Excerpt: This is my first review and probably my last. It has been locked up inside and I had to spill my guts. Without a doubt, the finest camera I have ever had the pleasure of using. The files are clean to 3200 then begin tp aquire a film -like grain to about 8000. After that they become very noisy and sometimes unusable. The blacks are black, make no mistake about it. You must choose your subject well, not a great landscape camera but used selectively,quite lovely.
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: 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.
Excerpt: M Monochrom goes everywhere with me. The images are unbelievable. This camera makes photography a cerebral experience and it rewards you every time you snap a picture. When you take a picture with this camera you are not seeing the color of a person's clothes, you are seeing the colors of their soul. All of the reviews you read about the camera are true, the amount of detail contained in the .DNG files will amaze you.
Pros: DURABLE, Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Sexy, Small / Compact, Timeless
Excerpt: I was hesitant at first to throw down the cost of the Monochrom, since it only shoots in black and white. The heck with that...as soon as I began shooting with it, and seeing the results, I felt lucky to be able to have one. This camera produces the sharpest images I've ever seen rendered from a digital camera body...this camera definitely gets the most out of the long line of amazing Leica lenses.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Small / Compact