For some time now I’ve had a hankering for the Leica Q2, a full frame camera with an amazing 28mm f1.7 prime lens. Luckily for me the Leica store in Mayfair offers the opportunity to test drive the camera, so today I booked my day’s hire and went for a long stroll through London.
From Mayfair I wandered down towards Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square. On the way I encountered Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt chatting on a bench and a saxophonist busking in the street. The latter particularly pleased me – an opportunity to hear live music again after so many months.
On reaching Trafalgar Square I hoped to do some church photography in St Martin’s but sadly I found it closed. Instead I quickly booked a visit to the National Gallery and gave the Leica a workout on the architecture there. One of the guides told me to look out for room 32, which has recently been restored, and this proved to be a great tip.
My route then continued down Whitehall to Westminster, where I strolled across Westminster Bridge to shoot the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, before heading back to Mayfair to return the camera.
So what’s my verdict on the camera? As I had been led to believe, the lens is fabulous. With 47 megapixels the photos have so much detail – you can zoom in almost endlessly. Whether I will ever own one myself is another matter, but I had fun on my test drive!
23 October 2020