Leica M4

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Leica M4
Leica M4 with 35mm and gogles.jpg
Leica M4 with 50mm f/2 and proxiphotography glasses
Type 35 mm camera
Lens mount Leica M-mount
Focus manual
Exposure manual
Flash standard accessory shoe with separate bulb and electronic flash connectors
Dimensions 138 x 77 x 33.5 mm
Weight 545 g

The Leica M4 is a 35 mm camera by Leica Camera AG.

Leica M4[edit]

The M4 started production in November 1966, as the direct successor of the M3 and M2, featuring framelines for 35 mm, 50 mm, 90 mm and 135 mm lenses in a 0.72 magnification viewfinder. It has the frame counter of the M3, with automatic reset after reloading.

Three ergonomic modifications were introduced in the M4:

  • a different, angled film advance lever, as well as slightly different rewind, self-timer and frame selection levers
  • a crank for rewinding the film, that replaced the telescopic knob of the M3
  • a faster loading system that does not need a removable spool

Production of the Leica M4 ceased in 1975.

Leica MDa[edit]

A scientific version without a viewfinder was made as Leica MDa (similar to the Leica M1).

loading system of a Leica MDa

Leica M4-2, Leica M4-P[edit]

Production of the M4 stopped briefly in 1972. Its successor, the M5 had been introduced in 1971. However, the relatively bulky and expensive M5 met with a cool reception, and sales did not live up to Leica's expectations. Production of the M4 was therefore restarted quickly until 1975. In the year 1975, a spacial edition was made for Leica's 50th Anniversary, and in 1977 the company launched the updated M4-2, which was based on the M4's body, but with a streamlined production process that reduced manufacturing cost. The M4-2 added a hot shoe and motor drive compatibility as standard, but removed the self-timer.

The M4-2 was followed in 1981 by the M4-P, which added framelines for 28 mm and 75 mm lenses. The range continued with the Leica M6 in 1984, which was essentially an M4-P with through-the-lens (TTL) light metering. The M6 finally ceased production in 1998, although Leica released a special edition with a high-magnification finder in 1998.[1]

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