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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

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