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  1. I've had my Q for about a year now. The 28mm lens isn't a big problem. I can always crop later. 24MP gives me a fair amount of chop space. For street shooting, it's a great lens. It gets the environment, and if one is a little nervous about sticking it in someone's face, just aim off to one side and the subject will still be in the shot. But, you know, it is what it is. Wanting a different length or a tiltscreen or this or that doesn't change the fact that it is a bloody good camera, and one that is much loved.
  2. I dangle my Q by the wrist-strap and it hangs petty much vertical, slightly tilted forward. You're saying that if the lens were of uniform density, and thin enough - like a rigid stick of spaghetti - and I dangled it over a deep enough chasm, the body would be horizontal because the centre of mass would lie a long way down the long skinny lens.
  3. True, that. I was looking at Leica's prices for similar lenses, but of course they could be good for decades. I've got a Leica lens from 1967, for example. Fifty years on and it works fine. Much as I love my Q, I suspect that in fifty years time it will no longer be good for frontline photography.
  4. It is one sweet lens. You basically pay for the lens (judging by Leica's pricing of similar M lenses) and get the camera thrown in for free. And the Q is one sweet camera. It's so good that Leica must surely be working on something similar to mount interchangeable lenses. Without being as pig-ugly as the SL. It was noted above that the 28mm ƒ1.7 lens of the Q was about as small as they could get for the package; a 35mm or 50mm would be bigger and heavier. Whatever. I'll take a very close look at whatever comes along next, that's for sure.
  5. That would only have an effect if we were able to somehow remove the lens from the body. Both would then have different centres of mass. As a unit, there is only one centre of mass, and it is not within the body's footprint. The shape of the lens is immaterial. It could be long and skinny - a metre long, maybe, and the centre of mass would not move a micron so long as the joining point and lens axis remained the same. Looking at some discrete Leica lenses from the 2000s, we have the following weights: Elmarit-M 28mm ƒ2.8 ASPH: 180g Summicron-M 28mm ƒ2 ASPH: 270g Summilux-M 28mm ƒ1.4
  6. Well, just sit your Q on the table. It will lean forward. That tells you that the centre of gravity must be forward of the front edge of the camera, and the lens is therefore heavier than the body. Together they weigh 640g, so it follows that the lens itself must weigh at least 320g. The Samyang lens I have on my A7ii is listed at 80g, and is thus lighter than the Q's lens. Q ED
  7. Yes. As it happens I took three cameras out for a comparison yesterday. There are two photos in this Flickr album, one from my Q, and one from an A7ii with a native Samyang 35mm/ƒ2.8. For that situation, I think they are quite comparable. The Samyang is the same diameter as the Q's lens, but about 60% of the length. But size doesn't necessarily indicate quality. I've had Canon kit lenses which are way bigger and very so-so in terms of IQ.
  8. Just quietly, but the Q lens isn't *that* compact. Fabulous lens, but I've got other lenses of similar focal length and aperture which are smaller and lighter.
  9. Let's see. I've got a: Q. Love it. Would love it even more with a tilt screen and interchangeable lenses. 109. Perfect travel camera. Complements the Q very well for all but super long range stuff. C. Looks nice. Struggles when the going gets tough. On paper it's fabulous, in practice, not so much. A7ii with M adaptor. Ouch. Yes, it does the job, but it is a joyless experience. Olympus Pen-F with M adaptor. Looks great, performs well. Crop sensor so it gives me more range, but takes away on the IQ side. And removed any desire for the CL. I'm guessing the C-Lux will be midway between C an
  10. It might work for you and some, but it won't work for most. Canon has their Eos M series of mirrorless crop cameras, which are basically their entry level DSLRs without a mirror and a native lens set smaller than their EF and EFS lines. The bigger lenses can be mounted on the M with an adaptor, but then they are unbalanced and awkward and need more grip than the small bodies can provide. A similar example is in the digital backs like the Olympus Air, where a smartphone remotely operates the camera which is just a sensor that you stick on the back of a lens. Or the smartphone may be attache
  11. Yeah, but the SL is big and ugly. Half the fun of shooting Leica is that the cameras are beautiful.
  12. Heaven forfend that Leica should sell more cameras! If someone doesn't buy an SL because they bought an ML/QL why should Leica care?
  13. Japan will open the eyes. In that way that sparkles the mind and lifts the spirit. Having a good camera to capture the feeling is priceless. Not just a good camera. A great camera. One with grace and harmony. Give you joy of your son!
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