M5

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  • Production era - 1971-1975
  • Code nos. - 10001 10501-chrom - 10002 10502-black
  • Variants - 23,150 black; 10,270 silver; 2 lug (top image, early) and 3 lug (bottom image, later) versions
  • Special editions - Jubilee (1750 cameras)
  • Leica M5 features - 1st through-the-lens metering system in a rangefinder-type camera (TTL)
  • Built-in luminous frame finder with automatic reflected format framing for 35, 50, 90, and 135 mm focus. Selective exposure measurement can be used also with the 28 mm lens, but in this case a separate finder has to be attached to the camera.
  • Automatic parallax compensation.
  • Rangefinder base: 68.5 mm.
  • The follow-pointer exposure meter is coupled to film speed, shutter speed and stop.
  • Current source: Mallory PX 625 button cell with white colour ring.
  • Exposure meter range: 21 steps from '/,000 to 30 sec.
  • Film speed setting adjustable from 6 to 3200 ASA.
  • Shutter speed settings from Yz to '/,000 sec. are visible in the view-finder.
  • Automatic flash synchronization for flashbulbs up to '/500 sec.. and electronic flash to '/50 sec.
  • Separate standard flash sockets for flashbulbs and electronic flash. Additional centre contact in accessory shoe for attachable electronic flash unit or flash cube adapter automatically X-synchronized with the shutter.
  • Self-timer giving choice of 5 and 10 seconds delay.
  • Toggle rapid wind lever with safety lock for shutter wind and film transport.
  • Removable rapid loading spool for all standard commercial miniature films, cut and uncut.
  • Film rewind crank in base of camera body.
  • Exposure counter with automatic return to zero on opening camera back.
  • On back of camera: film type reminder disc and calculator for long time exposures.
  • Exposure measurement with preselection of either stop or shutter speed.
  • Lenses of other Leica M models can also be used on the M 5, with certain limitations relating especially to the 21 and 28 mm wide angle lenses. See "M5 Lens & Visoflex Compatibility" below.
  • Manuals & brochures

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Leica M5 Serial Numbers

SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
1287001 1287050** Leica M5 4 Feb 1971* 50
1287051** 1287250 Leica M5 Hell 1971 200
1287251 1288000 Leica M5 Schwz (+Hell) 1971 750
1288001 1289000 Leica M5 Hell 1971 1000
1289001 1291400 Leica M5 Schwz 1971-72 2400
1291401 1293000 Leica M5 Hell 1971-72 1600
1294001 1294500 Leica M5 Hell 1972 3500
1296501 1300000 Leica M5 Schwz (+Hell) 1972 3500
1345001 1347000 Leica M5 Hell 1972 2000
1347001 1354000 Leica M5 Schwz 1972 4000
1354001 1355000 Leica M5 Hell 1972 1000
1355001 1356500 Leica M5 Hell (+50+Schwz) 1973 1500
1356501 1360000 Leica M5 Schwz (+50) 1973 3500
1361501 1363000 Leica M5 Hell (+50) 1973-74 1500
1363001 1365000 Leica M5 Schwz 1973 2000
1375001 1378000 Leica M5 Schwz (+50) 1973-74 3000
1378001 1379000 Leica M5 Hell 1973-74 1000
1382601 1383000 Leica M5 Hell 1974-75 400
1383001 1384000 Leica M5 Schwz 1974-75 1000
1918001 1918020 Leica M5 Hell 1992 20
Total assigned serial numbers 1971-1992 33,420

. * Serial numbers and batch total from Gandy's List
** Serial numbers from Serial Numbers Leica Cameras with computed batch total.
Unmarked SN's match between both lists and Gandy's batch total was used without recalculation.
Schwz - Black anodized aluminum known as "black chrome"
Hell - Clear anodized aluminum known as "silver" or "chrome"