The five images herewith are from my last shoots with the Leica M7, before I sold it. Leica, and rangefinders in general are typically associated with reportage and street photography. So to some it may have appeared an odd choice of tool for portrait work. Rangefinders do have many practical advantages being smaller, quieter and less inconspicuous/intimidating. They allow you to see beyond the frame lines assisting with compositing drawing you into the scene. More importantly than all of aforementioned however – I enjoy shooting with a rangefinder. Hopefully this came across to my subjects putting them at ease, that and feeding them vast quantities of cake – who doesn’t like cake after all?
If you’re thinking about purchasing an M7 don’t let those who insist a mechanical Leica is the only option sway you. The M7 was a delight for the few years I owned it. Like all analogue Leica’s it can be shot in full manual yet with the added advantage of AE for when the mood takes you. My only one criticism of the camera is the plastic ISO dial situation on the back, which quite frankly feels a little bit rubbish even if it did do the job. Did I ever run out of battery? Not once. Although I admit I always did carry spares.
Will I miss the M7? Well I guess that will depend on how I fair with its replacement. All images here were shot with a 50mm Summilux Aspherical on Portra 400 film.
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