Leica M Monochrom captures exclusively in black and white, costs far more than your color-abled shoo

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  1. MummyChunk

    MummyChunk Guest

    From EN


    Solms Germany (May 10, 2012) - Leica Camera AG presents the Leica
    Monochrom, the world's first digital camera exclusively fo
    full-frame, 35 mm black-and-white photography. Featuring a senso
    designed specifically for this purpose, the new addition to the Leic
    portfolio enables photographers to capture images in outstandin
    black-and-white quality, setting entirely new standards. The lates
    camera in the flagship Leica M-System, the Leica M Monochrom continue
    the successful story of the Leica rangefinder system, which ha
    written numerous chapters in the history of innovative photography

    "Black-and-white photography is more popular than ever before
    Even today, it has lost none of its fascination as an expressiv
    medium, not even for younger generations of photographers. This i
    confirmed by the numerous monochrome images shown by members of th
    M-Community, who we are in constant contact with," said Jesko vo
    Oeynhausen, Product Manager for the M-System at Leica Camera AG
    "For the first time ever, we are offering an opportunity t
    consistently and authentically explore black-and-white photograph
    with the M Monochrom, a tool that is unique in the digital world. Th
    camera's exclusively black-and-white sensor brings an enormou
    technical benefit that is reflected in the amazing imaging quality i

    The 18 MP image sensor of the M Monochrom is perfectly matched to th
    unique properties of the Leica M-System and the superior performanc
    of Leica M-Lenses. As the sensor does not 'see' colors, every pixe
    records true luminance values – as a result, it delivers 'true
    black-and-white images that are significantly sharper than comparabl
    exposures from a camera with a color-sensitive sensor

    To allow precise control of tonal values, the Leica M Monochrom offer
    a raw data histogram display to exhibit original, unprocessed an
    unmodified raw data. This, combined with a configurable clippin
    display, allows precise correction or optimization of exposures
    At the touch of a button, images captured by the M Monochrom can b
    converted with characteristic toning effects from black-and-white fil
    photography (sepia, cold or selenium toning). All users need to do i
    save the image in JPEG format and select the desired toning effect
    simply and conveniently, with no need for post-processing

    The classic, iconic design of the Leica M-cameras is carried forwar
    by the Leica M Monochrom. The matte-black finish of the chromed to
    deck allows the camera to be an unobtrusive tool. Only an engrave
    script on the accessory shoe reveals the product name. The camer
    features particularly soft leather trim with ideal grip that perfectl
    complements the camera's discreet character. The camera package als
    includes a genuine leather carrying strap in premium full-grai

    The M Monochrom is supplied complete with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,
    professional digital workflow solution. The software is available t
    customers as an online download after product registration. Adob
    Photoshop Lightroom offers a wide range of functions for th
    management, processing and presentation of digital images. Fo
    example, this software allows for the creation of simple prin
    layouts, slide shows and photo books

    A full-version of Silver Efex Pro 2, the world's leadin
    black-and-white image processing software, is also included in th
    package. Silver Efex Pro 2 offers an impressive collection of uniqu
    and powerful, darkroom-inspired tools for the creation of high qualit
    black-and-white images. Silver Efex Pro 2 emulates over 20 differen
    types of black-and-white film to recreate the glory of classica
    black-and-white film photography. The emulation of each film type i
    based on the analysis of many rolls of the respective type an
    guarantees perfect reproduction of the characteristic look of man
    popular films from ISO 32 to ISO 3200

    For the production of high-quality black-and-white prints, Leic
    Camera AG also offers a unique service in collaboration wit
    Whitewall. After registering their Leica M Monochrom on the Leic
    website, customers can have their digital images from the M Monochrom
    printed on premium-quality baryte paper. These prints can be ordered
    from Whitewall through a personal link.

    From photojournalism and available light photography to discreet,
    artistically aesthetic, creative compositions – the Leica M Monochrom
    adapts flexibly to every application and enables the expression of
    personal photographic style and consciously creative composition. The
    enormous potential performance of the current M-Lens portfolio, with
    focal lengths from 16 to 135 mm, is also fully accessible. In line
    with Leica's renowned commitment to extreme system compatibility,
    almost all lenses of the Leica M range built since 1954 can still be
    used on the M Monochrom.

    All characteristic properties of the Leica rangefinder system are also
    present in the new Leica M Monochrom. This, for instance, also
    includes the system's intuitive and discreet handling. Its manual
    focusing based on the combined viewfinder and rangefinder concept and
    aperture priority exposure mode is an aid to photographers rather than
    placing undesired limitations on their creative freedom. In
    combination with the monitor display on the back of the camera, the
    simple menu navigation needs only a few control elements to enable
    rapid access to the entire range of camera functions. Together with
    its compact construction, the camera's almost silent shutter benefits
    discreet and unobtrusive photography. Photographers can even select
    the appropriate moment for re-cocking the shutter. When longer
    exposure times requiring an extremely steady camera stance are
    essential, a slight pressure on the shutter release button in 'soft
    release' mode is sufficient.

    All functions of the Leica M Monochrom are constructed with extreme
    robustness and a long working life in mind. Its one-piece, full-metal
    housing, made from a high-strength magnesium alloy, and the top deck
    and bottom plate, machined from solid brass blanks, provide perfect
    protection for its precious inner mechanisms. The digital components
    and shutter assembly of the M Monochrom are similarly constructed with
    a view to a lifetime of endurance. For photographers, this provides
    absolute reliability over decades of use. The experienced hands of
    Leica technicians at the factory in Solms are responsible for the
    assembly and calibration of M Monochrom bodies and the precise testing
    of all mechanical and electrical components. Leica Customer Care has
    decades of experience in repairs and maintenance and therefore creates
    a solid foundation for long life and enduring value. Even today, the
    service department maintains and repairs all M-Cameras built since

    The Leica M-System has played a significant role in the development of
    the company's performance in recent years. The annual figures have
    been correspondingly positive since the launch of the Leica M9 in
    September 2009 and are now registering record revenues.

    The Leica M Monochrom in black chrome will be available from Leica
    dealers including the Leica Store Washington DC beginning in late July


    Solms, Germany (May 10, 2012) - Leica Camera AG presents a new
    milestone in the history of lens construction: the Leica
    APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. With the goal of creating a lens that
    fully achieves the opportunities offered by high-resolution camera
    systems, Leica engineers have successfully redefined the limits of
    what is technically possible. The result is an extremely
    high-performance lens that sets entirely new standards and currently
    stands as an exceptional talent amongst the standard lenses of the
    Leica M portfolio.

    This new reference lens achieves the best test results ever seen in
    the Leica M-Lens program. The MTF curves of the Leica APO-Summicron-M
    50 mm f/2 ASPH. that describe the contrast of fine details and, in
    turn, the image sharpness, confirm its outstanding performance. Even
    the finest details are resolved with more than 50% contrast across the
    entire image field. This previously unattained value confirms the
    exceptional positioning of this lens. All images captured with the
    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. in any photographic situation
    show extreme sharpness and resolution of details from corner to corner
    of the image. Additionally, the apochromatic correction of the lens
    minimizes chromatic aberration on sharp edges to ensure natural
    rendition of every detail. As a result, photographers benefit from the
    best possible reproduction results at any print size.

    The outstanding performance of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2
    ASPH. is founded on the perfect interaction of all its design and
    construction parameters, from optical calculation and choice of
    materials to the sophisticated and elaborate manufacturing and
    finishing of the lens. Together with more than 150 years of experience
    in the design and construction of optical instruments, Leica's
    reputation as the manufacturer of the world's best lenses is once
    again emphasized.

    The new design of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is based
    on the optical design of its predecessor that has been on the market
    since 1979 and is the oldest lens represented in the Leica M
    portfolio. The classical specifications, 50 mm focal length and a
    maximum aperture of f2, offered an ideal starting point for further
    development. As such, Leica's expert lens designers were able to
    concentrate exclusively on the improvement of imaging quality within
    these standard specifications.

    In its optical design, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is
    oriented on particular features of the Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
    and the Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lenses. For instance, the Leica
    APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. also incorporates a floating element.
    The lens group behind the diaphragm is designed as a floating element
    that changes its position relative to the front group during focusing,
    ensuring that the lens achieves outstanding imaging quality throughout
    its focusing range, including at closer focusing distances.

    The realization of the apochromatic correction of the Leica
    APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. involved the use of specially
    formulated glasses based on original developments from the former
    Leitz glass laboratory. The use of such glasses requires great effort
    and many years of experience. As a result of the consistent
    advancement of optical processes, working with these high-quality
    glasses has been refined to such a fine art that they are integrated
    in the best possible quality into Leica lenses as evidenced today in
    the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH.

    As a particularly reliable product with enduring value and made in
    Germany, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is manufactured
    from only the best materials and is assembled in an elaborate process
    completely by hand at Leica's factory in Solms. The combination of
    cutting-edge technologies and painstaking manufacturing procedures
    guarantees the consistently excellent quality of every single Leica

    The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. in black finish will be
    available from Leica dealers including the Leica Store Washington DC
    from late July 2012.
    MummyChunk, May 12, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    I am curious as to your reasons for this cut and paste effort when a
    simple url link to the article would have surficed. Especially since
    most of the usual suspects in these photo groups were well aware of the
    latest Leica news to be found in leicarumors.com.

    Savageduck, May 12, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    On 2012-05-11 18:15:38 -0700, MummyChunk said:
    : > From ENG
    : >
    : >
    : >
    : I am curious as to your reasons for this cut and paste effort when a
    : simple url link to the article would have surficed. Especially since
    : most of the usual suspects in these photo groups were well aware of the
    : latest Leica news to be found in leicarumors.com.
    : <
    : http://leicarumors.com/2012/05/10/l...-black-and-white-photography.aspx/#more-15088
    : >

    Frankly, I'd suggest that he not bother to answer. Life is too short to waste
    on such trivia. If you really care why somebody posts a (reasonably sized)
    excerpt rather than a link thereto, alt.psychology might be a good place to

    Robert Coe, May 12, 2012
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    philo Guest


    but more importantly is a camera like that really needed?

    I have my doubts
    philo, May 13, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    There are undoubtably some folks who feel they might need one of those.
    I am sure that they are fine photographic artists, and discerning pros.
    However, the cost of this Leica far exceeds the upper tolerance level
    of my wallet, and my needs.

    NIK Silver Efex Pro meets my needs for flexible B&W conversion, and by
    comparison with the new Leica is a bargain.
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    Savageduck, May 13, 2012
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    philo Guest

    Quite outstanding shots!

    For me...I always shoot in color, then if needed convert to grayscale
    later if necessary.

    I rarely know in advance what's going to be appropriate.
    philo, May 13, 2012
  7. I hate to think how little camera gear I'd have if I restricted myself
    to the stuff I really needed.
    Chris Malcolm, May 13, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Thanks for that.
    There have been occasions I have shot in Monochrome using my D300s and
    experimented with the Nikon in-camera toning filters, mostly yellow,
    red, green. That gives me an immediate B&W jpeg with those filter
    effects along with a full color data RAW if I care to make a color
    version or a different software B&W conversion.

    For the most part I just shoot RAW in full color.

    I find that making a grayscale B&W conversion leaves you with a
    somewhat bland monochrome image. If you are using PS of any variety,
    better to use the channels method, or in some of the later CS versions,
    the B&W conversion adjustment layer.
    That is the standard operating procedure for me. However, there are
    times I think I have planned a shot, only to find something unplanned
    worked much better. I live for the "miraculous accident".
    Savageduck, May 13, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Look at its other posts.
    Alan Browne, May 13, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, May 13, 2012
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    philo Guest

    Yep...I rarely plan or stage anything.

    The one time I did some planned and posed shots...
    the best one of the day was a candid shot I did while my model (aka
    wife) was taking a break.

    Hmmm I never have used the B&W conversion adjustment layer...it will be
    something I'll have to fool with one of these days.
    philo, May 13, 2012
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    philo Guest

    Why wait...I gave it a try just now.

    I usually use a simple program like ACDsee to just convert to grayscale.

    This time I used GIMP and use the desaturation method
    then compared it to the way I had been doing things.

    Definitely better using desaturation !

    I just learned something....thank you!
    philo, May 13, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Yup! Somehow the image tells me what to do.

    Sometimes I am wrong in listening; and
    Sometimes I am wrong in not listening.
    PeterN, May 13, 2012
  14. MummyChunk

    PeterN Guest

    It give you a lot of control. For even more control and variety, I use
    PeterN, May 13, 2012
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    philo Guest

    I took Savageduck's advice and got better results. When I told my wife
    that I tried de-saturation and it worked better than simply converting
    to grayscale...she simply said : "I've been telling you that for years!"
    philo, May 13, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    You just need to know, who knows what in your house.
    ....but then there are times the answer is given in opposite sex code
    once the question is asked.
    Savageduck, May 13, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Offtimes even before the question is asked.
    PeterN, May 13, 2012
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    Jon Fabian Guest

    I would think that depends on the definition of the word "need". For me it
    is enticing because I do not do enough MF-only work to justify the
    purchase of a Phase-One monochrome back. And since the Leica will cost 20%
    what an MF back costs, it puts it well within the realm of possibility.
    Add my large collection of Leica glass, both M-mount and screw mount, my
    total cost will be lower than many others'.

    Do I "need" it? I shoot monochrome almost exclusively, which means that
    there are many things I won't have to do in Photoshop (or whatever) that I
    would with a color conversion. Am I in the majority, even of Leica users?
    No. But I have held off buying Leica digital this long specifically
    because I was hoping for a monochrome-only body. Obviously I'm in the
    tiniest of minority of photographers, but I know a few others in my
    situation who are looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

    And to stave off any general anti-Leica sentiment, anyone can make an
    optically near-perfect lens nowadays. My favorite Leica lenses were not
    designed with the help of a computer (i.e., they're old). imperfections
    draw me to older lenses. I could just as easily use Canon, Nikon, or
    Contax rangefinders, I just happen to prefer Leicas.
    Jon Fabian, May 30, 2012
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