Replica of Leica camera from NASA Skylab missions could sell for $80,000 at auction

Leica MDa Nasa
(Image credit: Wetzlar Auction House)

A working replica of a Leica MDa Nasa used in the 1970’s Skylab missions has just gone up for sale at Wetzlar Camera Auction in Germany.

The camera used in the Skylab missions was a modified version of a standard Leica MDa. To make it easier to use by astronauts in spacesuits Leica increased the size of the shutter button, gave it a soft shutter, and made the wind/rewind lever and opening lever bigger. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.