Its time for my M7 to go in for service; this can't possibly be right. I noticed that people regard Leica very highly. I find mine meters to 32 seconds at up to ISO 200, and works just fine, even if the "under" arrow lights in protest. The lens release button is on the wrong side. The AE Lock only locks the shutter speed, not the overall exposure, so if you tweak the aperture after AE Lock, you're tweaking the overall exposure. I switched the camera to the mode that enables winding the film and started the turn the crank. With the M7, you can get farther and get into places you can't get with an SLR, and when you do, the lenses are even better if you're counting your pixels. Thanks! If you want the time for f/2.8, add four stops (16x) to the exposure as read with no lens. At this point, I was getting pretty tired of this camera, because it has mostly just given me troubles. The other thing to know about Leica is that it has rangefinder focusing. The LEICA M7's digital readout requires quite a bit of in-your-head math to figure out the correct exposure for a scene where the highlights meter 1/250 and the darks read 1/45, while on the FE, all you do is look at the swing of the needle and aim for the center. You don't have to cover the finder eyepiece as you should with an SLR when making light readings at night. After about 50 rolls in four months, it seems to want new batteries. I shot it rather quickly around my home, as I was eager to see what sorts of results it would yield. If I shoot the first half-fogged frame 000, that gives me 40-1/2 frames! I’ve tried Leica III camera once. That said I appreciate Leica optics, working with Leica confocal microscope was always a pleasure to me. I love it. Try it again and this time, make it work. Black chrome finish is very resistant and unobtrusive, and the silver chrome finish underlines the elegance of Leica M design. Aujourd'hui j'ai le plaisir de vous présenter le système Leica M au Leica Store de Marseille. I am so tired of lugging my heavy 5D Mark III or Contax 645 around. Another way to cheat is to set a higher ISO, and then multiply the reading. feel just like cell phones or video games. If you've gotten your gear through one of my links or helped otherwise, you're family. The M7 loads by poking a film canister up and into the bottom of the M7. If you're metering at one aperture but calculating and shooting at a smaller aperture, you need to meter in Auto, then remember, calculate and set the M7 to Bulb. I couldn’t agree with you more. When the roll was finished I started to wind the film as normal. It was a breeze to attach the 35mm lens to the Leica body. It's not as easy to try to grab the end of the film spool and pull. I'm told that these repairs to the original flawed designs are also available as retrofits for earlier cameras. I know the Leica and the Contax are very different cameras, but I did not like the images that came back from the Leica. You have to interpret the Leica's simple but accurate readings and apply compensation as demanded by the brightness of the subject. For instance, my M7 reads 16 seconds at ISO 500 with no lens (f/0.7) when pointed at the starry sky from a dark-sky location like Death Valley. document.write(""); Digital LEDs are inferior to using a real analog needle to sweep across shutter speeds steplessly. I've never found this to be a problem. Leica Q2 Waterproof Dustproof High Speed Compact Black Anodized Digital Camera (19050) 4.6 out of 5 stars 49. return Math.floor(Math.random()*999999999999) For 10 cm (4 inches), half the film must be trimmed off so only the sprocket holes at the bottom of the camera engage. Oriental cameras are all about long lists features, even if you don't need them and they get in the way, while the Leicas are all about working well and getting out of the way of great pictures. google_ad_client = "pub-9972917844935201"; Even though I prefer the trigger pull of earlier cameras, the electronic shutter of the M7 is much quieter and has less vibration than the mechanical shutter of my M4-P. I’ve owned both M-series and the earlier screwmount lens Leicas like Andrey’s Model III, and I used to run an independent Leica repair shop, repairing both kinds of cameras. You never can read aperture or manual shutter speed in the finder, but different shutter settings have different indents so, with experience, you can select some of them by feel. The Leica M7is a 35mm film rangefinder camera introduced in 2002. I put my M7 away loaded with the safety off so it's ready to go at any instant. If you've forgotten, you can cheat by locking exposure, covering the lens with your hand, releasing the shutter, and then taking your hand away fast. The best bar none. a part missing out of some earlier rangefinders which sometimes make it difficult to focus (fixed in current models, or retrofitable to older models for about $260). I support my growing family through this website. The camera brought auto-exposure in aperture priority mode, allowing photographers to set … buy from Adorama, Amazon, Ritz, B&H, Calumet and J&R. I like that feature! A lack of a proper baffle often would let the same light that comes through the fluted window to light the finder lines would also light (flare) the rangefinder spot. No robot assembly.” This is key to understanding part of the cost of a Leica lens and camera: real people earning real, western society, industrial-level wages. Look at the rewind crank to be sure it rotates as you think you're advancing your film. This is definitely a breeze in the Leica while a lot more dexterity is required to reuse the film without damaging it, in the Nikon N8008s. The manual showed how to load film (this was my first time using this specific type of film camera), but I still had to Google and search for a how-to video for instructions. I wanted to love the Leica that I tried– however I only got to review it for 1 month before I had to send it back since this was just a trial for the blog. It felt solid, but not too heavy (and not too light either). As for loading, fastest camera to load, if you got a blank roll, it’s not the cameras fault, it’s yours. Video games, digital SLRs and cell phones all have rechargeable batteries that you hope last as long as a week between charges, and once the battery dies, the item is useless. Watch your exposure readings and know what's reasonable, so you can know when something's not right. The analog LEICA M7 is such a classic. Above: This comparison is the most similar. The M3 is far superior here. If you have a leader shaped like this on the film, these old Leicas can be loaded fairly easily. Zone placements are obvious with an analog needle, but not with the M7's digital readout. Also it had great dynamic range. NEW: Rangefinder vs. SLR cameras 16 September 2009, LEICA M7 Compared to Zeiss Ikon and Minolta CLE 09 June 2009, Intro Specs Performance Usage Recommendations. I shoot a Contax G2 as well. For instance, I shoot ISO 50 film, so if I meter at ISO 500, I need to multiply the reading by 10. If it's really dark, there are two more ways to cheat. I've poked a lot of fun at the LEICA M7, but the truth rings clear: the M7 is unequalled for serious shooting when you need the most quality available in 35mm optics, need long exposures, need precise manual focusing and depth-of-field scales, or need a super-light and small system. There are frame lines for six lenses (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 90mm and 135mm), but two sets are always up at once. Loading film proved to be more challenging than I had thought. They aren’t the easiest to load but I’m surprised you had do much trouble.