So the Leica M7 has been officially discontinued. This is notable to me because it is my preferred camera. I also have an M6, which is a wonderful camera, but the M71 is just the best in my mind. All of the feature of the M6, plus auto exposure when you want it. I guess this means I should get my one M7 repaired soon.
The M7 is not the pinnacle of the film camera in my mind, just my favorite. The Canon EOS-1V is probably the pinnacle. Quite an amazing camera. I particularly liked the options to leave the film leader out upon rewind and the film roll identification printed at the start of the roll. I bet the Nikon F6 was as nice or better, but I never had a chance to use one. It’s all academic to me though; the M system was always more enjoyable for me to use due to it’s size and focusing mechanism.
Particularly the 0.58x finder magnification version. ↩︎