This won’t take long. I’m totally screwed. I’m at a friend’s house and he’s a LEICA GUY. But he’s an actual working photographer, which makes him the unicorn in the Leica world. He’s uber smart, can do anything with his hands or brain. He can write code, replace the axles on his truck and bang out a hundred bike ride with one bottle and one gel shot. I feel like Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade when I’m around him. And he’s evil. Pure evil. Why? Because he casually placed his Leica Q on the table and said something horrible like “This will be here in case you want to play with it.” I tried to get away. I tried to retreat. I told myself I didn’t like wearing a beret. I don’t myself I didn’t smoke Gauloises. I told myself I didn’t need a soft release to feel complete as a human being. I don’t know Seal, or Jennifer Connelly or anyone who wears a knit/felt hat in one hundred degree weather. (I am volunteering to teach Jennifer Connelly or even just stare at her for extended periods of time.)
And yet I know now I will own a “new” Leica in the near future. This horrible brand has “accidentally” leaked the specs of the new Leica Q3, which means a small portion of my brain is no longer capable of dealing with anything else other than knowing that this beast is on the horizon. My only salvation is knowing that the modern world, especially the modern camera world, can’t supply anything, so the wait time for this machine will be SO long that even if I ran to the local camera shop and threw my cash through the door, it would most likely be MONTHS before this machine will actually arrive. My belief is that influencers, celebrities and those annoying Leica fan boys will be the only ones offered the new machine. (I’m in Leica Fan Boy training camp now.)
So, this brings me to the used market. In theory, the Q2 will drop in price and suddenly become like Subarus in American mountain towns, darkening every single corner and serving as the landing pad for “Feel the Bern,” stickers. My friend has the original Leica Q, which is damn fine. I’ve played with the Q2 already and know what an evil, death dart that thing is, but the Q3 looks to be utterly supreme and this is going to be a real issue.
For those of you cursing my insanity just pipe down. The Fuji kit isn’t going anywhere. I have needs that range far and wide, so a “system” camera like the Fuji is a critical peg on my photographic hang board. Remember, I shot Leica film cameras for almost thirty years. My relationship with this brand goes WAY back, and the vast majority of the best work I’ve done was done with the Leica or Hasselblad. I have these stupid, unrealistic daydreams about boarding a plane with a Q and an audio recorder and venturing off to the Tibetan Plateau or the Amazon Basin. Shooting stills and recording sound while using my binoculars for the birds. (I have a lot of daydreams, some of which include Jennifer Connelly.)
Let me explain this in more detail. (The upcoming Q3.) The Q system is a bizarre little machine. Built in f/1.7 lens that doubles as a macro with a twist of the lens barrel, full frame, 60MP sensor, 8K video, super solid build with snappy autofocus, simplistic menus, improved stabilization, Leica specific color science and a beautiful viewfinder. The lens is a 28mm but crops to 35, 50, 75 and 90. And the camera is LIGHT and entirely silent. When you look at a file from the Q your spleen will leap from your body and hurl itself into oncoming traffic.
I can no longer deny this machine will be part of my photographic future. I curse everyone at Leica and they better hope I don’t find them in a dark alley because I’m coming in swinging. On a serious note, anything from any brand that gets you fired up to create is worth the price of admission, even if that price is equivalent to the GDP of a small equatorial nation.