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Old 05-08-2012   #1
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Leica MP

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but does anyone know why Leica included AE in the M7, but not in the MP? Did the M7 receive a lot of backlash due to auto exposure? Is it a mechanical reason?

I know some people prefer fully manual cameras, I'm just wondering if there is an official reason why it was included in on camera and then promptly removed in the next.

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M7 has an electronically controlled shutter – AE is very straightforward to implement. MP is fully mechanical – therefore AE is very difficult to implement as the meter would have to drive some form of mechanical servos to change the shutter speed.

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They're selling them both side-by-side, so one did not replace the other. The MP represents "Mechanical Perfection" and, my assumption is, they left everything electronic out of the image-capturing process. It has a meter, but it is not coupled in any way with actually taking a picture: electricity is not required in any way to capture an image.
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The 'MP' model has been around for decades, 1956 using the Cameraquest site as a reference, and was reintroduced about 10 years ago in 2003.

If you want to purchase a new Leica film camera today without AE then the MP is for you. If you want the Leica film camera electronic version that supports AE then choose the M7.
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When you buy a BMW, you can buy it with 6-speed gearshift, or an automatic transmission. While some might say one is better than the other, these are subjective judgements based upon an individual's priorities and outlook.

Simply put, the AE vs. manual exposure and battery independence are different and each is a feature depending on who is buying.
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Quote:
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M7 has an electronically controlled shutter – AE is very straightforward to implement. MP is fully mechanical – therefore AE is very difficult to implement as the meter would have to drive some form of mechanical servos to change the shutter speed.

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Simple enough, that makes sense.

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Old 05-08-2012   #7
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The official reason is that a lot of people want a fully-manual M. They sell all that are made.
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It was a combination of marketing and product differentiation on Leica's part. The MP has the older style film rewind and advance controls and is in many ways a throwback to the days of the original MP, M3 and M2. It's appealing to traditionalists and those who want a basic mechanical body.

The M7 follows the M6TTL with the shutter speed dial working in the opposite direction to all previous Leicas (for ergonomic reasons). All subsequent Ms have used the same dial rotation direction as the M6TTL/M7, and it's likely that this will continue.



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