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A new Leica Q in the horizon?

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I'm thinking about the Q as a back-up camera and to carry with me on lighter trips instead of my M's.

 

Does anyone know when the successor to the current Leica Q will hit the market?

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The answer to the question as posed has to be “no, unless you happen to work in the appropriate department in Wetzlar”. Even then I expect nobody there “knows”! There’s always greener grass round the corner but I find the grass now very green.

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I think that there will not be a replacement very soon an the sensor is still very good and also the basis for the brand new M10. If there will be a new full format sensor in the pipeline for the q, then I think they won’t put the current one in the M10 as then the M10 will be a old camera compared to a new Q.

 

 

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You could always dream about new gear. Leica have product lines that in some ways collide. Making a new q with interchangeable lenses clash with the SL and the M. The smaller sensor models ( x and the Panasonic derivatives) clash with with a model q with a zoom lens. None the less, my dream would be a model qz , a q with a 40 to 120 mm. 2,8 zoom. Making both the q and the zoom q available to a price 30 % lower than the q today, would make both models more competitive. 24 megapixels is adequate, no need for joining the pixelcounting race for this type of camera.

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What they said.

 

Though would be more than happy with a 35mm.

 

28mm is nice but never really saw the point in blazing fast autofocus for such a wide field of view. Such speed would be more useful for the 35 or 50, which may also bring the lens size down a notch...

 

What he said

(Hope you're listening, Leica)

 

Pete

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Any new Q needs only to address 3 upgrading issues, and the last competively most important. fixed 35mm lens, sensor mp to 40,000 or more, and upgrading video to 4K.

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My typing error in prio post....shoulda have read: Any new Q needs only to address 3 upgrading issues, and the last 2 competively most important. fixed 35mm lens, sensor mp to 40,000 or more, and upgrading video to 4K.

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I disagree with the '3 thing fix'. 24 mp sensor is plenty for me. 30-36 would be ok. I would prefer the Q had no video function at all. 35mm - or even 40mm would be nice but  i've really come to appreciate the extra width in a carry everywhere camera. I've used a fuji x100 a good deal and there are more times i wish it was a little wider then there are times i wish my Q was a little tighter.  I would like to see the new Q take some cues from the M10 - simpler button and menu layout and maybe the iso dial. But regardless I'm 99% satisfied with the current iteration.

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I've used a fuji x100 a good deal and there are more times i wish it was a little wider then there are times i wish my Q was a little tighter. 

 

 

I had exactly the same experience.  Also, I don't mind cropping Q images if I want something a bit tighter.

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I loved the Q, but needed more versatility of interchangeable lenses. The idea of a 50mm Q with crops for 75mm and 90mm would be amazing. Even a 35mm with 50mm/75mm would bring in a lot of new Leica fans. Until then, the CL has been a great camera for me professionally as an alternative. The build quality is imo, more solid than the Q and the EVF is outstanding! The popularity of Leica's AF cameras must have them considering another Q model.

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What they said.

 

Though would be more than happy with a 35mm.

 

28mm is nice but never really saw the point in blazing fast autofocus for such a wide field of view. Such speed would be more useful for the 35 or 50, which may also bring the lens size down a notch...

 

What he said

They went with 28 partly because it was the most compact. A 35 or 50 is going to be larger.

 

I don’t think there will be any other Q model.

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I loved the Q, but needed more versatility of interchangeable lenses. The idea of a 50mm Q with crops for 75mm and 90mm would be amazing. Even a 35mm with 50mm/75mm would bring in a lot of new Leica fans. Until then, the CL has been a great camera for me professionally as an alternative. The build quality is imo, more solid than the Q and the EVF is outstanding! The popularity of Leica's AF cameras must have them considering another Q model.

 

Fortunately the Q's image quality is sufficient to use the 50mm virtual framing and have enough quality (8 meg?) for printing & publishing images.

The "holy grail" for the Q would be a sensor as dense as the Canon 5DS (50 meg?) and some serious processing horsepower.

We all know that 8~12 Meg gives us very good real world images (not for pixel peepers, but they don't sell images).

With the 5DS sensor, extreme crops are very printable.  

Perhaps a "frame line" lever/dial could go from 28mm up to 75/90mm -- then the EVF would display the crop.  The 28 1.7 "lux" probably has the resolution for a 50mp sensor.

I haven't done the math and I am not an optics engineer -- and I do not know what effect severe cropping might have on DoF versus a real 90mm.

 

I would love my Q shooting as if I had 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 primes with me!

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