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  1. I haven't seen a soft release on a Q2, so I am inclined to believe that it cannot be used. Personally, I don't see the point anyway (given that in some cases on other cameras, s/r buttons have created problems), but that is besides the point. If I were you, I wouldn't try it unless someone came forward and positively said that it can be done.

  2. 57 minutes ago, rob_w said:

    What a list - who would be a camera designer 😆

    Still, to add my 2p worth.  I would like the cropped image to appear at full size in the viewfinder so I can evaluate it when shooting.  I never did like frame lines on my M.  OTOH I do not want anything I can do afterwards in LR or equivalent, anyway.

    I am SO with you! It is the #1 on the list and it is what I have been asking for all along. I just wish Leica listens and goes for Function over Form (or legacy or fake R/F memorabilia) and offers it at least as an option. It is a no brainer and it can surely be done; you know that when you shoot in DNG+JPG and use the Digital Zoom, the preview image you just captured shows in the entire monitor/EVF! It is just a matter of Leica deciding to stand behind the digital zoom function and make it usable... (Somebody stop me, I am babbling again...)

  3. FIFTH update of requested features:

     

     

    Bug Fixes

    1. Folder renaming after firmware update, i.e. image numbering should continue from the last one taken/named instead of reverting to the beginning and having to jump through hoops to reset...

    2. ...

    Features

    1. Digital Zoom implementation (yes, I know I have mentioned it before...) - give users the option to use the frame lines or the magnification of the image of 35, 50 or 75 mm to fill the screen.

    2. Perspective control a la M series, nothing more to add here!

    3. Real behavior Back Button Focus. AF-On style, like Nikon implementation.

    4. Overlay of a previous photo in the EVF - seems like it could be handy when you are planning to merge shots and don't have a tripod to ensure consistent composition

    5. Metering mode to expose for the highlights (Highlight-weighted metering)

    6. App coupling, for geotagging, to be more reliable (to the person who posted this, a bit more information on this would be nice)

    7. Ability to place Copyright, photographer name, or other user created, short text statement into EXIF data to be saved with image.

    8. Square format offered with the same implementation as the 35, 50 and 75 digital crops.

    9. Eye tracking AF (or at least more stick and smarter face detect). 

    10. Lossless RAW/DNG format.  Smaller JPG file size option (fine vs. standard). 

    11. Correct file size at digital zoom (e.g., 75mm crop at small JPG should yield a 7MP file, not a fraction of small JPG file). 

    12. Bluetooth connection with phone for geotag.

    13. A 65/24 format (panorama) that still retains 50% of megapixels, as per GFX100S.

    14. A focus range limiter, that can be configured to focus within a range 0-5m or something - pop it in FN menu for quick change.

    15. A function where the autofocus is disabled and the camera adjusts the focus such that the DOF reaches infinity. As you are adjusting the aperture, the camera will refocus to always give you the maximal DOF until infinity. Currently, you have to switch to manual focus and adjust the focus such that the infinity symbol is at the right side of the DOF bracket on the lens for a given aperture. Having this automated could be helpful for street and landscape photography.

    16. Allow reduced JPEG resolution for different focal lengths, for example 12MP for every focal length, or reduced MP (like 24MP) for 28mm but still 24MP for 35mm etc. Unfortunately right now you can just change ALL resolutions by a factor. Doesn‘t make sense to change the 75mm to 8MP only because you dont want 45MP 28mm pics

    17. Being able to choose release mode when using AFC. So, focus OR release.

    18. Camera should not refocus between frames in AF-S in burst mode! Currently, burst mode cannot be used! Only the first frame is sharp.

    19. Re-centering of focus by a double click of the centre button on the directional pad. 

    20. In full Auto mode the right wheel would do exposure compensation whereas in manual mode it would do ⅓ steps correcting exposure time. At the moment I have to go into menu each time when I change from Auto to manual.

     

  4. 20 hours ago, thelivingyears said:

    I have no idea whether you are a “simple man” since I don’t know you. But I assume you are not.

    However: it’s not that simple (as you can see from the various threads on this topic - and there are much more).

     

     

    Ι am also assuming that members here are not “simple men” or women for that matter. However, given that even the Q2 may be described as a “niche” camera (fixed, wide angle lens, FF, pretty expensive) and the Q2M way more so, by definition they cater to very specific market segments. If a photographer knows his needs and shooting style, these two are pretty much mutually exclusive options, aren’t they? If money is no option, one could get both just for kicks. However, even in this group, I am pretty certain that money does not grow on trees and one usually (usually, not always) does have to choose. If one is shooting color alongside a majority of shots in B&W, why would they forego that option for a monochrome only sensor? If one is B&W exclusively they could opt for the incremental tonality gains afforded by the Q2M. What other use cases are there?

    I occasionally shoot B&W and converting is fine for me - you can see my work at writelight.net, no complaints about the quality yet, although I realize that the M is better in several lighting conditions. Choosing to shoot B&W (albeit JPEG) with the Q2 puts you in that same “B&W mindset” with the image seen in B&W, as with the Q2M. Again, all this is irrelevant to B&W only shooters:)

  5. I would have never thought that the Q2 vs Q2M would be an issue of contention among members, but right now, on the first page of the forum there are THREE threads with that very topic! I find it incredible:) It is a no brainer for me: if you primarily shoot B&W and are a perfectionist in terms of tonality, go for the Q2M at the expense of any color shot. If not, go for the Q2. It’s that simple really, or else I am a simple man…

  6. 1 hour ago, AndrewDD said:

    I've been in contact with the gnomes of Wetzlar on this, they got back to me but it didn't make it into the last firmware.

    "Touch/Release" focusing has been implemented so that it can't be used when shooting video - the "release" means that, if you touch the screen while shooting video in order to move the focus point, it stops recording! These means that, if you switch between photos & videos a lot (which I do), you keep having to do a deep dive into the menus to change the focus options. It is bad enough that the Q2 has had the video button removed from the Q, but this makes it an absolute pain in the arse for me to use - if I had known, I wouldn't have bought it.

    Sorry to hear that!

    So, should we add it to the list and, if so, how? 

  7. 4 hours ago, vedivv said:

    Thank you for gathering the inputs.  The listed suggestions are great.  Any good way to communicate this to Leica?

    No idea really... The initial goal was to gather the input for features  and bug fixes for the Q2 in one place. Of course the ultimate goal is to get this list to Leica somehow, showing that it reflects more than one person's desires / needs. I could send it to Leica through the official channel that they use, but I doubt that it will fare any better than a single person's request. If there is no other way that a forum member can think of, that is what I will do and hope for the best:)

  8. Fourth update of requested features:

    Bug Fixes

    1. Folder renaming after firmware update, i.e. image numbering should continue from the last one taken/named instead of reverting to the beginning and having to jump through hoops to reset...

     

    Features

    1. Digital Zoom implementation (yes, I know I have mentioned it before...) - give users the option to use the frame lines or the magnification of the image of 35, 50 or 75 mm to fill the screen.

    2. Perspective control a la M series, nothing more to add here!

    3. Real behavior Back Button Focus. AF-On style, like Nikon implementation.

    4. Overlay of a previous photo in the EVF - seems like it could be handy when you are planning to merge shots and don't have a tripod to ensure consistent composition

    5. Metering mode to expose for the highlights (Highlight-weighted metering)

    6. App coupling, for geotagging, to be more reliable (to the person who posted this, a bit more information on this would be nice)

    7. Ability to place Copyright, photographer name, or other user created, short text statement into EXIF data to be saved with image.

    8. Square format offered with the same implementation as the 35, 50 and 75 digital crops.

    9. Eye tracking AF (or at least more stick and smarter face detect). 

    10. Lossless RAW/DNG format.  Smaller JPG file size option (fine vs. standard). 

    11. Correct file size at digital zoom (e.g., 75mm crop at small JPG should yield a 7MP file, not a fraction of small JPG file). 

    12. Bluetooth connection with phone for geotag.

    13. 65/24 format (panorama) that still retains 50% of your megapixels, as per GFX100S.

    14. Focus range limiter, that can be configured to focus within a range 0-5m or something - pop it in FN menu for quick change.

    15. Autofocus is disabled and the camera adjusts the focus such that the DOF reaches infinity. As you are adjusting the aperture, the camera will refocus to always give you the maximal DOF until infinity. Currently, you have to switch to manual focus and adjust the focus such that the infinity symbol is at the right side of the DOF bracket on the lens for a given aperture. Having this automated could be helpful for street and landscape photography...

    16. Allow reduced JPEG resolution for different focal lengths, for example 12MP for every focal length, or reduced MP (like 24MP) for 28mm but still 24MP for 35mm etc.

     

     

  9. Third update of requested features:

    Bug Fixes

    1. Folder renaming after firmware update, i.e. image numbering should continue from the last one taken/named instead of reverting to the beginning and having to jump through hoops to reset...

    2. ...

    Features

    1. Digital Zoom implementation (yes, I know I have mentioned it before...) - give users the option to use the frame lines or the magnification of the image of 35, 50 or 75 mm to fill the screen.

    2. Perspective control a la M series, nothing more to add here!

    3. Real behavior Back Button Focus. AF-On style, like Nikon implementation.

    4. Overlay of a previous photo in the EVF - seems like it could be handy when you are planning to merge shots and don't have a tripod to ensure consistent composition

    5. Metering mode to expose for the highlights (Highlight-weighted metering)

    6. App coupling, for geotagging, to be more reliable (to the person who posted this, a bit more information on this would be nice)

    7. Ability to place Copyright, photographer name, or other user created, short text statement into EXIF data to be saved with image.

    8. Square format offered with the same implementation as the 35, 50 and 75 digital crops.

    9. Eye tracking AF (or at least more stick and smarter face detect). 

    10. Lossless RAW/DNG format.  Smaller JPG file size option (fine vs. standard). 

    11. Correct file size at digital zoom (e.g., 75mm crop at small JPG should yield a 7MP file, not a fraction of small JPG file). 

    12. Bluetooth connection with phone for geotag.

  10.  

    Second update of features with everything so far:

    Bug Fixes

    1. Folder renaming after firmware update, i.e. image numbering should continue from the last one taken/named instead of reverting to the beginning and having to jump through hoops to reset...

    2. ...

    Features

    1. Digital Zoom implementation (yes, I know I have mentioned it before...) - give users the option to use the frame lines or the magnification of the image of 35, 50 or 75 mm to fill the screen.

    2. Perspective control a la M series, nothing more to add here!

    3. Real behavior Back Button Focus. AF-On style, like Nikon implementation.

    4. Overlay of a previous photo in the EVF - seems like it could be handy when you are planning to merge shots and don't have a tripod to ensure consistent composition

    5. Metering mode to expose for the highlights (Highlight-weighted metering)

    6. App coupling, for geotagging, to be more reliable (to the person who posted this, a bit more information on this would be nice)

    7. Ability to place Copyright, photographer name, or other user created, short text statement into EXIF data to be saved with image.

    8. Square format offered with the same implementation as the 35, 50 and 75 digital crops.

  11. 20 hours ago, trickness said:

    To each his own - but are you saying you wouldn’t rather have it included with the purchase of the camera? 

    I 'd rather have everything included along with the kitchen sink and my grandpa. But as this is never the case, I am looking for incremental utility out of the one camera I have and love, so paying for something extra (that came in as a feature after the Q2's introduction anyway) doesn't sound all that bad anyway. And to put it all in perspective, I am not saying I'd pay 500 dollars for it, but if it was something reasonable (~100 dollars for the digital zoom implementation for example), I'd pay it in a heartbeat.

  12. 2 hours ago, trickness said:

    Unique camera features/functionality are the bedrock of competitive advantage, key differentiators and a marketing/sales tool. Bake it into the price of the camera. They already keep jacking the price of bodies up almost every year to the point where it’s nine grand to get a new M. You really wanna have to pay more money for firmware features on that camera, when similar functionality will very likely be included on bodies that are half the money or less from other manufacturers? Paying more money for better glass or a unique shooting experience is one thing, paying for software upgrades is quite another. Ask people how much they like paying subscription fees for Adobe cloud.

    Different strokes for different folks:) Between not having a feature I need / want and paying for having it, I choose the latter.  I  invested in Leica; not looking to switch to other manufacturer for a feature or two. Don't mind the incremental cost if It does the trick for me and the camera I like 95% of the time:)

  13. I had an X100F and a Q2, so not exactly what you are describing but relatively close. I ended up selling the X100F and decided have the Q2 as my only camera. In retrospect it was a good decision, but having said that, this varies greatly from one photographer to the other, depending on priorities, photographic and other (as you mentioned).

    The Q2 has a leg up on the Q and Q-P (and the X100 variants) being a 47mp camera. The V has that redesigned lens (no softness wide open anymore at the possible expense of loss of character) and it has the tilt screen, which I would love to have. So, it is in a sense an apples to oranges question, but in a broader context where all cameras are in competition with one another for your money, I see the point.

    To make a long story short, if I were faced with your predicament I would approach it this way:

    - Is money my #1 priority? if so, sell the Q in favour of the X100V, pocket the balance and spend it on your bike. If not, read on!

    - Is IQ my #1 priority? If so, the Q-P, being a FF camera with a stellar lens has higher IQ than the X100V, so I would stick with it. If not, read on!

    - Is pocketability my #1 priority? If so, how do I define it, in the narrow or broader sense? The X100V is truly pocketable, but the Q is not a behemoth either. Your pick here.

    At the end of the day, I believe that it is up to you and your specific needs and desires, i.e. there is no right or wrong answer here. If there was, we would all end up with the same camera. If you are into street photography and being discreet is your thing, the X100V excels in that. If you shoot JPG and would use the film simulations, the same. If you shoot RAW and do PP as part of your regular workflow, the Q will probably serve you better. Last, but not least, a lot of people complain about Fuji's menu system (I am not one of them incidentally), but if you like a clutter-free, no frills menu concept, the Leica is better by a mile. As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you carry with you more. And we all tend to carry the camera we actually like / love to shoot with, capabilities / features / bells / whistles notwithstanding!

  14. I took that same survey and I answered positively to that comment. I see your point about nickel and diming their customers, but at the end of the day, if a feature is over and above what they had in mind to include in a firmware update, I consider it fair for them to charge. It is the client's prerogative whether to pay or not for the feature. This would add a bit of complexity, but we could have cameras that are more closely matched to our needs without the need to search elsewhere. Adding a feature from a more premium line to "lesser" lines does have its problems of course, but doing it this way may alleviate some of these problems. 

  15. 16 hours ago, insomnia said:

    They are probanly still trying to figure out how to extract money from such a feature addition.

    Oh I know they are and that's fine in my book. They are in business to make money. There was a line of questions in a Leica questionnaire not too long ago that was sort of pointing to this direction. I, for one, would be willing to pay for features through firmware if said features added significantly to the functionality of the camera; I see nothing wrong with that. Perspective control may or may not be that kind of feature for me, but a different digital zoom implementation would most definitely is. After all, this is an expensive tool / toy and I would like to extract as much utility / fun from it as possible and I know that there may be a price for that:)

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