The Q2 Monochrom is joining Leica’s range of manual-focus rangefinders, including the M Monochrom and the M10 Monochrom. It’s got a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH lens, a 17cm (6.7 in) macro mode and offers improved noise performance and range compared to its brother, the colour Q2. The Q2 Monochrom also has an impressive 47MP sensor that produces exceptionally high-quality black and white images. If you’re a keen photographer who likes to shoot in black and white, this camera is one for your wishlist.
The Leica Q2 Monochrom has been thoughtfully designed. It has a discreet black and grey body swathed in a classic leatherette. It’s not flashy – in fact, it looks underestimated compared to its colour counterpart. The iconic Leica red badge and engraved script on the top of the camera have gone. Instead, there are stylish grey inscriptions on the shutter speed dial and lens, and the camera’s name has been placed around the hot shoe.
The camera has a navigation menu that is simple to use, and it’s exceptionally lightweight. The biggest difference between the Leica Q2 and the Leica Q2 Monochrom is its 47MP sensor. The colour model uses CFA filters to capture information in red, green or blue light, and the processor translates that data to produce a full-colour image. The Leica Q2 Monochrom doesn’t have a CFA filter, so the data captured is ‘true’ tone and there’s no loss of resolution through processing.
The button layout of the Leica Q2 Monochrom is identical to the Leica Q2. The power switch, shutter button and shutter speed dial can all be found on the top of the camera. On the back, you’ll find a four-way controller, a 3″ fixed touchscreen, and the Play, Menu and Function buttons. At the base, there’s a single SD card slot and the battery door. The Q2 Monochrom uses a BP-SCL4 battery, CIPA rated to 350 shots per charge. It also boasts full-frame image quality and increased pixel-level resolution.
This remarkable camera is so simple to operate that even the most amateur photographer will be able to achieve powerful and dramatic black and white imagery.