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Leica Camera introduces a Leica Q2 special edition model: The Leica Q2 "Dawn" by Seal is limited to 500 pieces, will cost € 6,350 and is available now.

Leica Camera Debuts Special Edition Camera in Collaboration with Seal

Inspired by iconic song lyrics, Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal embodies the visual poetry of light.

Wetzlar, 21st September 2022. Leica Camera AG unveils the Leica Q2 “Dawn” special edition camera set, designed by Seal, singer, Grammy award-winner and photographer. Paying homage to the soulful lyrics of Seal’s songs, the special edition set celebrates the human connection in the art of making a photograph, shining light on the subjects of a frame – while painting unique perspectives for the artist behind the lens. The Leica Q2 “Dawn” camera’s exquisite, Japanese woven fabric covering is crafted to ensure each of the 500 cameras in the edition is one of a kind. Drawing inspiration from the golden glow of sunrise and the dance between light and shadow, this set is further accentuated by an exclusive scarf, featuring Seal’s handwritten lyrics.

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The Japanese term “komorebi” inspired the covering of the special edition, describing the transparency and interplay of light which occurs when sunlight falls through the tree canopy. The fabric covering, produced by the Japanese brand Hosoo, is marked as a milestone in the art of weaving, with an innovative process using black thread (93 percent polyester) and gold- coloured Japanese paper (7 percent washi).In tune with his music, Seal’s photography evokes emotion, shining light on the beauty and humanity of the moment – aligning with the aesthetic philosophy of the limited edition set. The limited edition scarf featured in the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal set is designed by multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen, who interprets Seal’s lyrics through gold elements on a black background, further exemplifying the impact of light emerging through darkness. The scarf was developed by New York fashion label rag & bone, and produced in Italy. A white variation of the scarf, sold separately from the camera set, will be available in select Leica Stores.

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The set is accompanied by a rope strap, adorned with the handwritten lyric “you became the light on the dark side of me” taken from the song Kiss from a Rose. In addition to the unique iridescent fabric, the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal camera features a black Leica logo, Seal’s engraved signature, and the edition number. The launch of the edition is marked by Seal’s photography exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, on view from 21st September to 31st October 2022. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Annina Roescheisen.

The technical features of the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal are identical to the serial production model, with a 47.3 megapixel, full-frame sensor and the fast Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH. lens. The Leica Q2’s sensor allows a dynamic range of 14 f-stops (at ISO 100) and a colour depth of 14 bits. The camera stores the images in DNG and/or JPEG format, the 4K videos with 30 or 24 frames per second (fps), Cinema 4K films with 24 fps, and full HD recordings with up to 120 fps. Using the digital zoom, photographers are able to extend the 28 mm focal length (47 megapixels) to 35 mm (30 MP), 50 mm (15 MP) and 75 mm (7 MP).

The Q2 “Dawn” by Seal is limited to 500 units. It is available worldwide at Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorized dealers.

 

 

 

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OK, I think it looks quite attractive - subdued compared to Paul Smith and Lenny Kravitz editions. It's in the same price ballpark as the Reporter i.e. a premium over the base model, but not much as limited special editions go. If I hadn't bought my Reporter earlier in the year, I would have been tempted, but would have wanted to see it in the flesh first to make a guess on durability. I would probably pass on the strap.

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28 minutes ago, LocalHero1953 said:

would have wanted to see it in the flesh first to make a guess on durability. I would probably pass on the strap.

You’d be lucky to see one in the flesh, so to speak. If you’re not already aboard the band wagon you’ve probably missed it. I’d just stick to the non-special limited edition Q2, apart from the £500 extra tartness it wouldn’t be any different. 

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11 minutes ago, OThomas said:

You’d be lucky to see one in the flesh, so to speak. If you’re not already aboard the band wagon you’ve probably missed it. I’d just stick to the non-special limited edition Q2, apart from the £500 extra tartness it wouldn’t be any different. 

I received an email invite from Leica to order one. But as I wrote, I'm not interested in it now.

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1 hour ago, luetz said:

Leica! Really!!

Reminds be of the Auto business, build a special edition of the same vehicle to extend it's life with a higher cost until the new model arrives.  Firmware updates would serve the Q/Q2 owners better...

Leica is a company…they serve their owners, not the customers. They are generally not as bad as most in this regard, but these special editions serve exactly the function that you describe in the auto business. 
 

While not for me, this is certainly not one of the worst of them! Would be interested to see what the material is like. I use washi paper in my print studio, and it is a truly amazing material (albeit only 7% of this fabric). It is very durable, but I am curious how it holds up in this usage. 

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5 hours ago, LocalHero1953 said:

I received an email invite from Leica to order one. But as I wrote, I'm not interested in it now.

I said to myself I didn't get one because I am definitely not in the 'target market', but then I checked and I did get one. I clicked on the link and, yes, it was 'out of stock', but I could express an interest, which I don't have anyway. There must be market for these things, but it does not include anyone that I know. 

 

15 minutes ago, earleygallery said:

I think the problem with this one is that others will naturally think you are a massive fan of his music.

I'm hanging out for the Louis Armstrong edition 😀. I do recall that someone launched a camera bag called the 'Satchmo', which was originally short for 'Satchelmouth' in Louis's case (pardon the pun), so there was some relevance for the name appropriation.

Are any of us on this forum 'lifestyle types' or 'fashion victims'? And, yes James, I only went to the Goodwood Revival for the cars. My dressing up consisted of putting a cap on my head which I don't normally do. Hope you took in the night race last Friday. On Saturday I saw a guy dressed up as a 1930s golfer in plus fours etc with a club on his shoulder and a similarly attired guy travelling along just behind him carrying along a golf bag , just like a caddy. I've just had a 'bad thought'. A Goodwood Edition Leica Q? Shock horror! I hope that the Duke of Richmond would not agree to such a thing. 

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14 minutes ago, willeica said:

I said to myself I didn't get one because I am definitely not in the 'target market', but then I checked and I did get one. I clicked on the link and, yes, it was 'out of stock', but I could express an interest, which I don't have anyway. There must be market for these things, but it does not include anyone that I know. 

 

I'm hanging out for the Louis Armstrong edition 😀. I do recall that someone launched a camera bag called the 'Satchmo', which was originally short for 'Satchelmouth' in Louis's case (pardon the pun), so there was some relevance for the name appropriation.

Are any of us on this forum 'lifestyle types' or 'fashion victims'? And, yes James, I only went to the Goodwood Revival for the cars. My dressing up consisted of putting a cap on my head which I don't normally do. Hope you took in the night race last Friday. On Saturday I saw a guy dressed up as a 1930s golfer in plus fours etc with a club on his shoulder and a similarly attired guy travelling along just behind him carrying along a golf bag , just like a caddy. I've just had a 'bad thought'. A Goodwood Edition Leica Q? Shock horror! I hope that the Duke of Richmond would not agree to such a thing. 

William  

Some of the outfits at Goodwood were quite impressive to be fair, but I was only slightly on trend wearing a tweed jacket and a brown trilby. The oddest sights were a chimney sweep and a German guy dressed as Sherlock Holmes (but in a very lurid checked outfit that must have been home made)! I didn't see the golfers.

Yes, I caught the last race and then left while it was still light enough to find the car! A great event.

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I made the mistake of buying a Leica M8.2 Olive Green Safari ... lesson learnt and will never ever buy another 'new' Leica special edition. Damien Demolder (former AP Editor) spotted me using it at a Leica Society meeting; he walked over to me, and commenced "stroking it" with his index finger ... as if to say, 'WTF ... !!! '  I spent part of my 'lump sum' early retirement settlement on the camera. Eventually managed to dispose of it via WestLicht Auction.  

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