Leica M7 Titanium “50 Jahre LEICA M System”

35mm MF film rangefinder camera • Collectible


Production details
Announced:September 2004
Production type:Small-batch production: 550 (five hundred fifty) units
Order No.:10570 - body with SUMMILUX-M 50/1.4 ASPH.
10572 - body with SUMMICRON-M 28/2 ASPH., SUMMILUX-M 50/1.4 ASPH. and APO-SUMMICRON-M 90/2 ASPH.
System: Leica M (1954)
Imaging plane
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Leica M [27.8mm]
Imaging plane:36 × 24mm film
Model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:32 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL), stop-down
Exposure modes:Aperture-priority Auto
Rangefinder and Viewfinder
Rangefinder:Built-in, combined with viewfinder
Viewfinder:Built-in, combined with rangefinder
Finder magnification:0.72x
Actual rangefinder base:69.25mm
Effective rangefinder base:49.86mm
Bright-line frames:28mm & 90mm, 35mm & 135mm, 50mm & 75mm
Parallax compensation:Yes
Physical characteristics
Weight:<No data>

Manufacturer description #1

03 - 09/2004 - Exclusive special titanium series to mark 50th anniversary of the Leica rangefinder system

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Leica M system, Leica Camera AG, Solms, will be presenting a special limited edition of the LEICA M7 of solid titanium at photokina 2004 in Cologne. The exclusive camera equipment combines the tradition of a proven photographic tool – the Leica M camera - with the modernity of the high-tech material titanium and the latest in lens construction. The set includes the camera and the high-speed universal lens SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH., which was only recently presented as a completely new design with improved imaging performance. The titanium cameras in the set bear the imprint "1954 - 2004 50 Years M System" on the camera top. This is the period from the introduction of the first Leica camera with M bayonet – the LEICA M3 in 1954 - through to its anniversary year 2004. The titanium cameras also bear a special serial number of 3.000.050 to 3.000.550 and are available only in a limited number of 500 sets worldwide.

For aficionados of particularly high-quality collectors items, the Solms-based company is also offering the anniversary set of the titanium LEICA M7 with special extras. This exclusive offer includes the three high-performance lenses LEICA SUMMICRON-M f/2/28mm ASPH., SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH. and LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M f/2/90mm ASPH. lenses in titanium, which together with the LEICA M7 come in a RIMOWA case with a titanium finish. The set is limited to only 50 cameras also has the anniversary engraving and the serial numbers 3.000.000 to 3.000.050. In addition, each one is engraved with one of the years between 1954 and 2004.

The high-tech material titanium is particularly resistant and has high impact strength. As hard as but much lighter than steel, and twice as stable as aluminum, titanium is used in aerospace construction for example, when high stability with a low weight is required. Thus, the special titanium series of LEICA M7 provides a particularly durable exterior without impacting the weight of the camera equipment. "Just the opposite, the use of this exclusive metal leaves the titanium LEICA M7 some 80g lighter than the proven M series. In addition, the even and matt-shining, silver-gray titanium surface gives the camera and lenses an unmistakable, exclusive look, making the anniversary edition such an elegant collector's item with an air of luxury," says Jean-Jacques Viau, marketing manager at the Photo Business Unit of Leica Camera AG.

Both anniversary sets come supplied with the newly published book '50 Years Leica M' by Günter Osterloh, the former head of the Leica Academy. The book, written in German and English, provides a comprehensive overview of all the Leica M model. The now freelance technical book author and seminar leader also presents the origins of Leica and in particular the people who made a special contribution to the Leica legend. The book '50 Years Leica M' by Günter Osterloh will be officially presented at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair in the autumn.

A certificate personally signed by Hanns-Peter Cohn, the CEO of Leica Camera AG, and Ralf Coenen, CTO of Leica Camera AG, rounds off the anniversary edition.

The technical features of the LEICA M7 remain unchanged in the titanium anniversary model. The camera differs from the tried and trusted M series in its 30 external parts of solid titanium, manufactured in a complex production process. The use of the high-tech material titanium is about five times more demanding than brass or aluminum. The material is rendered resistant to fingerprints through a particularly hard ceramic oxide coating applied in a high-vacuum procedure.

To match the silk matt shine of the titanium surface, the LEICA M7 has been given an exclusive black leather covering of greased saddle leather. The vegetably tanned leather is particularly pleasing to the touch and with frequent use acquires the patina of high-quality leather that is much appreciated by aficionados. Color-coordinated leather carrying straps underlines the elegant appearance of the camera.

The LEICA SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH. is a complete redesign of the high-speed standard lens for the Leica rangefinder camera. The use of an aspherical element has significantly improved the imaging performance compared with the old model. The LEICA SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH. is the first Leica M lens to have a "floating element": the last lens element alters its position in relation to the rest of the optical system during focusing - thereby achieving outstanding imaging quality even in the close-up range. To achieve homogeneously high imaging performance over the whole field, the LEICA SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH. not only features high-refraction glass, but also two elements with anomalous color dispersion (partial dispersion), one of which originated in the former Leitz glass laboratory. Whether selective definition in the close range, high-contrast available light applications or landscapes with great field depth - the LEICA SUMMILUX-M f/1.4/50mm ASPH. delivers a convincing performance in all of these situations.

The titanium anniversary set will be available from Leica retailers from October 2004.

Manufacturer description #2

The LEICA M7 Titanium special-edition model includes an M7 with its cap, base cover and controls in solid titanium. In a production run of 500 units, it is offered as a set together with the LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, also in titanium. The camera and lens bear matching serial numbers, and are supplied with a case, and as an added bonus, a special edition of the excellent book: "50 Years of the Leica M System".

Titanium is immensely time and cost intensive to machine, but its high strength and light weight are major benefits. Consequently, the M7 Titanium is corrosion-proof and 13% lighter than a standard M7. The special-edition model is also vapor-coated with an ultra-thin layer of silicon dioxide, eliminating the problem of fingerprints.

From the editor

Not that in contrast to the previous M6 (1992) and M6 TTL (2001) titanium models which were only titanium plated, the top and bottom plates, as well as all the control elements of this M7, were made of solid titanium! The same is true for all three matching lenses. Even the dedicated lens hood for the SUMMICRON-M 28/2 ASPH. lens was made of titanium.

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm
  • Area: 864mm2

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Original name

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Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


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A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

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Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Fixed diaphragm

The aperture setting is fixed at F/ on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.

Number of blades

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Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


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Maximum diameter x Length

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Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.


Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.