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.
|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|
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|
|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)|