With stunning optics and Leica’s classic name-brand reputation, this capturing machine is a tool needed for every camera bag. A camera so clean, unassuming, and compact — I’ve never thought I’d love black and white photography as much as I do now.
This beautiful Leica Q2 Monochrom is their latest dedicated black and white camera to join the M Monochrom and the M10 monochrom manual-focus rangefinders. Boasting a 47MP sensor that produces black and white images, it also features a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH lens with a 17cm macro mode. Also having tested the Q2, I’ve undoubtedly noticed it having a better dynamic range and noise performance compared to the color version. Dedicated specifically to black and white photographers, this tool might not be for everyone, but it’s certainly made for those who value deeply emotional and wildly captivating frames in a honest, yet niche manner.
What We Love:
Completely Monochrome, Totally Niche
It forces you to capture a specific kind of honest image, parting ways with unrefined creativity.
The fixed lens invites the scene to develop within your frame naturally.
Dynamic Range Is Gorgeous
The highlights are bright, while shadows are clean (not muddy or muted). I dig a photo with noticeable contrast.
What It Has
- ISO range of 100 – 100000
- Up to 4K/30p, 1080/120p video capture
- Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities with Leica Fotos app
- Additional toning settings (sepia, blue, selenium)
What It Does
- Holds excellent Dynamic range
- Boasts a higher ISO for darker scenes
- Low noise performance
- Monochromatic captures
- 47.3 MP CMOS Monochrome Sensor
- 3.68MP OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.76x magnification
- 3" touchscreen with 1.04 million dots
- 60s – 1/2000s (mechanical); 1s – 1/40,000s (electronic)
- 28 mm F1.7 ASPH lens with 11 elements, 3 aspherical
- Splash and dust resistant body up to IP52
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