Leica Q2 Official Announcement

Leica Q2 Official Announcement:

The Leica Q2 has been officially announced!  The price is $4,995, and here are some of the key specs:

  • 47.3 MP Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • Summilux 28mm f1.7 ASPH lens
  • 3.68 OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • DCI 4K24p, UHD 4K30p, Full HD 120p Video
  • ISO 50-50000, up to 10-fps Shooting
  • 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm Crop Modes
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Weather sealed

You can already pre-order it at:

B&H Photo

Adorama

This is very exciting, at least to me :).  I absolutely loved the Leica Q, and I wrote a review a while back for those interested.  It is one of my favorite cameras…only wish was a different focal length as its main lens.  I’ll be interested to see how the new Q2 measures up.  My guess is, some of the features, like the new sensor, will probably make it into the new SL2 whenever that comes out.  I hope :).

What do all of you think?  Is it worth it?  Were you waiting for one?  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by!

You can find more info on the Q2 from Leica’s official page as well.

8 comments… add one
  • Jed Orme

    Patrick,

    I was quite surprised by this Leica announcement of the Q2 & hope that you might get one to review. I had one of the Q’s when it first came out & it was an amazing camera with the best EVF I have ever used plus its outstanding Summilux 28mm f1.7 lens. My hope was that they might create an ILC version, which was why I eventually switched over to the Fuji X-Pro 1 & 2 for that capability. And now if I could afford to buy the Q2 for its larger sensor, I think I would still prefer to have the Fuji GFX-50R instead. Fuji colors are also something I just prefer over Leica, not because they are better – just different. But I’m glad to see that Leica has done this for those folks that don’t mind cropping, which I begrudgingly did quite a lot with my Q.

    Jed

    • Patrick

      Hi Jed,

      I’m hoping to get a Q2 in to review but I also need to find the time lol. Cropping is okay but I’d still love to see a Q with a 50mm lens.

      Best,

      Patrick

  • Dane

    Hey Patrick,

    Time flies! Remember the first time they announced the Q? We both said If only it was the 50mm in there! I guess with 47MP the cropping to get the 50mm look will be better.

    Dane

    • Patrick

      Hi Dane,

      Time does fly :). I still wish they made a Q with a 50mm. Yeah, I know there’s plenty to crop but still lol :).

      Best,

      Patrick

      • Dane

        Haha, most of the reviews of the first Q is that they all hated the fact that they did so much cropping.

      • Patrick

        Lol, the Q is seriously one of my favorite cameras; I’m just not a fan of the 28mm focal length. I also wouldn’t get it just to crop the images all the time…There is only one 28mm that for some weird reason, works well with me: the 28mm Summaron ;).

  • Jed Orme

    Patrick,

    As noted by you & the other commenters, the choice of the lens for the Q was really not a very popular one. In my case, primarily for compositional reasons, I ended up cropping to somewhere between 35mm & 50mm most of the time I shot with my Q. Now with the bigger sensor but same lens, you will still end up needing to crop just as much, but simply end up throwing away fewer pixels in the process. It seems to me that Leica would have a more popular Q2 with the same size sensor as before (24MP in full frame is quite enough for me), but with either a 35mm or 50mm f1.7 Summilux lens. And like Fuji with its new X-T3, maybe even be able to offer it for less cost than the original Q. Possibly though it really is, in part, a test bed for features to be offered with a new SL (e.g., the EVF, new processor, weather proofing, etc.).

    Jed

    • Patrick

      Hi Jed!

      I don’t even know what I’m looking for in terms of improvement with the SL2. I’m currently very happy with the SL. I’ve taken more frames with this digital camera than any other I’ve ever owned by far. It has been extremely reliable; it’s actually been a bit more reliable than even my X-T3 (I’ve noticed recently my X-T3 freezing sometimes when I am using a wireless transmitter). I do multiple shoots per week, which translates into thousands of shots per week without even a hiccup. The current SL already has extreme weather proofing. There was even a video where a pitcher of water was poured on it. Plus, the SL’s EVF is still higher in MP than the Q2’s, and while I still haven’t tested the new Panasonic, the SL’s EVF overall is still tops for me. I’m definitely going to buy the new SL but I think it’s more gear acquisition syndrome than an actual need lol. I only need one camera, so I will be trading in my current SL but I will miss it. I’ve definitely bonded with it. It’s such a workhorse, and I just love the images from it.

      As for the Q2, I think Leica has another winner here because the Q was a very popular model. From what I heard, it was selling well even near the end of its run. I think they should definitely experiment with a 35mm and 50mm version though; maybe have three versions available :). Have a great day, Jed!

      Best,

      Patrick

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