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LeicaM Monochrom Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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Pros

  • Great resolution (13)
  • Good in low light (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Compact (6)
  • Fast shutter speed (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (8)
    • Family photos (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Street photography (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    delivers what it promises

    By alexandre

    from Sao Paulo - Brasil

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    Pros

    • Accuracy
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artistic Photos
      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

      taken with extreme accuracy and precision. Easy to operate and offers impressive results

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      5.0

      from M6 to Monochrom

      By loveGTI

      from San Francisco

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

        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. In a nutshell, I love this camera, I couldn't have bought another one, I was also in the market for a M240 but definitely b/w was what I was looking for, I'm so happy with this camera.

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        4.0

        Beautiful, but take along extra battery

        By Leica Ti Man

        from Seattle WA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

        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.

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        4.0

        The Leica is a joy to shoot with!

        By DanT

        from NE US

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Fit And Finish Superb
        • Good Battery Life
        • Manual controls
        • Small Footprint

        Cons

        • Very High Priced

        Best Uses

          Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

          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. What led me to both systems was the option of manual controls. If Fuji had not put a shutter dial on the X cams I never would have bought one. I do a lot of zone focus shooting in dim light as well as fast street shots. In dim light or fast shooting, the Fuji AF does not work well. I don't have time to figure out the push button controls on the new school cameras created by the young gun, camera fondling engineers. The engineers keep making things more complex with more buttons and menus to screw with. By the time you screw with the buttons, the shot is gone. I am an old time film photographer and I like old school controls. Shutter speed dial, aperture ring and a focus scale on a lens. Is that asking for too much??What I like about the Monochrom is that I don't have to fool with BW conversions. The Monochrom has helped me get back to enjoying BW...less time with PP and more time shooting. Shooting with the Monochrom also reminds one to think in BW and look for appropriate shots. The Monochrom images will still require some PP work if you want to perfect them. If you don't like PP, I would not recommend a Monochrom. The Monochrom has beautiful film like grain at ISO 2000 - 2500. Much above this ISO and I don't like the grain / noise. Same with the M240. If you think by buying a Monochrom you will suddenly be a BW genius and be able to make better BW images than with a comparable digital color cam, you will most likely be disappointed. The current conversion software can produce very good BW images from digital color. And you also have the option of using the software's filters to enhance the color conversion. Something the Monochrom is not able to do. You must use lens filters on the Monochrom.The buffer on the Monochrom is decent and is not as slow as the M240. I've lost a few shots with the slow Leica buffering on the M240. But I've also lost shots with the Fuji X and all their screwy buttons and controls. Fuji seems to be trending to taking manual controls away from the photographer. They removed the focus scale from their new super wide zoom. The aperture rings have been redesigned into a useless unmarked ring. And the 'focus by wire' is one of the worst inventions any camera company has come up with. The Fuji lenses that do have a marked aperture ring are poorly designed. They are such a loose goose affair that I have to use gaffers tape on mine to keep them from constantly moving. Fuji's AF is terrible for low light and problem conditions. Even with these shortcomings...Fuji must be commended for their superb X sensor.The Leica is a joy to shoot with. The focus is positive and the manual controls straight forward. Simplicity is the hallmark of the Leica. I don't have to use gaffers tape on my Leicas.The Fuji has a quieter shutter than the Leica. The Monochrom does have the drop on the M240 with shutter sound. You can set the shutter for 'discreet' on the Monochrom and it allows the noisy cocking of the shutter to be done when you release the shutter button. What needs to be done to make things right on the rangefinder world is this… Fuji needs to make an affordable $3000 - $3500 24mp FF rangefinder that takes Leica lenses. They need to copy the Leica and drop one of their superb sensors in it. If Fuji uses one of their sensors a FF 24 mp Fuji would probably equal a 36 mp Nikon D800. As it is, the little Fuji X 16mp crop sensor about equals Leica M240 FF 24mp sensor. See:http://photographycompared.tumblr.com/BUT… Fuji must refrain from trying to reinvent the wheel into a square as they have done with their X system. Leica perfected eons ago what is needed in a good documentary camera. Fuji, Canon or Nikon could only improve on a Leica by making their Leica rangefinder copy affordable to more people and putting a better sensor in it. While the sensors in the Leica's are good, they are not stupendous. And if this never happens...we can still all be grateful that 'for a price' one can buy such a beautiful camera as a Leica.

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          4.0

          Great B&W Choice

          By Jim

          from Texas

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

            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.
            The LCD is small, but that has not been an issue, but live-view would really help with composition on a tripod.
            The size and weight make it the perfect choice for travel.
            It is outstanding for portraits if the model is not moving.
            I rated it 4Stars because it is extremely over priced.

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            5.0

            Amazing B/W Rangefinder

            By Solomon

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • Low Res Lcd Screen

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

            This is a very niche camera, but if you are looking for amazing black and white images there is likely no better camera than this in capturing dynamic range, contrast and detail.

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            5.0

            Most Exciting Camera!

            By Sal

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Quiet Unobtrussive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Street Photography

              Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

              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.

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              5.0

              Best Camera I've Ever Owned

              By JB in Atl

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Street Photography
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                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. And that is something I haven't found with any other digital camera, albeit I haven't used a Phase One before.
                I find the files a breeze to process, particularly since many elements aren't there to worry about...i.e. white balance and color channels. And with Leica glass, the rendering is just superb!
                All in all, this camera costs as much as a used Honda. So would I recommend buying it? If you can afford it and love monochrome images, than absolutely! It truly is the best camera I've ever owned.

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                5.0

                Compact, Sexy, Flawless Image Quality

                By Full Frame Shooter

                from Fort Worth, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • DURABLE
                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Sexy
                • Small / Compact
                • Timeless

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Street Photography

                Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                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. I love the fact that the images are displayed flat on the rear LCD, it gives you an element of surprise when you get home and start to process the images. Only then do you realize what you have. Spend more time shooting and enjoying the process, look at your photos later. This camera is sexy, people will want to talk to you about it, more importantly people will want you to take their picture with it. Underexpose and pull the data from the shadows, avoid blown highlights, everything else is in the minds eye. This camera will fuel your desire to capture life's moments no matter what level you are in you photography career. M Monochrom will make you fall in love with snapping all over again.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
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                • No

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                5.0

                The Sharpest Camera Ever Made

                By Amudgarden

                from Phoenix, MD

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                    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. The M9 is no slouch, but the Monochrom gives an image a sharper rendering of that "Leica look". And, since it's only black and white, it shoots in low light situations superbly...I've never seen a camera work at such high ISOs without noise being an issue. You can shoot all day long indoors without a flash at high ISOs and get picture perfect sharp images.

                    If you compose correctly and know how to focus a rangefinder well, you will be rewarded with images that will give you a 3D look, and a subject thats cleanly leaps out of the photo in front of the creamy out of focus background.

                    Within minutes, this because my favorite camera I've ever used. Contrast and clarity are unmatched by any other camera body I've seen.

                    My only gripe is that the LCD is useless in reviewing images (it's too small and the images just look terrible)...but if you're looking for a true camera and know how to shoot, you don't have a need to see your images in a small screen anyway. If you absolutely need to see your images via the LCD, you will feel uncomfortable using this camera until you get used to not seeing what you just shot. Once you get used to the camera, an LCD screen becomes irrelevant.

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                    5.0

                    Love this Leica

                    By Allen

                    from Chicago Il

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Street Work And Candids

                        Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                        I have had my MM since late Nov and I love it. The clean high ISO, sharpness and dynamic range are really as good as it gets in a FF format.

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                        5.0

                        After waiting more than 4 months, hooray

                        By Monochrom

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Great Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                            Lives up to the hype. Shoulder strap missing when arrived. Not a big deal but for this price, you would expect perfection.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 8
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Killer camera for B&W

                            By Allen

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                                  Far exceeds the M9 in low light. 3200 ISO is beautiful and for B&W there is nothing in full frame 135 format that can touch it. The ability to obtain very clean images at 3200 ISO allows me to shoot fast moving subjects at f/8 or f/11 at 1/500 of a second something I never had with the M9. If you shoot B&W street photographs there is not a better digital camera for this at this point in time.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 10
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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Marvelous camera, but not superior to M9

                                  By Joe

                                  from Santa Fe, NM

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Resolution

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                                    I am a very active and serious amateur photographer. I am a long-time user and (in general) a lover of Leica products. For years I have used the M6 and M7, and now the M9;almost all my work is in B&W. I was excited to hear about the Monochrom and ordered one many months ago; I just recently received mine.

                                    The Monochrom is a marvelous camera. It gives stunning B&W images with all the good qualities we have come to expect from Leica. The M9 is also a marvelous camera and gives stunning B&W and color images. The issue for me was simply this: Are the images from the Monochrom significantly better than those I get from the M9?

                                    The answer, alas, is no. I carefully tested both cameras, hand-held and tripod-mounted,each with the same Leica lens. I then opened side-by-side images on my large monitor and made 16x20 prints of each on a high-quality printer.

                                    While there were some very small differences, there were none that could not be dealt with in any high-quality image-handling program.

                                    Would I recommend this camera to friend? In general, yes, but not over an M9.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 9
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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Leica M Monochrom

                                    By cancan

                                    from Israel

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Battery Life
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Resolution
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                                        I love the b/w results

                                        • Ease of Operation:
                                        • 9
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                                        • Yes

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                                        5.0

                                        Black and White Photography

                                        By JPenland

                                        from Easley, South Carolina

                                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good in Low Light
                                        • Great Resolution

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about M Monochrom Digital Camera (Black):

                                          I bought this camera for I now find 99 percent of all color photography boring. In my opinion black and white photography is photography in it's purest form.
                                          Composition, shape, and texture are more emphasized with the element of color removed. I feel the rich tones with this camera are the closest you can get to B/W film "digitally".

                                          Like the M9, The quality workmanship of this camera is magnificent and when combined with some of the world's sharpest lenses, the combination is unbeatable.

                                          Two of the world's greatest digital photography software programs are included: Adobe Lightroom and NIK Silver Efex Pro 2.

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