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Leica M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver)

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Leica M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Classic 35mm Rangefinder
  • Fast, Easy Manual Focus System
  • Easily Handheld at Slow Speeds
  • Extremely Bright Viewfinder
  • Extreme Low Light Focus Accuracy
  • Extremely Reliable
  • Quiet Operation
  • TTL Flash Capacity
  • Uses Compact M-Mount Lenses
  • Made in Germany
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Color: Silver

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Born after 17 years of design, the Leica M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera is a fantastic hybrid of classic Leica values with modern electronic advantages which results in a camera that's faster than ever yet still endowed with the 'soul' of a Leica. There's a certain feel to the mechanical operation of a Leica M's functions that's oddly satisfying in an emotional context, and this is the hallmark of the Leica brand. That feel has not changed, but instead been infused with aperture-priority autoexposure, an informative viewfinder, and high-speed TTL flash synchronization. The Leica M7 is as whisper-quiet, reliable, and easily focused as any Leica M camera, but now has the speed and control that only the modern accompaniments can give.

The M7's classic dimensions are identical to the M3 first introduced in 1954-a real testament to the brilliance of the design. This is a camera that's incredibly reliable and as quiet as they come, with a broad selection of available lenses in both the new and used markets. The M7 TTL, when used with Lecia-specific Metz flashes, can sync at up to 1/1000th second with TTL flash exposure control-a real improvement over prior models. The viewfinder, such an important part of the M experience, retains its classic brightness and framing lines but now unobtrusively adds information upon your shutter speed, the film speed, the exposure mode, and the flash readiness. The M7 now automatically recognizes the film speed, and provides aperture-priority autoexposure. It only needs two tiny button batteries which last a long time, but also has 1/60th and 1/125th manual shutter speeds if needed.

Broad Lens Availability
A large assortment of high-performance lenses is available, ranging from 21-135mm and with speeds as fast as f/1.0.
Solid Dependability
Extremely reliable performance, even under adverse conditions.
Quiet & Discreet
The electronically-controlled, rubberized cloth shutter is still remarkably quiet, yet as accurate as a modern vertical-travel metal shutter.
Fast & Flexible Flash Capability
Flash speeds of up to 1/1000th/second - with dedicated Metz flash units - give the Leica shooter the option of daylight fill-flash with large background-blurring apertures.
Classic Viewfinder with Electronic Upgrades
The improved viewfinder still displays classic framelines and manual metering, yet unobtrusively provides information on shutter speeds, film-speed setting, exposure mode & flash readiness along the bottom.
Adjustable-Brightness Viewfinder
Viewfinder information brightness is automatically adjusted to match ambient light conditions.
Auto Film Recognition
Recognizes DX film coding.
All-Mechanical Operation Option
Two all-mechanical shutter speeds of 1/60th & 1/125th/second are available, for batteryless performance.
Broad Range of Shutter Speeds
Stepless shutter speeds range from 1/1000th/second - 32 seconds in aperture-priority autoexposure mode, for quick adjustments with total control for the photographer.
Classic Styling
The M7 retains the classic Leica M proportions shared by the M3, M4 & M6 series cameras.
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 centerweighted
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/second - 1 Second + Bulb
PC Terminal Yes
Flash Mounting 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 lifesize). 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.
Viewfinder Info LED symbols for Flash status, Exposure mode, Film speed, Shutter speed, Lighting exceeding metering range & Classic > / 0 / < manual metering
Diopter Correction Available optionally from -3 to +3
Self Timer No
Remote Control Possible with optional standard mechanical cable release.
Multiple Exposure No
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)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 7.8 x 5.3"
Leica M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver)
  • Neck Strap
  • Body Cap
  • 2 x DL1/3N 3V Lithium Battery
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • 3-Year Passport Warranty
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    LeicaM7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    • Photojournalism (4)
    • Travel (4)
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    5.0

    Close to perfect...

    By Dave G

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Reliable
    • Solid

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver):

      Everyone knows Leica cameras are handmade, in Germany, and built like a tank. The M7 is a joy to hold and use and it can easily last a lifetime (as long as 35mm film is available). The M7 offers TTL metering, which works well, but I will say that the red LEDs can be difficult to read in bright conditions. You may not see the indicator dots or the shutter speed flashing at you if you are overexposed in Aperture Priority mode. Just keep your environment in mind and you'll be fine.

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      5.0

      nice cam

      By renato marciano

      from são paulo, brazil

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast Film Loading
      • Fingertip Controls
      • Reliable Operation
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Action Shots
        • Home
        • Office
        • Photojournalism
        • Sports Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black):

        the best analog camera of leica

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's a Leica!

        By Leicaddict

        from san francisco, CA

        About Me Photography Student

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent
        • Reliable Tonal Range
        • Reproduces Well
        • Scans Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Action Shots
          • Artwork
          • Home
          • Office
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver):

          Who wouldn't like it!? Seriously you just need to hold it once in your hand and you become addict of Leica... It's one of those that you buy once and never need another camera again, unless you want the digital Leica too ~~ that maybe bank-breaker... but it would be worth it!

          And after a while, like myself, I want more LOL which is more than just breaking your bank acc but ... hey if you see the work these machine can produce and you like the small light weight of 35mm camera... you won't say no!

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          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best menu system is no menu system

          By Rod

          from San Clemente, CA

          About Me Professional Guide

          Pros

          • Build Quality
          • Ergonomics
          • Lenses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fine Art
            • Street Photography

            Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black):

            I can't imagine investing this much in a digital camera that will be obsolete in three years. All of the greatest images you've ever seen in history (until recently) have been done with film. The Leica M7 is undoubtedly one of the finest 35mm film cameras ever made. I didn't buy mine as a collectors item. I shoot it regularly and the results are stunning. The rangefinder is so gorgeous to look through, and the actual process of making an image is so much more immersive and satisfying than a DSLR.
            Having the Aperture Priority mode makes this camera extremely quick and usable compared to the previous generation M6. It's really a camera you can work with discreetly, professionally, and quickly. It's a wonderful experience to own and shoot this beautiful camera. Don't miss it!

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            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Sergethesailor

            from Belgium, Brussel

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Silver):

              Easy to use, great technical quality, the Rolls Roys of the argentique cameras.

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              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Camera and Terrific Optics

              By Steve

              from Florida

              About Me Avid Adventurer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black):

                    I have used Leica rangefinders since the mid-1990's (M6, M6TTL and MP). The reasons that pushed me into rangefinders in the first place was the mechanical nature of the camera, and the superior optics. I've since learned to appreciate the near instantaneous shutter and lack of mirror vibration. About 6 months ago I price up a demo M7 at a great price. I've shot about 50 rolls of slide film and have not had any problems. The AE is convenient, the exposures have been good, and the camera is quick and easy to use.

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                    (13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Like no other

                    By Rob

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Professional

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Quiet Operation
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photojournalism

                      Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black):

                      I have had my M7 for 1/2 year and have had no problems with it. It's been running very smoothly. My only recommendation is to stock up on batteries - they run out faster than on any of my other cameras.

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                      (87 of 101 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      M7 "Lemon" and Lousy Leica Customer Service

                      By Michael Seaman

                      from San Francisco, CA 94107

                      Comments about M7 TTL .72 Rangefinder Camera (Black):

                      I purchased my M7 from B&H Photo in NYC on 12/27/2006 and used it about two weeks when I noticed lint inside the back eyepiece and in the front viewfinder. I contacted Leica US Repair and sent it to them on 1/22/07. On 2/7/07 I received my camera back but there was now a very noticeable speck or particle inside the eyepiece -- one that was not even there when I sent it in for first cleaning / repair. I re-contacted Leica US Repair and sent my camera back. Eventually the camera was cleaned and the eyepiece seal was fixed.I thought I was now able to begin using and enjoying my Leica M7. But a couple weeks into having my camera back I began to notice scratching / marking on my negatives (confirmed by the lab I use that it is nothing they do). I also noticed peculiarities with the DX coding / value (the DX value flashes when it should not, etc.). I wont bore you with all the details. Suffice to say, the camera now needs to be returned to Germany for repair. I was told it would take about 8 weeks. After a couple letters to Leica Germany, I got a replacement M7 #2946364.Well, my replacement M7 has the same issues. I got lint inside the back eyepiece and in the front viewfinder. I suspect that the eyepiece seal is defective on this M7 as it was on my first one.And as with my original M7, I am again seeing peculiarities with the DX coding / value - the DX value flashes when it should not (according to the manual). Note that I use primarily Ilford XP2 Super (400 ASA and DX coded). With fresh batteries (those sent with the camera), when the film speed dial is on automatic DX, the value 400 flashes as if exposure compensation has been set even though it hasnt. I also see the decimal display LED in the viewfinder flashing as though the batteries are low, though they are fresh.When I change the film speed dial to manual 400, things seem fine. When I change the dial back to DX, shortly thereafter, the flashing begins again.I sent this camera back to Leica USA. They had it since 7/11. On 7/30 I finally got a call that it will be 5-6 weeks for repair.I am sorry I bought an M7 and would NOT recommend this camera to anyone else.

                      Expertise: Advanced

                      Problems Encountered: M7 #2945506 Purchase:12/27/06Repair #s V62767, V63373, V65951

                      Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon, Nikon, Contax, Yashica, etc.

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