This is the first, and only, Leica M-A on planet Earth with an integrated self timer. The timer mechanism and lever are original replacement parts for an M2, made in black chrome in the 1980’s – despite the M2 itself never being available in black chrome.
IMO, the M-A is the perfect camera simply because it is a fully mechanical rangefinder, completely devoid of electronics, manufactured today. A modern mechanical camera in the electronic/digital era. Built in the style of the M3, M2, M4 with that stripped down, knowledge based approach to photographing in mind. Simple. Tough. Old school. The fastest cameras in the world if you know what you’re doing.
I’ve owned this camera since early 2016 and I’ve shot just shy of 500 rolls of film with it. Perfect, perfect, perfect. It’s just… every once in a while I wished it had a self timer. And now it does. Thanks, Don!
The images above are just garbage-y iPhone snaps of the negatives on a light table. Proof of operation. Here are some photos of the camera’s transformation: