Essentially, this is a high class and modernized version of the Ricoh GR. I would hope that Sony would likewise provide a 15mm lens as an add on adapter.Leica Q unveiled with 24MP full-frame sensor and fixed 28mm F1.7 lens:
Jerome,The Ricoh GR uses an 16x24mm sensor and its lens is only f/2.8, so you get much less depth of field control than on the Leica with a 24x36mm sensor and a lens open at f/1.8. I would think that the real competitor is the Sony RX-1 (24x36mm sensor, 35mm f/2.0 lens).
What makes the Leica Q unique are the ergonomics. It seems it is modelled after the M series, but with a fixed lens and AF instead of a telemeter. It has a viewfinder in the left corner (electronic) and traditional controls for shutter speed, aperture and focus. That last point is especially important for someone wanting to use manual focus to a pre-set zone, what is impossible to do with the RX-1.
Jerome,True: 28mm is a very useful focal length.
The Leica Q apparently includes a built-in framing reference for 35mm and 50mm.
Asher, you said above that you intend to concentrate on a single focal length. For this, you don't need a backpack of lenses, just a single camera with a prime. Whatever camera-lens combination you choose, I don't think the weight will be much different if you limit yourself to a single camera and a prime lens.It's great to have such choices at really usefully low weight forms. Goodbye back-ache and lugging a backpack of lenses!
Exactly!Asher, you said above that you intend to concentrate on a single focal length. For this, you don't need a backpack of lenses, just a single camera with a prime. Whatever camera-lens combination you choose, I don't think the weight will be much different if you limit yourself to a single camera and a prime lens.
but not plenty of money ... )The A7RII (which will only be available later this summer) with a Leica Summicron 2.8 is certainly an interesting proposal. The Leica Q adds stabilisation, faster aperture, AF and generally better ergonomics.
Other possibilities for a comparable single focal length 24x36 camera include:
-the Sony RX1r (35mm 2.0), with its optional viewfinder
-a Leica M with a Summicron 2.0 (most similar to the Leica Q, but heavier and not stabilised)
-or even the Sony A7-II with the SEL28f20 lens (same resolution, same focal length and aperture and stabilisation, but a bit heavier).
Luckily for us, we have plenty of choice.
Wolfgang,but not plenty of money ... )
I omitted the price of the cited cameras in this discussion.but not plenty of money ... )