Leica has today used Photokina to unleash the M-A which completely dispenses with electronics in a move designed to mark 60 years of its famous M cameras.

Leica bosses say they want photographers to concentrate on ‘essential parameters’ of photography, such as focal length, aperture and shutter speed and composition.

‘As a purely mechanical rangefinder camera, the Leica M-A stands for a return to photography in its most original form,’ the firm said in a statement released at Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

Leica has even ditched the classic Leica red dot for the M-A, to emphasise the ‘classical simplicity’ of the camera’s design – pointing out that the M-A is ‘significantly slimmer’ than its digital rivals.

‘Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons,’ the firm claims.

Based on the specification of the Leica MP, the Leica M-A (Type 127) comes in a hand-built metal body, in a choice of silver-chrome and black-chrome finishes.

A box of Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film is included in the kit, which is due out next month priced £3,100.

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