The Leica M-series of cameras is probably one of the company’s most iconic lineups, which might explain why they have kept the Leica M7 around for as long as they did. Unfortunately all good things must eventually come to an end, as is the case with the M7 which has since been officially discontinued.
In a post on the Red Dot Forum, “Effective immediately, Leica will no longer produce any more new M7 cameras, in black or silver. There still might be a handful in stock at various dealers, but once sold out, no more will be coming from Wetzlar. The same goes for the a la Carte program. No M7-based configurations will be accepted or built for customers wanting a custom camera.”
For those unfamiliar with the significance of the M7, this is the camera that replaced the M6 and was released in 2002. This means that it has been around for the past 16 years. It was also one of the last film cameras in the Leica M-series before future M models, like the M8 to the M10 went full digital.
However as the post on Red Dot Forum points out, analog lovers will be pleased to learn that while the M7 might have been discontinued, the MP (not to be confused with the M-P) and the M-A cameras will still be around. That being said, the M7 is still available for purchase while stock lasts, so if you absolutely have to have it, maybe now might be a good time to pull the trigger on purchasing it.
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