Summary: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) review: Leica’s latest luxury promises uncompromising black and white image quality. Damien Demolder puts it through its paces. A digital camera that shoots only in black and white might seem mad, but Leica has embraced the idea and introduced an updated version of its...
Excerpt: What’s black and white and has lust all over it? This guy. Meet the Leica M Monochrom Camera ($7,950) . Built off the M9 full-frame rangefinder, the M Monochrom will shoot as many colors as your heart desires, so long as they’re between the ranges of black and white.
Conclusion: All of Leica's current M film and digital models have a base length of 69.25mm, but the greater magnification of the film camera viewfinders (0.72x) makes their rangefinders more accurate in practice than that of the Monochrom, which has a viewfinder magnification of 0.62x.
Pros: Excellent resolution, Highly flexible raw files, Attractive grain patterning
Cons: Inadequate viewfinder information, Slow processing, Lowest ISO at 320
Leica M Monochrom – the digital compact that can’t detect color
15 May 2012
Conclusion: Leica M Monochrom is an expensive piece of gadget, daring to squeeze US $8000 out of your wallet. But hey, no one’s forcing you to get one. If you want a digital compact shooter for a much cheaper price, the $2000 Leica X2 has a sensor that matches up to high-end DSLRs.
Excerpt: With no colour filter array, the 18-million-pixel sensor in Leica’s new M Monochrom rangefinder captures highly detailed black & white images. Richard Sibley considers the advantages of using the Monochrom and finds out if it really is like shooting on film. Read the Leica M Monochrom review...
Excerpt: The Leica M Monochrom introduced in 2012 was the solution provided by Leica for anyone who wanted to shoot true black and white photos with a digital camera. Being a Digital Rangefinder, the optical viewfinder doesn't show the image through the lens, instead a small central window is used to focus...
Pros: Full frame monochrome sensor, Impressive resolution and sharpness, Unique black and white digital camera, High ISO noise performance - Film like noise, Includes Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro, AdobeDNG raw images, Excellent build quality, 2 year warranty
Cons: 2.5inch screen, Slow 2fps continuous shooting, High price - although could be justified, All the other issues associated with a digital rangefinder (manual focus, viewfinder framing, etc), Updated Leica M (Typ 240) dramatically expands on features