Speculation regarding the fate of Leica's most recent film cameras - the M7 and MP - has flared up online since May when Leica's owner Andreas Kaufmann spoke at Japan Camera Industry Institute where he allegedly said that production of the cameras had been discontinued in 2009.
However, asked by BJP to clarify the situation, Leica says that it "has not stopped producing its analogue camera models, the Leica M7 and Leica MP, nor does it currently have any intention to do so."
Leica adds that although "the demand for analogue Leica camera models is not high, it is stable, and we are still producing cameras on a daily basis as always." It also says that any visitors to Leica Camera's head-office in Germany can "see both analogue and digital models being produced," as confirmed by a film made last year at the Leica factory by L-Camera Forum (see below).
Leica's introduction to the digital market began with the launch of the Leica M8 rangefinder, followed closely by the M8.2 and the M9, as well as the flagship medium format camera - the S2. The firm has also released a compact X1.
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