Gear Envy - Leica KE-7A


We don't know about you but we are a fan of pieces that have quite a back story. Case in point, this all-black Leica KE-7A camera that we happened to come across in our search to bring you some of the most mouthwatering photo gear out there. It's a difficult job but someone has to do it!

Leica KE-7A via Leica Shop

This Leica is basically an M4 made out of black chrome. It was originally made for the U.S. Army back in the 70s in a limited run of 505 units. 460 of those units were acquired by the military while the rest were sold in the market. The military versions had engravings to indicate that they were standard issue cameras. Essentially still an M4, the KE-7As' only difference is that they were fitted with modified shutters and sturdier and better sealing to keep up with harsher shooting conditions that can be expected out in the field.

Leica KE-7A via Leica Shop

The all-black look of the KE-7A is one of the things that makes it stand out. We're still seeing little black cameras circling above our heads when we think of it. The rugged yet refined look of the KE-7A makes it fit for active duty. Stealthy and flashy at the same time, this limited edition Leica will surely warrant attention. If you're looking to cop one, you better have your budget ready since it's not exactly the cheapest camera out there. It'll still fetch quite a heavy price tag but if you're really into collecting cameras with this kind of history, we're sure it won't be quite a difficult decision to make.

All information used in this article was sourced from The Phoblographer and Pacific Rim Camera.

2018-01-16 #gear #army #leica #gear-envy #ke-7a #military-issue


  1. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Looks more like a M6.

  2. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Sorry, what I wrote was just nonsense

  3. cheeo
    cheeo ·

    @srcardoso hello! No worries at all! :)

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