Excerpt: I have being a big fan of Leica for years, I have been shooting with a M3, then a M6 and this was the right to do: move to digital (Leica) format. I'm really pleased the way this camera handles light (Like all Leica cameras and lenses) I paired it with a Summilux 50/1.4 and of course the results are amazing. I feel more inspired to go out and shoot everyday.
Excerpt: When almost all photos are being taken with 13mp cel phone cameras, it's likely that most of us are accustomed to that look. The M Monochrom is a wonderful relief. Images rival my M6 with Panatomic X film, using either 35mm or 75mm lenses. During my early learning curve, I was surprised several times by dead batteries. Carrying an extra is worth the cost.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I have a few digital Leicas (M240 and Monochrom) that I shoot with along side an extensive Fuji X system. I will compare these cameras in this review. If your on a budget the Fuji X is another good choice. The Fuji-X's image will rival the Leica M240. But when it comes to the Monochrom, the Fuji -X image is not as sharp. Now, the Monochrom is not worth $[$]more in sharpness, but you can still see a big difference on large prints. Maybe the Monochrom is 20% sharper.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Fit And Finish Superb, Good Battery Life, Manual controls, Small Footprint
Excerpt: Great image quality with excellent dynamic range and contrast. With a base ISO of 320 the sensitivity is good in low light and the noise is not objectionable even at the max ISO of 10,000 (maybe because it is finer grain without the bright color spots). This is the type of photography I started with. Using this camera requires thought and patience. It is not a point and shoot. I love the pictures and it helps me see luminosity rather than color.
Pros: Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Excerpt: I have owned this camera for 5-6 weeks now. This camera reinvigorated my enthusiasm for going out and just shooting candid street images during the evenings. It is a fun and exciting camera to use in low light situations when flash photography is unwelcomed by the subjects. The dynamic range of the black and white images continue to impress me. The digital files contain a great deal of information that blooms with manipulation by Silver Effex and Photoshop software.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Quiet Unobtrussive
Excerpt: The Leica Monochrom is truly a masterpiece! The resolution is something very special. It holds up quite well against the Nikon D800E, or as one reviewer stated, the D800E holds up against the Monochrom. The tones are beautiful, which is something one really must take into account when purchasing a monochrome only camera. But the latitude in the RAW files is where it is at with this machine. Used well, one has an enormous amount of flexibility working with the files.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Excerpt: Notes: This review covers my use of the Leica M-Monochrom ('MM') camera for general-purpose black and white photography, shooting JPEG format images only. The MM camera is made by Leica in-house as are the other 'M' camera bodies, unlike some of the compact camera series that are made by Leica's partner manufacturers. Many 'M' camera owners use non-Leica lenses on their cameras, in some cases using adapters to match the lens with the Leica mount.
Excerpt: Well, as perfect as the M-system is or can be! This said, in many comparisons I find that the files are better than the outcome from a D800E, and match the results of a Leica S2. Only in b&w, of course. So the concept offers you outstanding resolution and dynamic range in a relatively small b&w rangefinder camera, and may substitute b&w film if you want to. And not only one b&w film, but all from 200 to 3600 ISO and more.