Leica M4-2

Características

Codigo - #10410
Producción -1977 - 1980 (#1468001 ? #1533350, una cromada, muy rara). 16.100 negras, 1000 Oskar Barnak
Variantes - Negra, Cromada (muy rara)
Ediciones Especiales - Centenario de Oskar Barnak (placada en oro y piel de serpiente, con objetivo a juego)
Tipo de Cámara: Cámara telemétrica de película 24x36
Objetivos: Bayoneta Leica M
Visor: visor directo telemétrico con corrección automatica de paralaje
Base del telémetro: 69.25
Ampliación del visor: 0.72X
Marcos: 35-90 50-135
Indicaciones del visor: lineas de marco, telémetro
Telémetro manual, mecánico, funciona por imagen desplazada y contraste
Medición de la Exposición: Ninguna, mediante exposímetro opcional Leicameter acoplado al control de velocidades de obturación
Exposición: manual selección manual de velocidad de obturación y diafragma
Sensibilidad el exposímetro en LV: ninguna
Sensibilidad de la película (ISO): dial de memoria de sensibilidad de película
Velodidades de obturación 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/50 (flash), 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, B
Obturador, control y tipo: mecánico, horizontal de tela

Flash: conector PC X y M, zapata de flash electrónico.
Sincronizacion de Flash: 1/50
Transporte de la película: mecánico, accionado manualmente con palanca de rebobinado, liberado por leva

Materiales -
Accessorios - Leicameter, Motor M4-2
Peso: 525 (700g?)

Dimensiones: 77 X 138 X 36 mm

Diseñadores - Heinrich Janke

Referencias

Leitz had sold the majority stake in the company to Wild-Heerbrugg in 1973/1974. It was evident that Wild-Heerbrugg had absolutely no interest in the photography division. The camera unit within Leitz was struggling with the disappointing sales of the Leica M5 and CL models and the strong competition in the SLR field, where the Leicaflex SL was defending the honor without great success. Wild-Heerbrugg did not release the required funds for new camera models and Leitz had to make two decisions: (1) abandon the production of the CRF cameras and (2) cooperate with Minolta in the SLR domain for the introduction of cameras that could be manufactured at less cost.

There still was a small group of supporters of the CRF camera construction and a restart was planned in Midland. Equipment, tooling and personnel were transferred from Wetzlar to Midland and in 1976 the Leica M4-2 was announced and produced in a smaller batch of 2100 units. There is at least one M4-2 with one higher serial number (# 1586351, a commemorative engraved ‘Everest’). Some 17000 have been allocated, but it is questionable whether this total amount has actually been manufactured.

The M4-2 shares all specifications with the M4, but lacked the self-timer. The film-type reminder device is rather unique with the possibility to use it with a pencil as a kind of notepad. The M4-2 has a hot shoe for X-synchronization where the M4 just offers a accessory shoe for the clip-on exposure meter or additional viewfinders. The weight is officially 525 grams, but the real weight is closer to 700 grams. .

The M4-2 underwent several changes in the inscriptions on the top cover (Leitz Wetzlar, Made in Canada or Leitz on the top and Canada at the back of the top cover). The M4-2, at least in the early period had minor problems that required some adjustments, but basically the camera is as good as an M4. The childhood illnesses at the start had to do with the fact that the workforce at Midland had to learn how to operate the tooling machines and the assembly of the camera. Once they had mastered the craft, the M4-2 has impeccable finish. Internally some cost-cutting is visible, simplifying parts in order to compensate for the important finish: heat-treating of surfaces and the selection of low-friction mating pairs. The fact that the M4-2 can be coupled to a motorized power winder may be one reason for this low-friction operation.

The M4-2 was framed as the silent, unobtrusive, compact camera designed for power winder use (the Leica winder M4-2) with high-speed lenses, among them the Canadian designed Noctilux 1/50 mm. The accuracy of the rangefinder mechanism for the preferred focal lengths of 35mm to 90mm was particularly emphasized and its niche position clearly demarcated. The all-black M4-2 with motor winder and Noctilux made an impressively beautiful impression, but the conspicuously visible red Leitz logo on the front was not applauded by the street and reportage photographers who often black-taped it. This cult of taping became a kind of hall-mark for serious Leica M photographers.

There is a gold model of the M4-2, allocated in 1993 (!) (1932001 - 1932002), but also many copies! In 1979 the special gilded edition with engraving Oskar Barnack 1879 ? 1979 was issued with 1000 units and special serial numbers.

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