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Old 11-01-2017   #1
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When was the Q released? No matter. Ever since I have been looking at reviews, You Tube videos and forums like this one. Here, at last, was an almost affordable Leica that seemed to embody everything I wanted in a camera. Then, I realized it might not be available except at inflated prices sold by resellers making a quick profit.

I've been on the fence for months, consoled by the fact that the Q was always back ordered so I couldn't have one even if I consented to spend that princely sum.

Today, I was innocently perusing B&H's web site when suddenly the Leica Q page appeared and it said IN STOCK!

I called and, sure enough, they had three. The crafty salesman, by pretending he didn't care whether I ordered one or not, had me hooked. I told him I'd take one of those three and no thanks on the accessories. Time enough for those later.

I hope it's everything they say it is and nothing more!
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Hey Congrats Dick!

The Q seems like a really nice camera and a Logical direction for a fuji user.
It's form factor and AF really fit with what I would like in a digital camera.
Would love to have a 40-50mm version
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I agree, Andy. I'd settle for a 35mm lens but I'll live and learn with the 28mm.
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Dick, my experience with 28mm happened by mistake. A few years ago on a trip to Europe.
I discovered that I had brought a 28mm lens not the usual 35 I always brought with me before.
Much to my delight the pictures were perfect and it seemed that they gave me what I saw!
I still use the 28 and even a 24 for every day shoots. Hope your experience will be similar or even better.
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Congrats Dick! For sure a good camera and in your hands will deliver great photos!
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Dick, my experience with 28mm happened by mistake. A few years ago on a trip to Europe.
I discovered that I had brought a 28mm lens not the usual 35 I always brought with me before.
Much to my delight the pictures were perfect and it seemed that they gave me what I saw!
I still use the 28 and even a 24 for every day shoots. Hope your experience will be similar or even better.
Good to know,Tony.
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Congrats Dick! For sure a good camera and in your hands will deliver great photos!
Only if you make great photos.
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It's the only Leica that holds any interest for me, I don't think I can justify it, but good to see that they're finally getting out into the world in decent numbers.
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Dick, I see that you're 81. Congrats on that! I'm 74 and the Q is the first new Leica I've bought in over 40 years! The Q is everything that I had hoped for when I bought the M8, M9, and M240....all of which are now in the hands of other photographers.
I tried the Fuji X cameras and they are OK, but the Q has an EVF that just makes me smile every time I bring it up to my eyes. I rarely compose on the LCD display because the EVF is so responsive and accurate. Others have mocked the 28-35-50 cropping switch, but I use it frequently to pre-visualize and compose. Oh, and don't hesitate to shoot and print JPEGs straight out of the Q....they are superb.
Keep shooting and let's see some of your results. Good luck.
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Dick, I see that you're 81. Congrats on that! I'm 74 and the Q is the first new Leica I've bought in over 40 years! The Q is everything that I had hoped for when I bought the M8, M9, and M240....all of which are now in the hands of other photographers.
I tried the Fuji X cameras and they are OK, but the Q has an EVF that just makes me smile every time I bring it up to my eyes. I rarely compose on the LCD display because the EVF is so responsive and accurate. Others have mocked the 28-35-50 cropping switch, but I use it frequently to pre-visualize and compose. Oh, and don't hesitate to shoot and print JPEGs straight out of the Q....they are superb.
Keep shooting and let's see some of your results. Good luck.
Well, it arrived yesterday. The ensuing hours have been devoted to charging the battery, making menu choices and taking a few pictures around the house at night. It's already obvious that the Q cannot negotiate high ISO like my Df and D610, but it does produce a "look" that suggests an M3 and Tri-X to me. I hope to go out sometime today and learn more. Hey, it sure is built like a tank!
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Great! Now we have to keep an eye on the gallery to see your Q photos!
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Nice little camera. Very well-built. I couldn't accept 28mm as an only option, the IQ was not nearly the equal of the output from my Nikons, especially in view of the price. My nostalgia for Leica and the good old days has been satisfied. I returned it today.

But, that's just me.
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Actually that is quite telling that you returned it.
Q lust has been tamped down

It's quite a $ commitment if it does not satisfy.
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Nice little camera. Very well-built. I couldn't accept 28mm as an only option, the IQ was not nearly the equal of the output from my Nikons, especially in view of the price. My nostalgia for Leica and the good old days has been satisfied. I returned it today.

But, that's just me.
At least you will not have to wonder anymore.

It's funny how lust for a camera can so quickly be crushed by reality!

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Nice little camera. Very well-built. I couldn't accept 28mm as an only option, the IQ was not nearly the equal of the output from my Nikons, especially in view of the price. My nostalgia for Leica and the good old days has been satisfied. I returned it today.

But, that's just me.
Well, you had to get it out of your system. I never bought it for the same exact reasons... I just couldn't have a $4250 28mm solution. Now, if Leica ever makes a 50mm version... they will probably bamboozle me into buying it.
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US buyers are very lucky to have this whole 'change your mind send it back' thing happening. US sellers, maybe not so much!

Everywhere else in the world I've ever lived or traveled, when you buy something, you keep it, end of story!

When I had a few Canon EF lenses, I recall reading US buyers multiple ordering lenses to 'get a good one' and then just sending back all the other ones.
Maybe you just 'didn't get a good one' Dick? There were three after all

It's good that you got it out of your system anyway.
I share the 28mm alone won't do it viewpoint, especially in the golden age of the 28mm mobile phone camera.
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US buyers are very lucky to have this whole 'change your mind send it back' thing happening. US sellers, maybe not so much!

Everywhere else in the world I've ever lived or traveled, when you buy something, you keep it, end of story!

When I had a few Canon EF lenses, I recall reading US buyers multiple ordering lenses to 'get a good one' and then just sending back all the other ones.
Maybe you just 'didn't get a good one' Dick? There were three after all

It's good that you got it out of your system anyway.
I share the 28mm alone won't do it viewpoint, especially in the golden age of the 28mm mobile phone camera.
Apart from some categories there are distance selling regulations in the UK (EU?) gives you 14 days cooling off period I think.
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Apart from some categories there are distance selling regulations in the UK (EU?) gives you 14 days cooling off period I think.
Wow. Never knew that one - Google tells me it's an EU thing - the European Consumer Rights Directive. There you go, Qs all round!
Of course I will say nothing about the 'B word'.

No such rights exist in Australia.
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Interesting shared experience, Dick, thanks!

The Q has intrigued me... I like 28mm, and indeed that was the only lens I used on my Cuba trip early this year, and again on a vacation to SW Colorado this Fall. I did not feel handicapped at all, though there were a few occasions a longer lens would have been useful. But there's the problem: I have the 28 Summicron and a Leica M262 to put it on! And, I'm free to put other lenses on it at will... Still, some aspects of the Q are attractive.
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Interesting, I was interested but the 28 mm only stopped me from buying it.

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I keep being tempted by the Q, as there's just a very attractive set of features and design. The 28mm is not a barrier. I find myself frequently satisfied with 28-32mm effective focal lengths. While I like a good RF, my eyesight isn't the best and I do appreciate AF assistance. But I'm not so fond of "live view" which the Q depends upon. OTOH the Q's implementation is said to be extremely good (and not a big drain on the battery), so it might be useful to give it a try.

Yep, this morning I ordered one from PopFlash, a "mint used" one for a bit of cost savings. Since my wife uses a Panasonic GX8, we can share batteries.
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Oh congrats Doug... it's a beautiful camera for sure.
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Nitecore Battery Charger for Leica Q

I have Nitecore battery chargers for the Leica M8/M9 and M240 families. Very handy for travel as they are small and connect to power source via USB stub cable built in. They have some advanced features in conditioning batteries and a small display screen with info about the voltage and mAh, etc.

So I was disappointed that B&H shows the Nitecore charger for Leica Q batteries as "discontinued". But Nitecore's website indicates there's an "updated" version available, so I ordered one. Could be of interest to Q users... (and Sigma and Panasonic users too.) More info at www.nitecore.com

Nitecore Store URL:
http://www.nitecorestore.com/Nitecor...g-nite-ulq.htm

Description: Nitecore ULQ Digital USB Travel Battery Charger for Leica BP-DC12 Camera Batteries

Product code: CHG-NITE-ULQ

Price $59.95 with free shipping.

(I have no commercial connection with them!)
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Oh congrats Doug... it's a beautiful camera for sure.
Thanks! Looking forward to getting acquainted... Any suggestions to share based on experience?
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Interesting Rant, I always learn a lot about a camera when comments are real life. Cheers to RFF!
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Announced, as of May 1st, there is a Leica price increase across the product line. The black Q goes from $4250 to $4495, up $245. Mayday! The timing of my order wasn't too bad...
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