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A Review of the Leica Q2 Monochrom From a Film and Digital Leica Enthusiast

Who doesn't love a good black and white photo? How about a black and white only digital camera? How about a black and white only digital camera with a fixed lens? Sounds great, right?

In this video, Matt Day reviews the Leica Q2 Monochrom, Leica's newest black and white only digital camera. Mr. Day does a great job walking you through the pros and cons of having a camera that only shoots in black and white compared to any other camera which just has a black and white mode. I must admit that I didn't quite realize just how much of the sensor's abilities were hindered by the sensor's design for shooting in color. It was a fascinating watch for me if for no other reason than the educational aspect. 

For those that are not familiar, the Q2 marks Leica's second foray into the monochrome digital world; their first being the Leica M10 Monochrom. While I've personally never shot with either of Leica's Monochrom series cameras, I have once toyed around with the Leica Q2. In all honesty, I thought for sure I would dislike that camera on every level and wouldn't ever understand the purpose for it but I was pleasantly surprised as to how much fun it was to use and just how much I liked the photos that came from it - and that's despite the wide focal length which I generally don't care for much. 

Part of me wonders (maybe even hopes?) that other manufacturers follow suit and also start making black and white only digital cameras but I wouldn't be surprised if it remains a Leica-only offering. What are your thoughts on black and white only cameras?

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Madison is a mathematician turned statistician based out of Columbus, OH. He fell back in love with film years ago while living in Charleston, SC and hasn't looked back since. In early 2019 he started a website about film photography.

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Since I'm this will be the first comment, let's just get this obligatory comment out of the way: This camera is expensive. You can buy a much cheaper camera from Godox. No-one should buy something expensive when there is a cheaper option.

LOL, nice one!

Actually, this is Leica’s fourth Monochrom camera. A tiny bit of research would have been nice.

The M-Monochrom was the first foray, the Q2M the second. Two camera product lines - that's what the author meant.

Nope. The author specifically mentions the M10M as Leica's first foray into “monochrome”. That’s not correct.

I thought the review good. It allowed me to tell if the camera would be good for my use—the reason most would need a review. As an aside, I can remember teaching junior high kids one day. They debated whether it was 23 steps versus 26 steps to get to another classroom, arguing how to count a floor landing. I was reminded of that when I read comments about the exact number of b&w camera models... Think of the time and effort to do a review, and this is what you allow out of your brains as comments.