Classics are works that are immune to the passing whims of the present. They are never rewritten, but re-interpreted on the basis of a changed world. The analog LEICA M7 is such a classic. Silver halide photography with a Leica M has a special appeal: the understandable process of exposing the film and the chemical processing of the same piece of material create an emotional relationship with the subject and the camera. The concentration when taking the photograph, the keen anticipation of the literally tangible images and the excellent results are all arguments in favor of analog Leica M cameras.
As an alternative to the familiar manual method of exposure adjustment - which, of course, can still be used - the LEICA M7 offers a convenient, continuously variable, aperture priority mode with an exposure lock via the shutter release. This allows you to focus easily, compose quickly and thus devote your full attention to taking the photograph.
With its range of intelligent features, the M7 gives you many options for picture composition. TTL flash exposure measurement takes the risk out of flash photography. Creative latitude is offered by synchronization times down to 1/1000 s and flash synchronization at the second shutter curtain. Viewfinder displays facilitate photography with long exposure times.
Ergonomically located right next to the shutter release button, the ON/OFF button activates the electronics of the LEICA M7 and also disables the shutter release when the camera is switched off. There is now a choice of either manual or automatic film speed setting (DX coding), eliminating the risk of annoying exposure errors due to wrong ISO settings. The stepless aperture priority mode ensures reliable and precise exposure. And a system that is unique for rangefinder cameras gives a clearly legible display of all the information in the viewfinder of the LEICA M7 - even in critical side light.
|Type||35mm Interchangeable-lens rangefinder camera|
|Lens Mount||Leica M bayonet|
|Focus Modes||Manual only|
|Exposure Modes||Manual & Aperture-priority|
|Exposure Metering||TTL (through-the-lens) selective center-weighted|
|Metering Range||EV -2 to EV +20 with f/1.0 lens at ISO 100|
|ISO Range||6-6400 (DX coding with ISO from 25-5000)|
|Shutter Speed||1/1000th sec - 1 Sec + Bulb|
Hot shoe - X-sync at up to 1/50th sec with TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering capability
Speeds of up to 1/1000th/second are available when used with an appropriate Metz flash unit with a SCA 3502 adapter.
|Film Transport||Manual with lever|
|Viewfinder||0.72x magnification (meaning that what you see in the viewfinder appears to be 72% of life size). Brightline frames for 28, 35, 50, 75, 90, and 135mm lenses automatically engage with attachment of the lens. Optional viewfinders for 21 and 24mm lenses mount in the flash shoe.|
|Diopter Correction||Available optionally from -3 to +3|
|Remote Control||Possible with optional standard mechanical cable release.|
|Power Source||Two 3V 2L76 (DL 1/3N) lithium batteries|
|Dimensions||5.4 x 3.1 x 1.5" (138.0 x 79.5 x 38mm) WxHxD|
|Weight||1.23 lbs (610g)|