Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera AG unveiled the Leica Q2 Dawn special edition camera set, designed by Seal, a Grammy award winner and photographer. Paying homage to the soulful lyrics of Seal’s songs, the special edition set celebrates the human connection in the art of making a photograph, shining light on the subjects of a frame.
Leica Q2 Dawn Special Edition Set
The Leica Q2 Dawn’s Japanese woven fabric covering is crafted to ensure each of the 500 cameras in the edition is one of a kind. “Drawing inspiration from the golden glow of sunrise and the dance between light and shadow, this set is further accentuated by an exclusive scarf, featuring Seal’s handwritten lyrics,” Leica announced.
The Japanese term komorebi inspired the covering of the special edition. Moreover, it described the transparency and interplay of light that occurs when sunlight falls through the tree canopy. The fabric covering, produced by the Japanese brand Hosoo, was created with an innovative process using black thread (93% polyester) and gold-colored Japanese paper (7% washi).
Furthermore, multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen designed the limited-edition scarf featured in the Q2 Dawn by Seal set. Roescheisen interprets Seal’s lyrics through gold elements on a black background. This further exemplifies the impact of light emerging through the darkness.
What’s more, the New York fashion label rag & bone developed the scarf, which was produced in Italy. Leica Stores will also make available a white variation of the scarf, sold separately from the camera set.
The set is also accompanied by a rope strap emblazoned with the handwritten lyric “you became the light on the dark side of me,” which was taken from the song Kiss from a Rose. In addition to the iridescent fabric, the Q2 Dawn by Seal camera sports a black Leica logo, Seal’s engraved signature as well as an edition number.
The launch of the edition is marked by Seal’s photography exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles. The exhibit is on view from September 21 to October 31, 2022. Works by Annina Roescheisen are also presented in the exhibit.
Furthermore, the technical features of the Q2 Dawn by Seal are identical to the serial production model. It boasts a 47.3-megapixel, full-frame sensor and the fast Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 Asph lens. The Leica Q2’s sensor allows a dynamic range of 14 f-stops (at ISO 100) and 14-bit color depth.
In addition, the camera stores images in the DNG and/or JPEG format. It also provides 4K video recording at 30 or 24 frames per second (fps) and cinema 4K at 24 fps. In addition, it records Full HD videp at up to 120 fps. Using digital zoom, photographers can extend the 28mm focal length (47MP) to 35mm (30MP), 50mm (15MP) or 75mm (7MP).
The Leica Q2 Dawn by Seal is limited to 500 units. Its recommended retail price is $6,125.