When The Leica Q is a useful addition to Leica M10
by Riswan Christianto
Ever since acquiring the Leica M10, taking off from SL, I just can’t stop shooting and always almost neglected my Leica Q. Hence this time, I have both at my disposal, with minimalist support gear within my ONA clifton such as a black chrome 50 summilux for portrait in mind, adding a 28 fix on the Leica Q for landscape, Gitzo traveller, a few ND filters and CPL will suffice for my 3 days journey.
We visited a cafe nearby; mostly shot widest open..
What I love about this location, it’s right in front of the beach and the sun was quite harsh, i was challenging the highlights range captured by the sensor and i thought it did OK
And the session was just getting better as the sun going set, as highlights become softer and on…
We tried to catch sunset and sunrise, great weather was playing an important part, and good enough to put Leica Q into action, and the camera support being used were the seven5 Lee filters and BW CPL. Photos were processed using Lightroom 6.
I have never had trouble shooting portrait with only 50 lux in my possession, but the Leica Q with its primes lens give me a peace of mind, as well as acting as a backup camera, since the M10 have somehow, a problem with its iso dial being stuck at certain point, and as of now, the problems still exists in later productions time frame.
I had previously gone trying shooting models only with the Q (The Leica Q and a Model by Riswan Christianto Steve Huff Photo) and the results have been outstanding, and its in body portrait mode (I refer to the cropped frame mode) will certainly help and give you the idea to compose. Furthermore, its electronic shutter is quite useful during daylights to shoot wide open 😀
So here comes my personal thoughts, while Leica M10 is quite a capable camera, there’s sometimes the need to bump the extra shutter speed as 1/4000 might not always give me the best option. The Leica Q on the other hand, gives me a results as good, and able to act as a second camera and cover to my 35 lux while traveling compact.
Why Leica glass? Especially Summilux? because without the need to step down one or two stops, it is close to its best potential, besides it is one reason why we get Leica lens at the first place, to shoot wide open, to get that Leica rendering characteristic, to get that kind of ˜ Leica looks˜ many way to express it.
Not that others were not as good, I have few voigtlanders, they are super wide lens, and intended for it’s purposes. May be if I’m a serious landscape shooter, I would get the Leica glass as well, but I’m not. Hence I invested in summilux 50 for portrait, where I enjoy shooting most, having previously used the perfect 50 apo, it’s just the way how it renders and give me creamier out of focus background.
So until then, grab your gear and keep shooting 🙂