Leica Q2 M or Leica Q2

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Robgo2 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,315
Re: Leica Q2 M or Leica Q2

gsmith08 wrote:

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brick33308 wrote:

Robgo2 wrote:

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I own (and love) my Q2. It is an amazing street camera. I frequently convert the color images to B&W in ON1 Photo RAW. The results are excellent. About two weeks ago, I surrendered to GAS and purchased a Q2M. What I have learned is that everything that M-Monochrom users have been saying for years is true. The difference in B&W image quality is real and it is not trivial. This difference is due to a combination of detail, sharpness and especially tonality. There seems to be almost no limit to how far shadows can be pulled. Some of the prints I have made are astounding. The images almost fly off the paper. Even my wife is impressed. Her immediate response was "Wow!"

Is the Q2M worth its lofty price? For me it is, but I can speak only for myself. In any case, one needs to have a second camera (preferably with interchangeable lenses) for color shooting. In addition to the Q2, I have a CL with a nice set of lenses.

I'm glad you're enjoying it. But let's be real, how many people laying out that price are going to say "I hate it"?

Also can you elaborate exactly what you mean by tonality and how it differs from that of your Q2?

Nope, I'm not going to try to describe the tonality.

I wonder why especially since you made such a point of it in your prior post.

I emphasized that the tonality was exceptional and that shadows seem to have limitless detail. I would add that the prints have a presence and a beautiful radiance that exceeds what I have previously been able to achieve in my B&W conversion images from the Q2. Now my description may mean nothing until you actually see Q2M images for yourself. You may agree with me or disagree. Or you may decide that the difference is real but not important enough to justify the expense. Get your hands on a Q2M, and decide for yourself.

Ok Rob you convinced me being a long time Zone 10, b&w view camera, landscape photographer that the Q2M is the way to go and in no small part due to your comments on tonality. BTW, my color camera is a Hasselblad X1DII.

The question I have is I am never without a good set of b&w filters and especially a yellow #2. Leica as a new E49 Yellow Filter for $150 or maybe a B+W 49mm Yellow MRC 022M Filter which is a lot cheaper. Do you use filters and what do you recommend?


Gale, unlike others who have responded, I have no prior experience with shooting B&W film, so I am not an expert on the subject of filters. I can tell you that I am using a light yellow Heliopan filter for general shooting. I am awaiting delivery of medium yellow and orange B+W filters. It seems that better quality filters are in short supply these days, possibly due to supply line delays. My Leica dealer advised against the Leica color filters, more because of poor quality than the ridiculous price.

I hope that you like the QM2, as I feel responsible for your decision to buy it. If you do not, call my lawyer.

Addendum:  With regard to tonality, be sure not to overexpose, as the possibility of recovering blown highlights is poor with a monochrome sensor.  I always use the live histogram to get correct exposure.

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