This is one of cameras I really like, it just feels rights in my hands with minimalist design and soundless shutter. KE-7A was a special version made in Midland, Canada for the U.S. Army in 1972. It is identical to Leica M4 except for a few significant features:

  • Winterised shutter for operations down to -20 degrees celcius
  • Body sealed against dirt & dust
  • Supplied with 50mm/2 Elcan lens (unfortunately I couldn't find this lens)
  • Serial 1,293,771- 1,293,775 and 1,294,501- 1,295,000
  • Two versions: U.S. Army and Civilian (no contract no. printed at the back of the top plate)

Source: "Leica, Collector's Guide (2nd Edition)" by Dennis Laney

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My favorite combo, KE-7A with Summicron 35/2 ASPH, the shiny silver lens against the handsome black KE-7A is just unbelievable.

My thought on this camera..except for the ridiculously sky rocking price, this piece of rangefinder feels right, mechanically, cosmetically and spiritually. Some people might prefer to leave this kind of collectibles on the display shelf, but I shoot with anything that works, that's the way they are meant to be. Nowadays if you come across a full set of KE-7A with Elcan 50/2, be prepared to break your bank!

Some shots taken by this camera:

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'Karens'- Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 ASPH v.II

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Canon 100/2 LTM,@somewhere in Minami Senju, I think..

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@Shinjuku, East Exit

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@Harumi Park

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