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The Leica M4 is a 35 mm rangefinder camera produced by Ernst Leitz GmbH.

Leica M4
Leica M4 with 35mm and gogles.jpg
Leica M4 with 50mm f/2 and proxiphotography glasses
Overview
Type35 mm camera
Lens
Lens mountLeica M-mount
Focusing
Focusmanual
Exposure/metering
Exposuremanual
Flash
FlashConnectors for bulb and electronic flash
General
Dimensions138 x 77 x 33.5 mm
Weight560 g

Leica M4Edit

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.

An olive coloured Leica M4, originally designed for the German Army, sold at auction in 2009 for €87,600.[1]

Leica MDaEdit

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-PEdit

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 special 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 M4 finally ceased production in 1998, although Leica released a special edition with a high-magnification finder in 1998.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Distinctive Leica M4 sets new auction record". British Journal of Photography. Incisive Media. 156 (7738): 8. 2009.
  2. ^ Cameraquest: Leica M Guide

External linksEdit

  Media related to Leica M4 at Wikimedia Commons