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Sample Black & White Photos Shot Using the New Leica M Monochrom

DPReview has published a gallery filled with sample photographs shot using the new Leica M Monochrom. The photographs are tack sharp and have a beautiful “film look” to them that is difficult to achieve by doing a conversion from color digital images. Watch out: looking at the gallery may be bad for your wallet.

Leica M Monochrom Preview Samples [DPReview]


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/rick020200 Rick Bennett

    Nice. Not $8000 nice. Not no-you-can’t-ever-shoot-in-color nice.

  • https://www.facebook.com/VladimirByazrov Vladimir Byazrov

    not even a $3000 nice.
    Looks digital and generic,
    like it was shot on average sort of canon 20d.
    wft?

  • Rwboyer

    color me… not impressed – $7000 my ass.

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  • 9inchnail

    You want color? Get Instagram, you freak. Just kidding, I don’t get it either. Paying 8000 bucks to voluntarily limit yourself? Image quality is superb, sure, but why not just buy the regular Leica M? Expensive enough to still be an elitist douche but more creative possibilities.

  • PlasticWig

    This is strange because the sensor must have to process color light and then it turns it into a file without color in it. So it would be feasible to have a really high megapixel sensor without the issue of filesize. But the price is out of my range (no pun intended). 

  • MikeT

    I shoot alot of black and white and do my own conversions from colour. I am not sure that this camera is the way to go. I have about 5 conversions I use depending on the image.

  • http://twitter.com/StyleQuotient Melo

    Landfill.

  • http://twitter.com/JacksonCheese Jackson Cheese

    You know what?
    These aren’t even as good as the “Grainy Black & White” art filter on my Olympus PEN.

  • http://www.fotographix.ca/ Calgary Photographer

    black and white film is pretty cool too. 

  • Kyoshibecker

    I actually do film B&W and these are gorgeous…  So much range that no canon or nikon could even try to come close to…

  • Sideswiped

    All digital photo sensors see in B&W, that’s why there is a color filter layer above them (usually in a bayer pattern).

    I’m sure this camera will appeal to a number of Leica B&W photographers, but none of the images impress me. I would also assume that a color imagine image(with a D800 or 5D III) would be more flexible in post. You would at least be able to change luminance values per color during B&W conversion, but it might have harsher tonality transitions. This really needs a side by side comparison to truly judge it. 

  • Michael

    Film like? Who are they kidding!  Like I mentioned before it’s a dumb product trying to bank on M reputation.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/24BKDXQFCOM4AQ3KJJSOMB6UTA Daniel

    Sharp?  The biggest image I see is only 1,707,200 pixels.  How can you even gauge the optical sharpness with less than 10% of the original information?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/24BKDXQFCOM4AQ3KJJSOMB6UTA Daniel

    I beg to differ.  The D3s has amazing performance when converting NEF to B&W.

  • Knur

    Leica M Monochrome= two D800 + one 1000$ lens :D
     

  • Sergio

    Images are way too small to verify that “film look” and sharpness. 

  • ennuipoet

    You know if I want black and white only and “film like” I can get a roll of TriX for about four bucks.  

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    At first, when I heard about this camera, I was facepalming hard. But now that I’ve read about the benefits of having a monochrome sensor I’m quite interested – not in buying, but in the camera. It’s way too expensive, but it’s a Leica, so no one would expect otherwise. 

  • 9inchnail

    On DPReview, which is actually linked in the article, they have the sample photos in original size and they are pretty sharp but not “Shut up and take my money”-sharp.

  • kendon

    like if you also first thought the dude on the lower left has a rotten stump of an arm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.suzuki Daniel Yu Suzuki

    The camera isn’t what made the photos sharp, it was the lens. Compare these photos with a 5D and Leica lenses and let’s see if it’s worth the difference. 

    There is all this talk about film like, film like, film like. DXO said digital images have surpassed film. So why not shoot high and downgrade to “film like”?

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57415777-1/how-dxo-labs-tests-hot-cameras-like-canons-latest-slr/

    (Basing dynamic range on this human-based quality level (technically, it means the threshold has a signal-to-noise ratio of 10, also known as 20 decibels), the tables are turned. “All digital SLR cameras are above film,” Guichard said.)

    There are tons of plugins out there that make digital images look “film like” (Alien Skin, DXO film pack).

    It just seems stupid to me to waste soo much money on a camera that can’t out preform a less expensive version. This camera just seems like something for non-photographers. 

  • Osmosisstudios

    THIS.  I do my BW conversions from RAW in ACR.  This lets me adjust the tonality of different colours. Allows for some wicked differences between a straight BW and a properly edited one.

  • junyo

    And there are a lot of guys out there that will talk ad naseum about how digital tonality adjustments are notably inferior and the resolution lost to the color filter and yadayadayada.

    Realistically,if it mattered that much to me, I could shoot a metric sh’ton of 120 film for $8k. Or get into the low end of digital medium format. So not really feeling the over/under here.

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  • http://twitter.com/ralphhightower Ralph Hightower

    Okay. I’vw read of Photoshop & Lightroom filters that will convert digital images to the different film characteristics. Does this Leica with its $8000 price tag emulate the various B&W films?

    Or does one still need to own Photoshop or Lightroom for retouching?

  • Werner

    Thats an extra joke: You get LR 4 and Silver Effex Pro (!) when purchasing the camera;

    it belongs to the accessories….
    Sounds a little bit strange, indeed