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Leica Q

Leica Q: Extreme Barrel Distortion Degrades Sharpness, Reduces True Resolution, Decreases Field of View

The Leica Q (or Leica Q2) 28mm f/1.7 lens trades off a massive level of optical distortion for other optical characteristics (all lens designs are tradeoffs), leading to degraded performance not far from center, but even for edge and corner performance. The losses are unavoidable when correcting this massive level of distortion. This is not a lens that can ever make a fully sharp picture, because distortion correction stretches pixels apart for at least 75% of the frame.

As the analysis shows, the claimed resolution of the Leica Q is a false marketing claim, since the actual usable recorded pixels is only 22.4 megapixels (approx) and there are the quality losses from stretching pixels apart (due to the pronounced distortion of around 13%, and its correction).

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Variants uncorrected,corrected available in full article
f8 @ 1.0 sec, ISO 100; 2015-07-03 11:07:14
LEICA Q (Typ 116) + 28.0 mm f/1.7 @ 28mm

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