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|Type||35 mm camera|
|Lens mount||Leica M-mount|
|Flash||standard accessory shoe with separate bulb and electronic flash connectors|
|Dimensions||138 x 77 x 33.5 mm|
The Leica M1 is a 35 mm camera by Leica Camera AG, introduced in 1959. The M1 has no rangefinder, but a parallax-corrected viewfinder with frames for 35 and 50mm permanently displayed. 9431 were made.
The M1 was the lowest cost and simplest Leica M body. As such, it was suitable either as a low-budget general purpose camera, or as an interface to other instruments, like the Visoflex, or scientific instruments (telescopes, microscopes, etc.). It was a variant of the concurrent Leica M3.
Several similar models were made in parallel with later iterations of the Leica M family:
- The Leica MD, a simplified M2
- The Leica MDa, a simplified M4
- The Leica MD-2, a simplified M4-2