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Leica Q2 gets the Thumbs Up: How a simple brass grip transforms the handling

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The Thumbs Up design provides a cut-away section to chear the frame-line selector button. It's a neat and uncomplicated solution.

As readers know, I’m a world-class ambassador for thumb grips on cameras. They work especially well with wrist straps, providing a hook to keep the camera stable when it is held downwards. They’re also great in adding stability to a camera.

I’ve been missing a thumb grip for my Q2 ever since I bought the camera earlier this year. In recent weeks I’ve been walking around with the Q2 a lot of the time and the lack of a thumb hook has irritated me. The camera is just heavy enough to threaten to slip out of the fingers when being dangled on the wrist strap.

The matchTechnical Thumbs Up – a brilliant addition to Leica’s wonderful Q2. The camera is also fitted with an Arte di Mano half case

The contrast with my M10-D, which has a faux film winder to act as thumb support, was notable. The retro winder lever is one of the best thumb supports for a camera that I have encountered, just as comfortable as an accessory thumb grip but offering even more support for the camera when used with a wrist strap, which is my preferred option.

The Thumbs Up fits precisely and the grip is in just the right position for the thumb. Incidentally, the case is by Arte di Mano.
The Thumbs Up fits precisely and the grip is in just the right position for the thumb.
The Thumbs Up design provides a cut-away section to chear the frame-line selector button. It's a neat and uncomplicated solution.
The Thumbs Up design provides a cut-away section to chear the frame-line selector button. It’s a neat and uncomplicated solution.

Fret not

As a result, I’ve been fretting about the lack of a thumb grip for my Q2 and this week I decided to do something about it.

The long-promised Leica grip has so far not materialised. I did hear that there have been problems in getting the through button for the frame-line adjuster working properly. I did wonder, however, why it is necessary to make the arm of the grip so deep that a repeater button is necessary.

Fit on the hot-shoe is very precise and permits no lateral movement. The padded humb which fits securely in the camera's thumb indent ensures the whole grip is satisfyingly solid and safe
Fit on the hot-shoe is very precise and permits no lateral movement. The padded humb which fits securely in the camera’s thumb indent ensures the whole grip is satisfyingly solid and safe

Fed up waiting, I consulted with the ever-helpful Tim Isaac of matchTechnical — purveyor of the original and still-finest all-brass Thumbs Up grips. As he explained, he takes a minimalist approach and his Leica Q2 grip features a smooth cut-out to give full access to the frame-line button without any need for complicated repeater buttons.

The fact that Tim’s brass dgrip is nearly £50 cheaper than Leica’s absent thumb rest (£129 instead of £175) makes the Thumbs Up a better buy in my opinion. As usual with matchTechnical workmanship, the fit is secure and precise. It even has a padded bump to fit precisely into the camera’s thumb indent. I know, too, that it will brass with age and will look beautiful.

With a compact camera such as the Q2 I prefer to use a wrist strap. I spend a lot of time wandering around with the camera dangling in my hands. The Thumbs Up provides a useful hook as well as steadying the camera when in use
With a compact camera such as the Q2, I prefer to use a wrist strap. I spend a lot of time wandering around with the camera dangling in my hands. The Thumbs Up provides a useful hook as well as steadying the camera when in use

On the other hand, my only experience with Leica’s thumb rests — for the CL — has not been wholly positive. It flexes slightly and the hot-shoe slider has just a little too much leeway.

The result is that it moves slightly backwards in the shoe and the grip itself flexes. It also doesn’t feel as solidly made as one of Tim Isaacs models and this is something I discovered only after considerable use. I am tempted to replace it now I have seen just how much better is the matchTechnical Thumbs Up.

Indispensible

After a couple of days with the Thumbs Up mounted on the Q2 I am wondering how I ever managed without it. Holding the camera is a much more pleasant experience. Picture taking requires less effort since the camera is braced against the thumb. And when the camera is used with a wrist strap, the Thumbs Up really comes into its own, providing a convenient hook to enable the camera to be gripped securely.

This really is a case of original is best and I can thoroughly recommend the Q2 Thumbs Up.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps one day I will treat myself to a camera that requires a thumbs up device to help stabilise it. However what drew my attention in the image, wasn’t the thumbs up device, but the amount of dust around the edges of the eyepiece and over the camera.

    Must confess though – it does suit the camera.

    • Yes, I am crap at product photography. I thought I’d given the thing a good clean but when the photos went up I saw all that as well. And they are iPhone pictures. Too lazy to do them again!

      • 😂

        At least I don’t feel alone in this one then, I’ve tried product photography a couple of times and it’s just not my bag.

        • But you’ve touched a raw nerve. When I get back from this morning’s Leica press conference at Selfridges (wonder what that could be about) I might take this pix again after using a duster.

  2. Does the thumb rest interferes with the operation of the dial located to the right. As is, the dial is difficult for me to operate. I can’t see any way around this trade off. Can you share what your experience has shown. Thanks

    • Alan, I have not noticed this as an issue with the Q2. With the CL and the Leica thumb rest, however, is do have issues with tackling the two dials, especially the left-hand one.

      The more I use the Thumbs Up with the Q2 and wrist strap, the more I appreciate the transformation in handling.

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