By Marc Hoch
I started collecting Leica many years ago, the abbreviation “KE-7 A” had a magical effect on me. This had mostly to do with Jim Lager. Because in his great book on the history of the Leica, the KE-7A was one of the few cameras that were shown in color. Everything about this black M4 seemed to be desirable to me: the engravings, the word “Midland” and of course this Elcan 50mm f2 in particular. With this rare lens, I believed at the time, you had to become a better photographer – every picture magical, unique, breathtaking. And if you owned the KE-7A, you would finally be happy as a collector (this is an illusion that unfortunately I still have today).