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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6 Comments

John Ricard's picture

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.

Nick Rains's picture

LOL, nice one!

Henry Beckmeyer's picture

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

Nick Rains's picture

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

Henry Beckmeyer's picture

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

Guy Buckingham's picture

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.