The indefatigable Ken Rockwell has turned his attention to the Leica Q2 and he is smitten. Never knowingly without a strong opinion, especially on the origin of a camera, Ken tells us that the Q2 is “both immortal as well as practical and inexpensive, which is why it’s so wildly popular.” What he means by “inexpensive” is in comparison with other full-frame Leicas such as the M or the SL, both of which cost more and require a very costly lens to compete with the Q or Q2.
I’ve made the same point many times before. 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. The fact that the Q2 combines a camera and a lens that, arguably, performs as well as those M optics, is a remarkable achievement. By that yardstick, the Q2 – costing £4,375 – is something of a bargain. In Leica’s parallel universe, that is.
According to Ken, “the Q2 is worlds ahead of everything from Fuji or Sony because the Q2 handles so much more brilliantly. 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. 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. The Q2 just gets out of my way more than I had ever expected. Bravo!”
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.
It isn’t all good news, though, because Ken points out some of the Q2’s failings. Read the full report here.
Mike’s little gallery of Q2 images
From holiday snaps to product launches and a wide range of interesting events during 2019, the wide-angle lens of the Q2 copes with everything. And with the 47MP sensor of the new model, cropping to 35mm, 50mm or, even, 75mm equivalent is both practical and rewarding.