Another new(ish) camera… from Leica

M-A

We’ve featured recently a number of new large and ultra large format cameras and a new instant picture pinhole camera. It’s of interest to note that Leica has recently released a new fully mechanical  35 mm film camera. The renewed interest in film cameras and photography is very encouraging.

Anyone thinking that starting out in large format photography is expensive, it’s worth noting the new Leica MA is $5800 for the body only!  

It may have no monitor, no exposure meter, and no battery, but what it does have is a mechanical quality that makes Leica’s 100 years of experience instantly tangible. Photographers can read the shutter speed and aperture directly from the camera and lens and so concentrate fully on their subject. The acoustic signature of the shutter release of a Leica M-A is a delight that immediately reveals the precision-engineered excellence of its origin.

What do our readers think to this? Is this a serious camera or is it, as a few commenters on PetaPixel suggested, really for collectors? Would you buy something like this over a used M6 or M2?

More info at Leica and PetaPixel