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I'm wondering if anyone could comment on the likely durability of the Q-P finish relative to the basic black Q?  I originally thought the Q-P was fully black anodized but what I am reading from both Leica's own literature and comments of others (here and elsewhere) is that the body is a matte black paint courtesy of the Swiss company ILAG but, that the lens itself is anodized. I'm not near a dealer so I can't check it out for myself, but the online photos make the lens finish look an awful lot like the body finish - a neat trick if they indeed are anodized vs paint.

In any event, the ILAG finish is referred to as a "high resistance lacquer" that is "especially resilient".  That is a fairly qualitative assessment as far as I'm concerned. I don't expect it to be bullet proof, more a question of how resilient relative to the basic Q finish and how it might wear over time - perhaps scratches on the matte paint finish might appear more prominent. It seems the finish on the Monochrom stealth edition is the same/similar paint. Maybe both cameras haven't been in people's hands long enough to see how they hold up after much kicking around.

A first world problem to be sure but all things being equal I much prefer the look of the Q-P. I should probably be more concerned with waiting to see what an eventual Q2 might bring.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Mark Lyka said:

My silver Q is showing no signs of paint wear after a year.  I'm sure all of the finishes are durable.

Silver is not paint.

 

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I think durablility has nothing to do with useability. The only thing that could be of interest is the (dark) red lettering on the Q-P lens compared to the orange lettering in the Q. Dark red is less easy to read in the twilight....

 

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Agreed, except for the fact that the matte paint finish on the Q-P is indeed being characterized as lending more "grip" to the camera. In that case the finish - if it is more durable - also has a usability advantage.

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The Q-P finish has a very appealing industrial precision quality to it that the standard black Q doesn’t. I also prefer the tactility of the smaller shutter button on the Q-P. 

These are initial impressions from handling in store only. However if I could afford to purchase one, it would be the Q-P without a doubt. 

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Had mine pretty much since launch. I have no reason to believe the specialist Matt paint finish made by Industrielack AG in Switzerland is anything less than very durable. Others have noted that the finish picks up marks from fingernails, but I haven’t had this experience. I have added a Q Protector to mine.

(In my experience the least durable finish was the Q Titanium which was not titanium plating (like the M6 and M6TTL Titans), but a (quite soft) titanium coloured  paint).

I note that some dealers (in the UK at least) are now reducing the Q-P price by 10% which makes it an even more attractive prospect if you’re not hanging on for the Q2.

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Take a look at some of the used Qs on eBay.  A few of the black Qs show wear through on the sharp edges, but it’s minimal.  I bought the anodized silver specifically for the wear resistance. In most collectible things, patina adds value.

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21 hours ago, jcraf said:

Had mine pretty much since launch. I have no reason to believe the specialist Matt paint finish made by Industrielack AG in Switzerland is anything less than very durable. Others have noted that the finish picks up marks from fingernails, but I haven’t had this experience. I have added a Q Protector to mine.

(In my experience the least durable finish was the Q Titanium which was not titanium plating (like the M6 and M6TTL Titans), but a (quite soft) titanium coloured  paint).

I note that some dealers (in the UK at least) are now reducing the Q-P price by 10% which makes it an even more attractive prospect if you’re not hanging on for the Q2.

HI, Can you tell me where you have seen a Q-P less than RRP as I’ve been looking for one.

 

 

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If you have a look at the Leica UK dealers websites, a few have already discounted to around 10% below the original UK RRP of £4100, at around £3690.  I don't want to advertise specific dealerships here, but Google is your friend. Still a bit dearer than a standard black Q by about £190 but bear in mind the extra battery, bespoke strap, beautiful finish, and a year's subscription to LHSA digital, and it's a no-brainer IMO.

I have no idea if this discounting on the Q-P is occuring elsewhere in the world.

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I've had my QP since launch - while my original Q had many signs of use - so far my QP shows absolutely ZERO signs of use. It seems to be incredibly durable to me.

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