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Special Edition Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee

NEWS: On 15 November 2022 Leica launched their latest special edition camera, which arrives as the stylish Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee. The unique design is inspired by the highly sought after Rolex Submariner ‘Ghost Bezel,’ and based on the original Q2 compact camera.

On 15 November 2022 Leica launched their latest special Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee.

The Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee continues Leica’s trend of releasing limited edition cameras, with a short production run of just 2000 units available in this edition. Whether you’re interested to see more images of this gorgeous compact Leica camera, or want to learn about the design and reserve yours, we’ve got everything you need in this camera news feature.

What is a Leica Q2 camera?

The base camera is the premium Leica Q2, which is a powerful compact point and shoot that packs class-leading features and technology. It boasts a 47.3 megapixel full-frame sensor with built in crop modes, 4K 30fps video and a Summilux 28  f/1.7 ASPH lens with digital zoom function.

Importantly, the Q2 also features IP52 protective sealing against dust and water, allowing users to continue shooting in some of the most challenging environments, which is particularly impressive for a pocketable all-in-one camera.

Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee sunset shoot

What are Leica special edition cameras?

Over many years of esteemed history, Leica has released a smattering of special edition cameras, including the Q2 Reporter and SL2-S Reporter, which both launched just short time before the Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee. These editions feature different body designs and stylised original Leica accessories to complement unique designs.

Leica is well known for bucking the trend, launching an M6 film camera in the midst of digital advancements and some of their special edition are manufactured in limited quantities which can sell out quickly, after which they will not be repeated. Others are primarily an alternative design to the original camera.

Posing with the Q2 special edition camera

What’s different about the Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee?

The Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee differentiates itself from the original Q2 and other special editions through its elegant light grey paint finish, inspired by the Rolex Submariner ‘Ghost Bezel. The camera also features unique full grain cow hide grey armouring and comes with a light grey woven rope strap.

We’re sure you’ll agree from the images provided that this edition looks absolutely stunning. Anyone considering buying the Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee should consider that it will only be produced in a run of 2000 units, ensuring you’ll be joining a very small collective of global owners.

Rear LCD and beautiful grey finish

What is a Rolex ghost bezel which inspired the Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee?

Leica cameras are designed to be used and are made with robust materials in order for owners to shoot regardless of conditions. Over the years equipment gathers blemishes in a similar way to Rolex’s faded, or ghost bezel, which is the result of timepieces being blemished from being worn, wiped and used as intended.

This created a natural Leica x Hodinkee synergy, with New York based Hodinkee who specialise in unique timepieces and accessories, with exclusive Rolex watches.

Top control panel of compact Leica

Key Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee features

The Q2 is a powerful compact camera, which offers features typically reserved for Leica mirrorless cameras and rangefinders. These include:

  • 47.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with 14-stops dynamic range (ISO 100)
  • Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH., with 11 elements in 9 groups including 3 aspherical elements
  • Digital zoom in 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • IP52 protective sealing against dust and spray water
  • 3.68 megapixel OLED EVF with 0.76x magnification
  • 3" fixed touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • Fast autofocus and smoothly damped manual focus ring
  • ISO 50 - 50,000 native range
  • 4K 30fps video and Full-HD 120 fps
  • WiFi and Bluetooth LE built-in

The Q2 is capable of capturing virtually any type of subject, from portraits and street photography to landscapes and movies. With its compact form it is also the ideal travel camera, featuring a bright all-in-one lens with versatile digital zoom functionality.

Unique strap design accessory for Q2 Ghost

Which are the best Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee accessories?

The Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee includes a uniquely designed Grey rope strap and standard Q2 accessories, including:

Walking away showing off the camera design and strap

Additionally you can add Capture One Pro for Leica cameras, which offers DNG native support and the latest features such as Smart Adjustments and syncing between different images shot in different conditions.

An Ettas Pouch For Leica Q2 Stone Grey is a coated canvas pouch with complementing colours, which provides protection for your camera, along with practical features such as a wrist strap and magnetic fasteners.

While Q2 cameras including the Ghost by Hodinkee do not include a pop-up flash, you do have a hotshoe, which allows you to add a flashgun, such as the SF 40 Flash or Leica SF 60 Flash. These will help you light your subject and offer creative off-camera lighting when using the Leica SF C1 Flash Remote Control Unit.

With only 2000 cameras available, not head over and reserve your Leica Q2 Ghost by Hodinkee today, joining this exclusive collaboration between New York retailer and legendary German manufacturer.

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By Nick Dautlich on 15/11/2022

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