Leica M1

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Leica M1
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 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