Leica Q2 "Dawn" by Seal
Inspired by iconic song lyrics, Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal embodies the visual poetry of light – each camera is one of a kind.
The exquisite, Japanese woven fabric covering of the Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal, is crafted to ensure each of the 500 cameras in the edition are distinctly unique.
Leica Q2 "Dawn" by Seal
The limited, special edition Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal pays tribute to the soulful lyrics of the artist’s songs. The special edition camera set celebrates the human connection in the art of making a photograph, shining light on the subjects of a frame – while the artist visualizes new perspectives behind the lens. The exquisite, Japanese woven fabric covering of the Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal, is crafted to ensure each of the 500 cameras in the edition are distinctly unique.
Each signature camera is one of a kind
It is the elegant cover fabric that makes each Q2 “Dawn” by Seal unique. The particular mood during morning twilight, the interplay of dark and light, is captured in the mysterious, iridescent material. The Japanese term “komorebi” inspired the fabric, describing the transparency and light play, which occurs when sunbeams fall through the tree canopy. Time and time again, the impression created by the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal's shimmering cover surprises and lends the camera its incomparable character.
The set – a homage to the moment
Seal photographs with fast lenses in natural lighting conditions. In tune with his music, his pictures evoke emotions, shining light on the beauty and humanity of the moment – aligning with the aesthetic philosophy of the limited edition set.
In addition to the exclusive scarf designed by Annina Roescheisen and featuring Seal's song lyrics, a rope strap completes the set. The elegant strap is also adorned with the hand-written line “You became the light on the dark side of me”, from the song Kiss from a Rose. Seal was honored with three Grammy Awards for the song in 1996; furthermore it reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in the USA. In addition to the iridescent fabric produced by the traditional Japanese brand Hosoo, the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal features a black Leica logo, Seal's signature engraved on the display glass, and an edition number from 001 to 500.
The scarf – wearable passion for music
The fashionable accessory and wearable statement complementing the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal, is an exclusive scarf designed by multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen. She interprets Seal's message with lines from his song lyrics, written in gold elements on a black background. Her artistic application of the lyrics “You became the light on the dark side of me” from the song Kiss from a Rose, and other handwritten lines from Seal's inexhaustible repertoire, make this item of clothing the epitome of an attitude to life that is characterized by music, emotion and passion. Known as a brand that stands for traditionally-manufactured, top-quality clothing, and hand-crafted expertise with a love of detail, it is the New York fashion label, rag & bone that produced the exclusive scarf.
Seal and Ben Staley – Leica fans and friends
Ben Staley and Seal both share a love for Leica photography. The pictures taken by the film director and cinematographer Ben Staley tell sensitive and intense stories. They deal with experiences that get under the skin: the encounter with Seal and the Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal continues this artistic exploration. Find out about the production of the breathtaking video for the special limited edition, why the two exceptional artists met, and how the fantastic result came about, in the Leica blog.
“Storytelling is photography in one sentence.” – Seal
- Camera is covered with an iridescent traditional Kimono fabric in black and gold
- Black Leica logo on front side
- Scarf with Seal lyrics, made by Rag 'n Bone
- Rope strap with special leather application which shoes a lyric sentence from seal
- Special edition number and discreet Seal signature engraved under the display glass
- All other details are identical
AT A GLANCE
- Limited Special Edition
- 47MP Full Frame Sensor
- Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens
- 4K Video Recording
35mm digital compact camera, fixed prime lens
Format / aspect ratio:
Lenses with Leica L-Mount, Leica M/R lenses using the Leica M-Adapter L/R-Adapter L
Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH., 11 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical elements
28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm
Optical shake compensation system for still picture and video exposures
1.7 to 16 in 1⁄3 EV increments
Full frame CMOS sensor, 50.4/47.3 million pixels (total/effective)
Photo file formats
DNG, DNG + JPEG, JPEG
Video recording formats:
MP4 (Cine 4K- 4096x2160 / 4K(UHD) – 3840x2160 /Full HD – 1920x1080)
Video resolution/frame rate:
4K: 30 or 24 fps / Cine4K: 24 fps / Full HD 24, 30, 60 or 120 fps
Audio recording format:
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Automatic, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 6400, ISO 12500, ISO 25000, ISO 50000
Automatic, presets for: daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, electronic flash, grey card, manual color temperature selection
sRGB / Adobe RGB / ECI RGB V.2.0
Standard, vivid, natural, monochrome, high-contrast monochrome, all with further settings for contrast, saturation and sharpness in 5 steps
30 cm to infinity, close focus distance 17cm in macro mode
Automatic (autofocus) or manual focusing. Loupe function and edge highlighting (focus peaking) in four colors available as focusing aids in manual focusing mode
AFS (shutter release only after successful focusing), AFC (shutter release possible at any time), AF setting can be saved
Autofocus metering modes:
Single field (movable metering point), multi-field (49 fields), face recognition, subject tracking, optional setting/shutter release by touching the monitor screen
Program AE, aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual setting
Automatic, sport, portrait, landscape, night portrait, snow/beach, fireworks, candlelight, sunset, digiscoping, miniature effect, panorama and HDR
Exposure metering modes:
Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
± 3 EV in 1/3-EV increments
Automatic exposure bracketing:
3 or 5 exposures in steps of up to 3 EV, can be set in 1⁄3 EV increments
Choice of mechanical, electronic or hybrid
60 s to 1⁄2000 s with mechanical shutter, 1 s to 1⁄40000 s with electronic shutter, in 1/3 increments, flash synchronization up to 1⁄500 s, linear flash with all shutter speeds faster than 1⁄500 s (with HSS-capable SCA 3002 flash units)
Choice of 10/5/3 fps (H/M/L)
2 or 12 seconds
OLED viewfinder Resolution:
1280 x 960 pixels x 3 colors (= 3.68 megapixels); Viewfinder image: approx. 100%, aspect ratio: 4:3, eye-relief: 21 mm; Adjustable between -4 and +3 diopters, with eye-sensor for switching between viewfinder and monitor screen
3" TFT LCD monitor screen with approx. 1,040,000 image dot; touch control capability
IEEE 802.11b/g/n compliant (standard WLAN protocol), channels 1-11, encryption method: WLAN-compatible WPA™/WPA2™ encryption; access mode: infrastructure mode
Leica BP-SCL4 lithium-ion battery, rated voltage: 7.2V, capacity: 1860 mAh
Rated voltage 8.4 V; capacity at least 1860 mAh (according to CIPA standard): ca. 400 exposures; charging time: approx. 180 min.; battery charger: 100–240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.25 A, with adapters
Exposures per battery charge:
Robust, lightweight magnesium alloy construction
Lens filter thread:
Q2 camera, battery and charger, special carrying strap, special scarf, special packaging, leaflet for Kimono fabric, instructions, Certificate of Authenticity
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a two-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging which are valid for two years.
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