Special thanks to Peter Kruschewski and Stefan Daniel at Leica camera for supplying the test camera and answering questions. The original Q is still a wonderful camera and, with the monochrome version you have a very good choice. While there were a few things I wished the Leica Q2 had, like a flip-out screen and inputs/outputs for video options (mic, hdmi..etc), its simplicity really helped me stay creative and ultimately, gave me a great experience when taking photos and video. As a Q2 (and SL2) user the resolution might not strictly be needed but, in particular not he Q2, it is appreciated for what it enables in post (cropping in particular, whether in editing or in camera with the frameline crop modes). The new model comes with a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 lens, meaning, you can’t zoom in or out. I no longer have the Q2 Mono, so I can’t redo them, but although most of each frame is very sharp, it isn’t all perfect, and I think that posting examples might be misleading, added to which they are very boring. Whereas those M-branded cameras were all digital rangefinders, the Q2 Monochrom is the very first black and white fixed lens compact camera that Leica have … What you lose is the depth of field relating to the cropped focal length. With a colour camera, you can usually extract some detail from one of the other colour channels. But someone (here on Macfilos?) The Leica Q2’s Lens is sharp in the center, but when it comes to the corners the Olympus 17mm F1.2 is without question sharper in the corners when both lenses are stopped down to the same equivalent F stop and the Olympus more consistent throughout the … But can I find a rationale for adding the Q2 to the CL..? Blacks seem deeper and the tonal range is luscious. Unless you can dig some dirt, in which case he can be thrown into the Grand Harbour. The resolution might not be needed, but the look of the files is so wonderfully clean and ‘present’. Hi There John It is indeed the same lane, and it is lovely around here (bit flat though) All the best. As for me I have been learning new skills through training and hope to get experiencing more creative outings as the virus recedes. Its clear, simple menus are way better than Fuji or Sony, and its controls are also way ahead of Sony and even simpler than Fuji. I would buy the Q2 in an instant but I have the Leica M9 and a pair of 28mm lenses that cover that purpose. As with many of our stories, this article was a conversation point and I think there’s been a great discussion. The Leica Q2 Monochrom (and the regular Q2) do not form part of Leica’s regular camera ranges. It cost around $25,000. One of the main features th… The Q2 looks essentially the same as its predecessor, but under the hood notable improvements have been … Thanks to all who put in their two penn’orth. And I suddenly realized why, however sharp, many of the images – to my eyes – retain a somewhat cluttered look. I hope it proves to be the right decision. Base ISO on the Q2 Monochrom is 200; there is also a pull option of ISO 100. It is good as a complete package and cheap by Leica standards, but I prefer to choose either a film or digital M kamera, with my ancient set of screwfit 50mm lenses from Leitz and Nikon and of course the 40mm and 50mm Summicrons. Who’s Online. The Q2 Monochrom has a 47MP sensor that only produces black and white images, a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH lens with 17cm (6.7 in) macro mode and a claim of better dynamic range and noise … You have entered an incorrect email address! The M10-Monochrom on 17 January 2020 with a new 40MP sensor, and now, less than a year later, we have the Q2 Monochrom with a 47MP sensor derived from that in the Q2 (and SL2). He is planning to publish 4 articles over the next few days on his site reidreviews.com. I suspect that with the Q, i’d always opt for the colour version. Learn how your comment data is processed. Artists need as much encouragement as possible to stay creative. . I have had to considerably eat my words about resolution – technically I don’t think it’s needed, but I think the pictures look different – even at web sizes, I can only think that it’s to do with ‘sampling’ rather than actual resolution (they don’t, after all, look sharper). So for me, it falls at the first hurdle, every picture is a crop. Photographs © Allan Weitz 2020 The Leica Q2 Monochrom is a black-and-white-only camera based on Leica’s extremely popular Q2 color camera, and features nearly identical specs, including a 47.3MP full-frame sensor, Maestro II processor, high-res EVF, and so on. I’ll echo that, Tom, even though I don’t normally use JPEGs. Looking at these comparisons, it’s evident that the Q2 Monochrome has a considerable advantage over the other three cameras, especially as the ISO value increases. In those days the demosaicing process was not as good as it is now, and that camera produced two or three times the definition of the normal colour version. But, having spent a lot of time with all of the Leica Monochrom cameras over the years, I’ve come to think that the most important reason for shooting with one is how it changes one’s approach as a photographer. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Electric Cars: Like it or not, most of us will change to an EV within the next ten years. The successor to the original 24-megapixel Leica Q, the Leica Q2 is aimed at photographers wanting a powerful camera that is also relatively small and discrete, yet with a whopping 47.3-megapixel full frame sensor. As always, appreciate the in-depth review, in particular the comparison shots. The aperture ring is on the lens with the shutter speed on the top plate (just like the Leica M cameras). I had one, it was a fine camera if a little quirky! Not sure why. Personally, I would have liked to see a joystick such as the one found on the SL and SL2. I’m an M10M owner and i’mstill drooling at this camera. This calculates the colour for each pixel based on the colour filter, and the results from the surrounding pixels in groups of four. This makes the camera seem very familiar, Both the aperture and shutter speed dials have an A(auto) position. The Leica Q2M is the company’s fourth monochrome camera in the last eight years. BTW: Michael, is that statue in your slideshow, one that needs to come down? 106 images • Posted on Nov 10, 2020 • View gallery. Like the Leica Monochrom and subsequent models like the Leica M10 Monochrom, the Leica Q2 Monochrom has a sensor without the … However, it does feature an integrated digital zoom that covers a range of interchangeable focal lengths including 35 mm, 50 mm and 75 mm. With a monochrome camera, you don’t need the colour filter array. However, what I found was that the Q2 Monochrome shots had an obvious advantage in the centre at all apertures, with a real magical presence to the files, at f/1.7 and f /2.8, the Q2 Mono was slightly softer at the corners than either the SL2 or the M10-R. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Neither Nikon nor Canon make any fixed-lens full-frame digital cameras.”, He concludes: “I’m impressed; the Q2 handles brilliantly, and autofocuses and tracks focus and just shoots, fast. According to Ken, “the Q2 is worlds ahead of everything from Fuji or Sony because the Q2 handles so much more brilliantly. The Q2 Monochrom is no exception, and, with its grey and white markings, it is indeed handsome. And also being able to see the viewfinder in black and white. The high ISO performance is quite remarkable, especially given the high resolution. It’s quite remarkable how much detail there is, even in the 100,000 ISO shot, even the banding is very well controlled. Leica had great success with their M8, and then full-frame M9 digital cameras and the idea of making a monochrome version of the M9 seemed a bold and interesting move. It’s a wonderful lens, compact and very sharp, it does soften up a bit at the corners, especially at wide aperture, but most of the frame is pin-sharp right from f/1.7. In addition to this resolution comparison, I did a series of shots of a hedge at about ten metres at different apertures. You have entered an incorrect email address! The owners love their tools and the resulting images that are still great today unless you are printing bus sized enlargements or shooting at high ISO. Lets be honest going for a Jimmy when I was a kid had an entirely different meaning to what it has now. With the previous M Monochrom cameras, shooting normally with the rangefinder you did still see the subject in colour, the Q2 Mono takes this a step further in that you see the motif in black and white through the viewfinder. Dad won’t like it if it doesn’t fit in the old Ferrari gloves box, Haha – but I guess Dad won’t need to worry (although, not having a Ferrari I’m only guessing!) I did say he wasn’t 100% complimentary. The only snag is the contrasting controls between the Q and Q2M, but that’s a minor point. The fact that the Q2 combines a camera and a lens that, arguably, performs as well as those M optics, is a remarkable achievement. This made me really laugh – Liz is looking at me very perplexed. If you want to take a stab at equalling the Q’s 28mm f/1.7 Summilux you are looking at either £5,175 for the 28mm Summilux-M or, perhaps, the 28mm Summicron-M at a more reasonable £3,420. I thought of upgrading it to the Q2 but opted to order the Q2M and keeping the Q and M10 for occasional color photography. Not quite sure what you mean by cluttered look. Leica’s design department people have gone from strength to strength, making increasingly beautiful and functional cameras. Leica Q2 Monochrom Camera Review Jon Sienkiewicz | Nov 10, 2020 Leica just announced the full frame Leica Q2 Monochrom, a black-and-white-only version of the popular Leica Q2. The Leica Q2 Monochrom combines the two technologies and is the first full-frame compact camera that’s dedicated to shooting black and white images. This is slightly exacerbated by the higher base ISO of the sensor (usually twice that of an equivalent colour sensor). The Leica Q2 Monochrom is a dedicated black and white camera with a full-frame 47MP sensor and stabilized 28mm F1.7 lens. Many people hate him because he generally loves Leica so there are lots of Leica haters around so he gets beat up and even hated on the web. The lens is the same as that of the Q and Q2: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The Leica Q2 is heavier than its predecessor - thanks no doubt to the new battery - and now weighs in at 718g with the battery (compared to 640g for the Q). Mine arrives tomorrow. Three function buttons can be assigned as needed, and the now-familiar Leica rear buttons with Play, Function and Menu are all present. Worth serious consideration. More about that later. In 1991 they introduced the DCS 100 DM3 with a 1.3MP monochrome sensor; this was based on the Nikon F3 camera, and it had a separate DSU (Digital Storage Unit) which went over the photographer’s shoulder (and was extremely heavy). If I did not have other m glass the Leica Q2 would be in my system of cameras. This, in effect, allows us to apply filters to our images after the event. Thanks also to Emma who has to put up with me moaning and bellyaching when I write these articles. bigger. . I have to admit to starting off feeling that in this day of 48MP resolution there wasn’t really a need for a monochrome version of the Q2, but I have to admit to having been quite captivated. I had the Q2 Mono for around only three weeks for testing last August. . bigger. But then that is me, I am also the one that has just bought a Sigma DP3 to wrestle with. No camera is perfect for everyone but for what the Q series is designed for it is an amazing photographic tool. From a functional and operational point of view, except for the obvious lack of white balance controls, the grey lettering and the changed ISO values, the Monochrom is identical to the standard Q2. I'd get mine at Adorama or at B&H. I agree with Ken on his assessment. The first monochrome only camera from the ‘Q’ range. In Leica’s parallel universe, that is. Trifles? LEICA Q2. The M10 and M10-R Images have been upsized in photoshop so that they are the same size as those from the other two cameras. The Leica Q2 features a 47.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, weather sealing, and several other subtle upgrades. Electric Cars: Like it or not, most of us will change to an EV within the next ten years. On the other hand, I would never miss out anything which seemed to me to be critical. So I bow to a beautiful camera which is not part of my GAS. The Leica Q2 Monochrom touts a brand new 47 megapixel full frame monochrome sensor based on its sibling model, the Leica Q2. If I did not have other m glass the Leica Q2 would be in my system of cameras. The indefatigable Ken Rockwell has turned his attention to the Leica Q2 and he is smitten. We cover subjects that interest us and, we hope, will inspire you. The Q2 Monochrom is a bit different because the base resolution is so high, and because the implementation is so good and so consistent with the Leica rangefinder. Despite producing the first full-frame dSLR in 2002, by 2005 they were out of the professional camera market altogether, the last camera being the DCS Pro SLR/n in 2004. It used to rhyme with riddle. Ah! By now there was competition from Nikon, with the D1 and D1x, and the price was a slightly more manageable $8,000. The Q2 just gets out of my way more than I had ever expected. Top Introduction Specifications Accessories Recommendations auch in deutscher Sprache erhältlich LEICA Q2 (49mm filters, 25.4 oz./720 g with battery and card, 1'/0.3m close focus (0.56'/0.17m in macro mode), $4,995). The 24MP M246 Monochrom was announced on 30 April 2015. Which is what we should all do. Thank you, is the wooden lane the same one you photoed in XVario Paula article. Leica Q2 Monochrom Review Dec 16, 2020. 0. One man’s red is another man’s pink, so nit picking can sometimes go too far. I don’t get paid for writing these articles (either directly or indirectly). I would buy the Q2 in an instant but I have the Leica M9 and a pair of 28mm lenses that cover that purpose. . It is sublime at 100iso and not bad up to 400iso, but that is it. Bravo!”. The process of converting the image to colour is called demosaicing. As there is no demosaicing process, there is no loss of resolution. Can’t say that I have any concerns on the colour rendition of the Q2 files. The Q cameras have been a real success story for Leica and a perfect example of their talent for finding a photographic niche and making it their own. bigger. Yes the DOF remains the same as that on a 28mm lens, as you would expect. But, on balance, he seems to overlook such trifles…. No camera is perfect for everyone but for what the Q series is designed for it is an amazing photographic tool. Hopefully with the results of the Pfizer vaccination test this week we will all be on the move again before too long. Mike, Really useful article, Jono. For all these tests the camera was set on a sturdy tripod with a two-second shutter delay. Funny – I feel rather the other way around. During the test period, I had neither an M10 Monochrom nor a Q2, both of which would have made interesting resolution comparisons. The colour filter array reduces the amount of light reaching the pixels by around one stop, and the demosaicing process affects the resolution because of the combining of information. The Leica Q2’s Lens is sharp in the center, but when it comes to the corners the Olympus 17mm F1.2 is without question sharper in the corners when both lenses are stopped down to the same equivalent F stop and the Olympus more consistent throughout the … Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Jarle Aasland’s article on the DCS 100 on NikonWeb, Peter Myers review of the Kodak DCS 760m at Luminous Landscape, Jim Garvey’s article The DCS Story 1987-2004, Jonathan Slack’s review of the Leica M10 Monochrom, Click here to receive updates on the latest Macfilos articles, Leica Q2 Monochrom: Full-frame compact with integral 28 mm lens to tempt B&W fans, Own a Leica camera for only 7 pence a day…, Our Swiss Roll mystery photo hunt featured on BBC. The Leica Q2 Monochrom is Leica’s latest dedicated black-and-white camera, joining the M Monochrom and the M10 Monochrom manual-focus rangefinders. No, it isn’t Jimmy Saville – that is unless he organised a few Fix-its in Malta. If one does not like 28mm (a wonderful focal length for candid photos which this camera is ideal for) then it is not for you and move on to what fits your needs. While Ken’s use of “immortal” has a slight whiff of hyperbole about it, I can’t fault his general enthusiasm for this most successful of Leica cameras. I loaded the groups of four DNG files directly into photoshop, magnified them to 100% and then taken a screenshot and labelled it. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our … By that yardstick, the Q2 – costing £4,375 – is something of a bargain. Close focus is 30cm in normal and 17cm in Macro mode. The only real competitor has been the Sony RX1R II with its 35 mm Zeiss lens, but Sony has not updated this since 2016 (which, with the rapid product cycles, sounds like they’ve abandoned it). So I figure you are already in heaven on earth,what you do for an encore? Andrew. Covid-19 meant that I couldn’t make any trips with the camera, but I took the time to look carefully at its performance in comparison with the SL2 (which has essentially the same sensor but with a colour filter array). However, I learned and grew from that but I still stood up for some images if the criticism was a style difference. Leica Q2 Monochrom features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.Leica Q2 Monochrom's Bluetooth connectivity feature comes handy for connecting other devices that supports it. I thought it was interesting to compare the Q2 Monochrom to three of Leica’s recent high-resolution colour cameras, the M10, the M10-R and the SL. But when you have a CL and use the 11-23 lens almost exclusively you get close enough without having to give up the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Learn how your comment data is processed. bigger. In 2001 they produced a 6MP black and white sensor behemoth based on the Nikon F5—The Kodak DCS 760M. LEICA Q2. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in. . Are we not overlooking the fact Ken went on to say he hated the Q2’s colour output in Jpg or RAW and concluded just about every other camera system beat it hands down, especially his Canon 90D which incidentally would cost but a fraction of the Q2’s buying price whichever Canon Lens he might have bought to put on it. The Leica Q2 is the only camera in its class to feature IP protective sealing, rating of 52, against dust and spraywater. November 10th, 2020 - Leica Camera makes unprecedented strides in its commitment to black and white photography with the launch of the Leica Q2 Monochrom, a new addition to the much beloved Leica Q line and the greater Leica Monochrom family. 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