Leica Q review
I have been a big Leica fan for a while now. My Leica collection has included owning an M6 (at two different points in time), M8 and M240. And I have a feeling I will end up including an M10 or M10P on this list at some point in the future! 😉 When Leica Q was first introduced, I thought it was an interesting camera but not one I would consider buying. The 28mm was way too wide for me (I had only just switched from zooms and 50mm to 35mm), it didn’t offer interchangeable lenses and the price was pretty steep for a ‘compact’ camera. Fast forward three years later, I took the plunge and bought it after playing with one for a few days.
Usually, I don’t get too excited about unboxing cameras, but this was definitely an exception! 😉 Leica’s premium packaging outmatched even Apple’s packaging. I appreciated the meticulous and luxurious attention to detail, especially considering how much it costs. More importantly, I am pleased to say that the camera has an equally premium feel to it. It is truly beautifully designed – clean, minimalistic and high quality. It is simply a good-looking and sharp camera that makes the vast majority of other cameras look and feel either utilitarian, cheap or both 😉 Some reviews spoke of the Leica Q not being as premium or having as solid of a feel as the Leica M. Although the M is a bit bigger and noticeably heavier, I have to disagree with these reviews. If anything, Q feels exactly as I expected versus the M that is too heavy for such a small camera.
The Q doesn’t just look fancy, it is put together really well. When I shot my first wedding with the Q, the strap caught on an edge of a bench and the camera fell two feet before hitting concrete. I was panicked! Luckily, the only damage was a couple scratches on the lens hood. When my Nikon D750 fell on a grass from a similar height, the shutter literally fell apart!
After shooting the majority of this wedding season with the Q, I decided to review my personal experiences with you all. So far, I have used this camera for a couple of engagement sessions, multiple weddings, a couple of short holiday breaks, a fair amount of casual shooting and street photography.