For an upcoming segment on the B&H Photography Podcast, I was given a Leica Q2 Monochrom Digital Camera to sample for a few weeks. Since Macro Week at B&H is upon us and the Q2 has a sublime and simple macro mode, I produced a short series of black-and-white images using its macro mode.
While I understand that this system is not a true 1:1 macro lens and that the digital crop (35mm, 50mm, 75mm) on the Q2 is not an optical zoom system, its f/1.7 maximum aperture and gorgeous 47.3MP monochrome-only sensor creates beautiful, dynamic, shallow-depth-of-field, close-up images. There is no getting around it. Whether using its accurate autofocus system or manual focus with focus peaking as an aid, the “on-the-go” simplicity with which you can create close-up images cannot be overlooked.
While the Leica Q2 would not be considered a starter camera, it is a simple, durable, fully automatic and fully manual point-and-shoot camera that I found to be a wonderful means to explore the city around me.
Even the most basic point-and-shoot cameras feature a macro mode and I encourage you to utilize it and rediscover your world through its minimum focus distance and wide aperture perspective. I also recommend the Olympus Tough TG-6 Camera, not only for its waterproof and durable build but because of its Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Stacking, and Focus Bracketing modes, which enable a degree of close-up photography not easily achieved with even the most complicated of setups.
Enjoy all of the great content published during Explora’s Macro Week and let us hear your thoughts and see your images in the Comments section, below.