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

Jun 10, 2022

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Jun 10, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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leica m-a titan

Leica has announced a new, limited edition version of its M-A camera. The Leica M-A “Titan” is the existing M-A dressed in new clothes, and like other Leica’s limited edition pieces – it’s pretty expensive. It will set you back nearly $20k, but there’s something different about it compared to the more recent limited-edition models.

Unlike the more recent limited-edition cameras from Leica, there’s something different about this one – it’s a film camera. Yup, Leica has re-introduced a film camera in 2022 and priced it at nearly $20k.

The Leica M-A already exists in the black and silver version. But the new “Titan” edition comes with a groundbreaking new feature: different looks. Okay, I’m being a bit sarcastic here, considering that the essential lens and camera components were made in solid titanium. It doesn’t only look different, but it’s much lighter than brass, as well as more durable. Still, other than this, there are no changes in terms of specs.

Speaking of specs, let’s take a look at them, along with some product photos. The camera does look beautiful, though:

CameraLeica M-A compact range and viewfinder system camera with mechanically controlled shutter
Lens ConnectionLeica M bayonet
Exposure ControlManual shutter speed & aperture setting based on readings from external exposure meter or operator assessment
Flash unit connectionUsing accessory shoe with center contact
SynchronizationWith 1st shutter curtain
Flash sync speed1/5  s; slower shutter speeds can be used
Flash exposure controlComputer control of flash unit or guide number calculation and manual setting of required aperture
Viewfinder principleLarge, bright line frame viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation
EyepieceCalibrated to -0.5 dpt. Corrective lenses from -3 to +3 diopter available
Image field limiterBy 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 selectorAllows the bright-line pairs to be manually activated at any time (e.g. to compare detail)
Parallax compensationHorizontal and vertical offset between viewfinder and lens axis is automatically compensated according to the relevant distance setting
Correlation between viewfinder & film imagesAt 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 finderSplit 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)
ShutterRubber blanket slotted shutter with horizontal movement; extremely low-noise; mechanically controlled
Shutter speedsFrom 1 s to 1/1  s in whole increments, B for long exposures of any duration, (1/5 s) for flash synchronization
Shutter releaseStandard thread for cable release integrated
Film windingManual film loading after opening the bottom cover and the rear panel
Loading
Winding forwardsManually 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)
RewindManually with pull-out rewind button, after moving the R lever on the front of the camera
Tripod threadA 1/4  DIN 4503 (1/4”)
Rear panel / equipmentIndicator for film sensitivity

leica m-a titan

The M-A “Titan” comes paired with the classic APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH. lens. As I mentioned, it’s a limited-edition camera, and there are only 250 pieces available worldwide. Because of this, it will cost you nearly $20k – $19,995, to be exact.

While I’m sure you pay the quality when buying a Leica, you also pay the name and, in this case, the limited number of sets. But if you think $20,000 is a bit too much for a film camera, you can still get the black or the silver version for $5,595.

[via Imaging Resource]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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