Sunday, August 16, 2015


Leica Q

EISA, the European Imaging and Sound Association awarded the Leica Q with their European Premium Compact Camera Award for 2015-2016.  They write:

The Leica Q is a truly impressive camera that combines state-of-the-art technology with a classic design. The 28-mm wide-angle lens is incredibly sharp and the fast electronic shutter allows shooting even at the full aperture of f / 1.7 in bright sunshine. The full-frame sensor with 24 million pixels delivers superb image quality even at high ISO settings and the traditional dials allow for intuitive photography. The electronic viewfinder with 3.7 million pixels allows manual focusing with the very smoothly turning focusing ring, while the touch screen simplifies focusing off-center subjects. Despite the high price, all these elements together make the Q the best digital camera Leica has ever built.


High praise indeed, and deservedly so.  Of course the rumor mills already are busy trying to predict what is next. A Q Zoom and a Q with interchangeable lenses?  Let’s wait and see.  New models probably aren’t all that far in the future.  The Leitz years it used to take for new Leica products to appear have grown considerably shorter.


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  1. Luis A Guevara wrote:
    Very appealing ,to be sure, but with fixed lens that is not wide enough and a questionable sensor rumored to be made,of all places, in Israel.

    Lots of us were enamored of a French sensor and a true Summilux lens 24f1.4 ,not a lens designed and made in Japan.

    1. Heinz Richter So you are questioning the camera because of unsubstantiated rumors of having an Israel made sensor and the false assumption that the lens was designed and made in Japan? The lens is an entirely, in-house product, designed and made in Wetzlar. The camera has also proven to be of a performance level previously unattainable by any other camera of this type.

    2. Lens not wide enough? Nobdy makes a camera with a fixed lens that is wider than 26mm. Come to think of it, nobody makes a camera like the Q, nobody.

    3. I'll never understand why anyone would heap that kind of criticism if it is solely based on rumors.

    4. Even if those rumors were correct, what is the basis of such criticism in view of the fact that every test report of the Q has heaped nothing but praise on the camera, in many cases to the extend of calling the Q the best fixed lens, mirrorless camera on the market.

    5. It is also interesting to note that the sensor in the Leica M (Typ 240) is sourced from CMOSIS, a French company, but it is made in Belgium. As for the origin of the Leica Q sensor, all reports about this are pure rumors and speculation. So far Leica has only said that the sensor is not the same as in the Leica M, but they have not given any further explanation about the manufacturer as well as the country of origin.
      It does not matter anyway. Whatever goes into a Leica and onto a Leica, like lenses, all are designed and manufactured to Leica specifications and tolerances. Where these specifications and tolerances are being adhered to is inconsequential. It is those specifications and tolerances which assure that a Leica is a Leica or that a Leica lens performs like one would expect from a Leica lens. The country of origin has nothing to do with that.
      I heard the same arguments, and still do, by questioning if the Leitz Canada lenses are as good as the ones made in Germany. The many lenses that have come out of Canada for so many years have definitely proven any of the naysayers wrong. As a matter of fact, for quite some time, all Leica lenses were designed in Canada by Prof. Dr. Mandler who used to be the chief lens designer in Wetzlar until Leitz "loaned" him to Canada to work on a classified line of lenses for the US Navy. He liked it so much in Canada (Midland, Ontario), that he decided to stay and retire there.