Some of you may have heard the rumors going around the internet saying Leica is stopping production of their MP and M7 film cameras. I have received about 20-30 emails with links to various web sites who picked up the story from a web site and there is a reason I did not post that story. First of all, it was and is a rumor. No, I have not called Leica to confirm this story as I can tell you right now that it has to be bullshit.
Sales of the MP have been greater in these past few months that probably all of 2009. The M7 and MP have been selling well and every time a store like B&H or Adorama get some in, they sell out quickly. The MP is a HOT camera right now, and not just for a few poeple here and there. I have known AT LEAST 100 people who bought an MP in the past 4 months. A few months ago I was told by Stefan Daniel that sales of the MP and M7 are better than ever and they were backordered. So, I find it unlikely that Leica would cease production of their heritage. Their film cameras. Sure, they may raise prices as they so often like to do, but stop all together? No way I say!
I should be speaking with Leica today and if I do, I will ask about this story and report back with an update. But to those worrying about this, fear not. I am sure the MP and M7 will live on for quite some time. At least I hope so as these cameras are the ones that define Leica. It’s who they always have been and part of who they are. Sure, the M9 is FANTASTIC and a digital equivalent to an M7, but film is NOT dead. The M7 and MP still have an important space to fill for those who want the best of the best in film rangefinders, and my guess is that they will be here for a long time to come.