BYE BYE LEICA M7
WHilE lEiCA HAS stated on a number of occasions that it will always have a 35mm M series rangefinder camera in its model line, it has decided to finish production of the M7 after 16 years. Introduced in 2002, the M7 was controversial for being almost totally dependent on battery power – a first at the time – and for having an electronic shutter, aperture-priority auto exposure control and DX coding to enable automatic film speed setting. To keep the M purists happy, Leica created the back-to-basics MP in 2003 and this model remains available along with the even-more-spartan M-A which was introduced in 2014. Both these cameras are fully mechanical, but the M-A even goes without built-in exposure metering.
Sales of 35mm Leica M cameras have been dwindling as the digital line has evolved, especially after the introduction of the models with full-35mm format sensors (which commenced with the M9 in 2009).
A quick search online revealed that a few M7s remain in stock around Australia, including at digiDirect (priced at $6650 for the body only, either black or silver) and at Camera Electronics in Perth (priced at $5823 for the body only). Leica’s own store in Sydney has the M7 listed as on back order and priced at $6650 for the body only. Get ’em while they last. Visit https://leica-store.com.au