compared to the more current limited-edition models.

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

Mentioning specs, lets have a look at them, together with some product images. The camera does look gorgeous, though:

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

Tripod thread.
A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4″).

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

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

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

Efficient measurement basis.
49.9 mm (mechanical measurement basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder zoom 0.72 x).

Leica Announces A $20,000 35mm Film Camera… Yes, It’s 2022

While Im sure you pay the quality when buying a Leica, you also pay the name and, in this case, the restricted number of sets. If you believe $20,000 is a bit too much for a movie cam, you can still get the black or the silver version for $5,595.

Image field selector
Permits the bright-line sets to be by hand triggered at any time (e.g. to compare detail).

Shutter release.
Requirement thread for cable television release integrated.

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

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

Flash system connection
Using accessory shoe with center contact

Electronic camera
Leica M-A compact range and viewfinder system video camera with mechanically controlled shutter

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

Winding forwards.
By hand with fast 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).

Shutter.
Rubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal motion; exceptionally low-noise; mechanically managed.

Synchronization
With 1st shutter curtain

Flash direct exposure control
Computer control of flash unit or guide number computation and manual setting of needed aperture

The M-A “Titan” comes matched with the traditional APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH. lens. As I discussed, its a limited-edition electronic camera, and there are only 250 pieces readily available worldwide. Due to the fact that of this, it will cost you almost $20k– $19,995, to be specific.

Viewfinder principle
Large, bright line frame viewfinder with automated parallax payment

Lens Connection
Leica M bayonet

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

Parallax compensation.
Horizontal and vertical balanced out between viewfinder and lens axis is automatically compensated according to the pertinent distance setting.

Connection in between viewfinder & & film images.
At the fastest possible range setting for each focal length, the brilliant line frame size represents an image size of approx. 23 x 35 mm. When set to infinity, depending upon the focal length between 9% (28mm) and 23% (135mm) more is caught by the film than is displayed in the matching bright line frame.

Large basis variety finder.
Split or superimposed image variety finder revealed as brilliant field in the center of the viewfinder image.

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

Packing.

Film winding.
Manual film filling after opening the rear panel and the bottom cover.

Rear panel/ equipment.
Indicator for film level of sensitivity.

Zoom.
( For all lenses) 0.72 x.

[via Imaging Resource]

Leica has actually revealed a new, restricted edition version of its M-A camera. The Leica M-A “Titan” is the existing M-A dressed in new clothes, and like other Leicas restricted edition pieces– its quite pricey. The Leica M-An already exists in the black and silver version. Okay, Im being a bit ironical here, thinking about that the vital lens and camera elements were made in solid titanium. As I pointed out, its a limited-edition electronic camera, and there are just 250 pieces offered worldwide.