2 flagship film cameras discontinued on the same day…
30 May 2018 marked the end of an era for Leica as they discontinued the M7 film camera after 16 years of service. However, film lovers will still be able to purchase the Leica MP and Leica M-A cameras.
This image is of the stunning 2004 titanium special edition set (worth over £200,000), launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Leica M system, with a production run of just 50 pieces.
Just minutes after Leica’s announcement, Canon broke similar news with the discontinuation of their last film camera, the EOS-1V:
Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Canon products.
By the way, we are finally decided to end sales for the film single lens reflex camera EOS – 1V.
We will also take repair measures until October 31, 2025, even after the repair correspondence period of our company’s repair service contract for the purpose of improving service and support for customers who use this product.
From Canon Japan (Google Translated)
The antithesis of this news came from Kodak Alaris who have just launched a new single-use disposable camera in Europe. The Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera has a 33mm f/10.0 lens with fixed focus from 1m to infinity and a somewhat unusual 39 exposure 800 ISO film. Priced at £7.99 you could buy 250 for the list price of the Canon EOS-1V!