Discussion Forum Leica Q Leica Q (Typ 116) Nikon Z7 > Fuji X100V > Leica Q2
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    Pursuit for Leica creaminess


    Context, I loved shooting with my first “professional” camera the Nikon D800 and AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f1.4, even the cheap 50mm f1.8 often did the job for me. I made the switch to the Nikon Z7, mainly because I wanted a more compact camera. Bought the NIKKOR Z 50mm f1.8 S & NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S, in the beginning I was not liking it too much, too clean, too digital, less character somehow, but got kinda used to it. Ps I love shooting wide open, bokeh lover. Then I thought of buying the new NIKKOR Z 40mm f2 lens simply because of its small size… I was still on the look out for more compact camera. Since the NIKKOR 40mm took too long to be in stock, I made the jump to the Fuji X100V. Took it on a trip to Abu Dhabi and loved shooting jpg’s straight out of the camera with the Classic Chrome emulation. Main shortcomings for me were shooting with low light, and slower focus compared to the Z7. The built quality also felt a bit less comfortable, the focus motor has an unpleasant sound, ofcourse not fair to compare these two, just sharing overall feelings. It did deliver amazing shots, but then for those one or two unique occasions you wished you had your bigger camera with you. Back home I finally made the jump, sold the Z7 and bought a Leica, the Q2. I am a huge fan of the creamy look, that cinematic vibe. Buying an M I find too expensive, definitely too cary it along when travelling. First impression with the Q2 was getting used to the 28mm perspective, a tough one! Initially I was like this is not my lens, made the wrong decision… but after reading some articles about street photography and 28mm they convinced me to stick with it and give it a chance, it would pay off. So I just took the Q2 on a 5 week trip too LA, it delivered those incredible creamy shots, we rented an old house in Venice, great licht, great texture, loved shooting with it in the morning when the family was stil sleeping and I had tons of time. Faster action, like street portraits on the other hand were kinda frustrating, focus was slow, and often the camera got stuck in it’s buffer, from time to time the camera processor even had to restart… coming from Nikon I never ever experienced anything like this, which was kind of surprising to me for a 5K camera. A pity cause I’m sold to all the rest, the lens is just amazing, bokeh, microcontrasts and ergonomics on point. It’s clearly a different way of shooting, I don’t mind for non moving subjects but I did miss a few really good spontaneous moments, frustrating. So the problem i’m facing now is I’m totally hooked to the Leica creamy look, even more as before… but the buffer issue and a love for 50mm makes me still looking for the perfect answer. (Compactness is not that important anymore)

    After some research, doubting about the following:

    – Nikon Z6II (still have my Z lenses)

    – Nikon Z6II + summicron 50mm f2 (using adapter) or Voigtländer equivalent

    – Fuji X Pro3 + XF 33mm f1.4 (or 35mm)

    – Fuji XT-4 + XF 33mm f1.4 (or 35mm)

    – Fuji X Pro3 + summicron 50mm f2 (using adapter) or Voigtländer equivalent

    – Fuji XT-4 + summicron 50mm f2 (using adapter) or Voigtländer equivalent

    Curious for your advice

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