Leica M7 question
Old 02-06-2017   #1
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Leica M7 question

Why do some M7's have Leica script on the top plate and others (mine) do not? Is it an Ala carte thing?




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Could be A La Carte, but also could be those made for Japanese market (I believe it was Japan's official solo distributor who commissioned it). I've read both engraved (not as deep as old Ms) and silk screened ones are out there.

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I am actually happier with no engraving (stealthy). Just wondering.
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My M7 is 'a la carte' and has the engravings and is per your picture.
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I have the plain jane slum version aka "stealth".
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Why do some M7's have Leica script on the top plate and others (mine) do not? Is it an Ala carte thing?




It could be fake. I can use it in case you want to trow it away.
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The ones with the top script Were made for the Japanese market, where the script was preferred (from what I've read).
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Agree with sepia. I had an M7 years ago that was factory engraved but not part of the A-La-Carte program. It was a Japanese version that came engraved from the factory.

Of course, there are other M7's that will have the engraving done after the fact, and/or purchase through Leica's A-La-Carte program.
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My M7 which I bought second-hand in Hong Kong in 2009.
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Peter, it's interesting that you got script on your top plate. My slum version (plain) was purchased in Hong Kong in 2003.
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My M7 which I bought second-hand in Hong Kong in 2009.
Classy looking machine. Congrats.
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Robert, I remember after the sale, I could track this body on a Leica site and, as far as I recall, it was originally sold as a special set including the Leicavit and a lens in Europe. When I bought it, only the body was for sale. I bought it from a big dealer in Hong Kong and the body was 'as new'... I doubt if a roll of film had gone through it.
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Thanks Froyd... it's a good looking camera.
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Peter - is your script engraved, or just painted on?
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It's engraved.
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I'd expect a true Leica connoisseur to be able to establish this Leica M7's history. As I mentioned, in 2009, I found it had been previously released as a set, together with a Leicavit and, as I recall, with a 50mm lens.
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