I know, I hear you saying how is the Leica Q cheap? Well, read on and I will explain.
I have owned many, many cameras and lenses. I went through a stage of buying a different camera every 6 months or so a few years back. Each one was amazing in its own right, but there was always something not quite right. It didn’t sit well in the hand, the balance was off, the lenses available where not quite fast enough, particularly taking into account the sensor size and the resultant lack of depth of field control, or it did not have the exact features I was looking for. This mainly came down to the sound it made, or rather the lack of options to make the camera silent.
Each time I sold a camera I lost money, sometimes quite a lot of money, particularly if I had bought new in the first place. So I thought it might be an interesting exercise to work out just how much money I may have spent / lost over the last few cameras / lenses I have owned. It turned out to be frightening.
The list of cameras / lenses I have owned over the last few years is long.
A Sony a6300, with various Zeiss lenses. A great camera but I bought that new, along with the lenses so I took a loss of about £700 on those when it came to sell.
A Sony rx100ii, at one time my ‘always with me’ walk around camera. I took a loss of about £200 on that.
I had a Fuji x100s, followed shortly afterward by an x100T. Both great cameras and probably as close to perfect as they could get for my style of shooting but I took a loss of about £300 on each of them when I sold them, and I purchased both used in the first place.
More recently I bought a xPro2 brand new, along with a 23mm 1.4, a 56mm 1.2 and for some reason I am still not completely clear about a huge 16-55 2.8 zoom. I used the zoom lens once I think before I decided it was too big. I have recently sold the lot taking a loss of £350 on the 23mm, £325 on the 56mm, £500 on the zoom and a whopping £865 on the xPro2. Unfortunately the xPro3 came out recently and even the new price of the xPro2 more or less immediately reduced by 50%.
I could go on and list more models and more losses but I think by now you are getting the idea.
So here’s the thing; The most recent purchase I have made is the camera I always wanted in the first place but never thought I could afford, or at least did not think I could justify the cost. I bought a Leica Q about 8 months ago. Since I bought this camera, which I purchased used incidentally, a new model has come out, the Leica Q2. It would be nice to have one but to be honest I am unable to fault the original model so in my mind there is no immediate need to upgrade.
With a full frame sensor and a fixed 28mm lens it’s perfect for my style of shooting. I no longer fret about which lenses to take out since I do not have the option to change it. It’s deathly silent, it feels amazing in the hand and I just love the minimal design of it. If I was pressed to say one thing I would change on this camera it would be to make the exposure composition dial the same as the Fuji’s with the increments shown on the dial itself.
I paid £2100 for my Leica Q. It was little used and immaculate, essentially a new camera. At the time of writing I am checking on eBay and the original Leica Q still seems to be going for a similar price to what I paid 8 months ago, or perhaps even more. They are going up in value!
So this is why the Leica Q, for me at least has been the cheapest camera I have ever bought. My cost of ownership is zero, in fact I may even be able to make money on it should I choose to sell it now, but a sale I am afraid is not on the cards. You will just have to go out and find your own!