The Leica Q2 is one of the brand’s best-selling cameras. It’s easy to see why, with its fixed 27mm f/1.2 lens, rugged design and full-frame image quality, it’s a great companion to take anywhere. Since their launch in 2019 there have been a number of limited edition variants, most recently the Leica Q2 ‘007’ model and the Leica Q2 Monochrom ‘Reporter’ Edition (which I personally love). Now the Wetzlar brand is back with another fresh variant; we present you the Leica Q2 “Dawn” by Seal.
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Kissed by a rose and bitten by the photographer
Seal, the British singer best known for his soulful ’90s hit, Kissed by a roseApparently she’s a big fan of photography. Meanwhile, the people at Leica are not averse to their passion for rock ‘n’ roll. The brand has previously partnered with Lenny Kravitz on several models, even releasing a model honoring the late music photographer Jim Marshall. That said, this mashup feels natural.
Leica Q2 ‘Dawn’ by Seal: camera details
So what makes the Seal camera so special? The body itself is draped in a cool-looking ‘iridescent’ fabric sourced from heritage Japanese brand Hosoo. According to Leica, the fabric is a “milestone in the art of weaving, featuring an innovative process using black thread (93% polyester) and gold-colored Japanese paper (7% washi).” No word on how it feels in the hand, though each model seems to have a completely unique design.
The only other details that differentiate the Q2 Seal Edition from the standard model are the artist’s signature and the edition number engraved on the back under the LCD glass. Other than that, this camera is just like any other Q2.
Leica Q2 ‘Dawn’ by Seal: Other accessories
But wait, there’s more! In addition to the camera itself, the Q2 Seal Edition comes with a pretty nice looking limited edition black rope strap with leather accents. Details on the strap include the handwritten text “You became the light on the dark side of me” from the aforementioned Smash It. In addition, the Leica logo is embossed on the leather. No word on whether Seal himself handwrote the lyrics 500 times. We assume no.
The pack also includes a scarf designed by multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen and made by New York fashion brand rag & bone. It’s definitely not my thing, but hey, to each their own.
Price & Availability
While some Leica limited editions come with staggering price tags, if you look at the Leica Q2 007 edition, the Dawn by Seal edition is only $200 more than the standard model. And considering it comes with a nice tie strap and designer scarf, that’s not too bad!
Priced at $5,995.00, only 500 Leica Q2 Seal models will be made and sold. The camera is currently out of stock on the Leica website, but you can sign up to be notified when it returns. We seriously doubt that all 500 are already accounted for.