Leica has introduced a monochrome version of the popular Leica Q/Q2 compacts. Like those models, it features a 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens and full-frame sensor, only the new model sports a 47MP CMOS sans Bayer filter. The main benefit here over the 40MP Leica M Monochrom, besides the slightly higher pixel count, is the Q2 Monochrom’s autofocus and built-in EVF. The latter allows the user to not only view in B&W of course but more importantly to compose in B&W. While you can do that with the M Monochrom you would have to use the optional Visoflex or compose via the camera’s rear LCD. Both options are less compelling solutions to the Q2M.
At the launch presentation by Leica UK, street photographer Mo Barzegar also touted the Q2’s fast and accurate AF, stating that he had many more ‘keepers’ shot wide open than he could have expected to achieve – something that just isn’t feasible using zone focus on his Leica M246 Monochrom.
The Q2 Monochrom is available now at £4995 /$5995.
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