As I was surfing through some photography blogs this morning I had noticed some more sad news. Leica announced this week that they have ceased production of the M7 rangefinder. Unlike Canon, Leica still has two other film cameras available, the MP and M-A available for sale, so all is not lost. This is a troubling trend as film is starting to make a comeback as more and more younger people make the switch back to analog photography or pick it up for the first time.
Let’s hope that this trend of discontinuing film cameras comes to an end as the field of film photography starts growing again. Though we should all limit our expectations on what we can expect as film will probably never be as dominant as it was.
Canon stops selling film cameras.
Yesterday, Canon announced that they will be ceasing sales of their last film camera, the EOS-1V. This is a sad announcement for the film photography community, as we are now left with fewer and fewer options for new equipment.
The EOS-1V was the last model of professional film cameras produced by Canon, and served as the basis for the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds digital SLR families. The EOS-1V was launched in 2000 and has been on sale for the past 18 years, though production ended in 2018. Canon intends to still service the cameras until 2025 or until parts run out.
Canon stepping out of the film SLR market leaves competitor Nikon with their FM10 and F6 cameras as the only new film SLR cameras left.