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My M7 when in AUTO flashes the "ASA" in the viewfinder from time to time. When I press a little on the back door the "ASA" disappears and I get a correct shutter speed. Any ideas on how to fix short of sending to Leica?


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> When the M7 is turned on, if the DX setting is chosen, the ASA is supposed to flash for a couple of seconds. If you set the ASA manually, this will not happen. Also, it should only happen if the camera is just turned ON, or unlocked. Is yours doing the ASA flashing at other times?

By the way, I have found that if I depress the shutter release while the ASA is flashing, the display changes to the shutter speed. I think this is a film speed reminder feature... I have only recently started using the DX setting - at first I hated it, but now I kind of like it!

- marc

p.s. sorry about the last one, I hate when I do that!


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>My M7 when in AUTO flashes the "ASA" in the viewfinder from time to >time. When I press a little on the back door the "ASA" disappears and >I get a correct shutter speed. Any ideas on how to fix short of >sending to Leica?

Sounds like your back contacts are dirty. Open the back lid and look at the contacts (the line of 3 or 4 gold pin/dots). Clean them with a clean cloth and see if that works. If it doesn't, gently use a pencil eraser. Or go to radio shack and get some electronic contact cleaner.



Kevin: I can be of little help but my M7 does the same. Even more , on DX with the exosure compensation dial on 0 the red warning dot flashed. It went off if I put the dial between 0 and +1/3 of compensation. I had this fixed by a good repair shop but the ASA still flashes from time to time. If you find a solution please tell us. Mariano


I bought a black m7 in December 2002 the top of the camera is showing brass is there anything that can be done? I have a 3 year warranty can this be fixed?
Walter Griffin


Walter Griffen said:
I bought a black m7 in December 2002 the top of the camera is showing brass is there anything that can be done? I have a 3 year warranty can this be fixed? <<<<<

Hi Walter,
Why? Why get it fixed, do you not know there are guys who own Leica's that rub the camera down to have brass showing as a mark of a real shooter?

I suppose if you really want it back to all black assuming it's black.They would change the body as that's the only way it could be fixed.

A little brass is no big deal as all that means is you are a good user of the camera. :) Rather than someone who plays with it and fondles itlike some piece of gold bauble.And it doesn't effect the working operation either. So why bother?


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They might be able to change just the top plate, I don't see why not.

Is this wear from a lot of use, or is the black chrome just really thin? I had a black chrome M6 that I used a lot and it never wore - it was not brass under the black though, I think it was zinc or some such silvery metal.

Of course it won't change how the camera works, but if you want it to look nice and new, I'd press Leica into fixing it - tell them you were going to buy a new Hermes Edition but now you are not sure because the cosmetics wear so fast ;-)

- marc


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You should be proud of that brassing! It shows you are a photographer and not a poser, or worse, a collector.


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My M7 used for almost the same period has not had any problem,
perhaps there is something you do consistently that caused this to happen?
Normally you should have had early warning with the matt going shiny first,
so it may be a faultly coating.


The moral of this story, is folks, that if you want a camera that has a finish that wears well with repeated use silver chrome is the choice.

The black ones do look rather nice when new but the fine finish will wear over time and with heavy use. My black M5 had some zinc showing through the finish, which is typical of these cameras and I guess black M6s too. I had to have the top plate replaced back in 1991 so the M5 looks mint now. The problem is it looks so good with new top plate I tend not the use it, which is a great shame. At least brass has a much more pleasant patina than zinc.



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Micheal, what's 'worse' about a collector?

When people suggest that there is no need to worry about cosmetic blemishes on a camera I wonder - what do their cars look like? Do those dents in the fenders and the peeling paint on the hood show that they are real drivers instead of ghastly collectors?

I know, cameras and cars are different, but think about it. And then get a nice chrome M7 and shoot lots of great pictures ;-)

- marc


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As a Leica owner and "user" I take care of my cameras when I use them. As a car owner and "user" I take care of my car when I drive it.
I do this this for 2 reasons; 1.Neither will let me down because of abuse or neglect;2. When I eventually trade them, I will receive a better allowance. There is of course the additional pride of ownership in a good looking, well kept camera/vehicle regardless of age.


It’s like having a brand new 4 wheel drive (I think they call them RVs in N. Am.). Many people own them and would never consider taking their pride and joy places where the machine is actually designed to go. Because even with the utmost care, to do so comes with the risk of spoiling the look and value of the vehicle. At best the world is then only seen from the perspective of the Motorway or Interstate Highway. It is much safer to leave the 4 wheel drive in the garage. But the world is much more interesting when you go off road.

A 4WD is show room condition looks all shiny and beautiful, but one that has the tell tail signs that it has been used for the purpose it was built for is better IMHO. Less gloss but much more character. Which is fine if you don’t expected to get a better monetary return when it comes time for a trade. To me the value of a 4WD is where it can take you and the experiences it can bring.

For me using Leicas (like my silver chrome M7 just to keep things OT) adds appreciably to the pleasure of photography, the equipment is well designed and made, giving me the confidence to go out into the big bad world to make images. Hopefully good meaningful ones. I like nice things too, but I also hate missing a good image.

Personally I buy my Leicas with the philosophy that they will do me for life, so there is no trade price to consider. But hopefully they will be passed on to the next generation in close to the condition in which I found them.

Ah, how to balance these competing interests utility verses investment?


PS A book in poor physical condition is probably well read.


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I go with Craigs on owning the cameras for life - I have no intention of trading in my M6 for anything - it is always around my neck or in my bag or on the car seat and it looks great and most important it works great - like my car - wich by the way is a 1985 mercedes stationwagon - it cost less then the M6 housing when I got it used in germany in 1999! I maintain the mecanics of the car - wash it ocasionally but I will not be alarmed over a dent or a scratch - Im going to drive that car until it falls appart because it is a great car - by the way my buissiness partner has a Landrover 4W drive(series III from around 1980) and it has a special look that wil only be more beautifull if mother nature gives it a run for its money of the main roads - enjoy shooting your leicas - take care of them because the a great tools and let them get the traces of time they deserve


The Leica website (see below) lists this place:
Precision Photographics, Inc.
22191 Powerline Road, #1C
Boca Raton, FL 33433

I've been there. They have a limited selection.

Colonial Photo in Orlando has a good selection 800-841-1485

I hope this helps.


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I was toying with the idea to own a M for quite some time. over the weekend, my wife and me misplaced our minilux!? what a shock... we spent 2 hour driving round searching fruitlessly, we guessed it must be stolen... **sob**
and now we are in major withdrawal
. we love our summarit taken pictures...

Could anybody provide suggestions/pitfalls to cross the barrier from minilux to m7? thanks a lot, cheers!


I bought an M7 three months ago and I must say that my affection for it is extreme. I also own an M4 to which I'm no less devoted. Some will prefer the new MP, which looks more "classic" and has some subtle engineering improvements. But having an M4 already, I decided to "go modern" with the M7 and it's auto exposure mode. As it turns out, I keep it in auto-exposure mode most of the time, using the exposure lock to ensure that I'm metering an area with the right tones before recomposing and shooting. The M7 is a gorgeous piece of machinery, quiet as a mouse, and ... hmmmm,... why am I sitting here at my computer when I could be taking pix with my M7? Well,... bye!!!


I am traveling presently and my M7's batteries are flat. It is difficult to get a new DL 1/3N battery where I am now. Is it possible to use 4 pcs of SR44 or 4 LR44 batteries as an alternative? These batteries are 1.5 V each.

Thank goodness there are still two mechanical speeds left for me on the m7!

Thanks a lot.