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Leica M7 rangefinder camera body & Leica 35mm f2 lens
All cameras come with 6 months warranty.
In this kit:
1) Leica M7 rangefinder camera body
2) Leica 35mm f2 lens
3) Leather half body cover
4) Leather strap
5) Lens cap
Leica doesn't need much of an introduction. German made, they are literally the best cameras money can buy. The Leica M7 is unique among M film bodies in that it has an electronic shutter, rather than a mechanical one like every other Leica M’s. The electronics enable an aperture priority automatic shutter speed setting on the speed dial. For people who are bothered by Leicas that have no through-the-lens (TTL) light meter like the Leica M2, M3, and M4, or by having to manipulate shutter speed themselves with models that do have TTL like the Leica M5 and M6, the M7 is a kind of godsend.
The M7, like all Leica cameras is beautifully built. It feels hefty and solid in hand while keeping the compactness rangefinder systems offer over SLRs.
The shutter speed dial is the ergonomically superior type. It is large and easier to rotate than the smaller type dial found on the Leica MP and M6, which were both designed after of the notched dial of the Leica M3, M4, and M2. The notched dial was never intended to be directly manipulated, and was rather designed for the external Leicameter light meter attachment, whose larger dial connects to the camera dial so the user easily adjusts shutter speed using the Leicameter. The dials of the M6 and MP were an aesthetic choice, not a practical one like the Leica M7 dial.
When shutter speed is set to automatic, the shutter speed is displayed in red LED below the finder frame. Automatic speeds are more precise than the manual options. The camera will shoot at in-between speeds of like 1/45, 1/90, 1/180, 1/360, and 1/750, none if which can be selected manually. When shooting manually, the LED displays two arrows and a circle in the middle, like >o<. When the circle and the two arrows are illuminated, exposure is right. When under or overexposed, only one of the arrows will illuminate. You rotate the shutter speed dial in the direction of the illuminated arrow to correct exposure, which is a nice touch.
As you can probably guess by now the Leica M7 is the pinnacle of Leica made film cameras. It will allow you to use all the beautiful and sharps Leica M mount lenses while giving you the ability to shoot in automatic mode.
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