Leica teams up with Hodinkee, launches limited-edition Q2 “Ghost” inspired by dive watches

Nov 16, 2022

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Leica teams up with Hodinkee, launches limited-edition Q2 “Ghost” inspired by dive watches

Nov 16, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Leica is known for its prestigious and pricey cameras. But they also love launching limited-edition, redesigned cameras and lenses. The latest to get this transformation is Leica Q2, and the company teamed up with watch experts from Hodinkee for this one.

The Leica Leica “Ghost” is the Q2 you already know but in a new, sleek suit. And unlike some other limited-edition Leicas, this one keeps almost the same price as the regular version.

This isn’t the first Leica to get the “ghost treatment.” Leica previously launched the M10-P with the same design. This “ghosting” has nothing to do with dating, of course. Like the M10-P before it, the Q2 has been redesigned to “invoke the ghostly faded bezels of some of our favorite well-loved dive watches,” as folks at Hodinkee explain.

The camera’s magnesium alloy body has been painted in a soft gray and wrapped in smooth tonal gray leather. The leather bits were coated to protect the camera from the elements. The lens has also been coated in an anodized silver finish to match the camera. In this camera, the traditional “Leica red dot” has been omitted. Instead, there’s Leica’s vintage signature at the top plate, and it’s in yet another shade of gray.

Even the tiniest of details are grey. There’s a silver aluminum thumb grip, and the camera comes with a grey woven Leica rope strap. On the back of the camera, framing the Q2’s 3-inch LCD display, there’s a subtle engraving showing “GHOST SET BY HODINKEE” above the display. Below the display, you’ll find the specific number for the set within the limited edition. Yes, all this grey reminded me of a certain book too.

As for the specs, nothing new to say here. The camera keeps the specs of the Leica Q2:

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 50.4 Megapixel
Effective: 47.3 Megapixel (8368 x 5584)
Aspect Ratio1970-01-01 03:02:00
Sensor TypeFull-Frame CMOS
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationOptical
Lens
Focal Length28mm
Digital Zoom2.7x Maximum
Maximum Aperturef/1.7
Minimum Aperturef/16
Focus Range11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
Macro
6.69″ to Infinity / 17 cm to Infinity
Optical Design11 Elements in 9 Groups
Filter Size49 mm
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 50 to 50000
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 60 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/40000 to 1 Second
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Landscape, Miniature Effect, Night Portrait, Panorama, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Video
Recording ModesMP4
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/29.97p/59.94p/119.88p
Video EncodingNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAAC
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder Resolution3,680,000 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage1
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Monitor
Size3.0″
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
WirelessWi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPSNo
Physical
Battery1 x BP-SCL4 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh (Approx. 370 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6″ / 130 x 80 x 91.9 mm
Weight1.58 lb / 718 g (Body with Battery)

The Leica Q2 “Ghost” is available in only 150 sets, paired with the Summilux 28mm f1.7 lens just like the regular black model. It’s available exclusively through Hodinkee’s website and it’s $200 more expensive than the regular Q2: $5,995.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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