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Leica M10 Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar" Rangefinder Camera

BH #LEM10MLW • MFR #20061
Key Features
  • 40MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Ernst Leitz taking over Leica and branding it with the Leitz name, the M10 Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar" is a limited-edition version of the camera featuring a specialized engraving on the top plate of the camera. This camera is part of a limited production run of 650 units.
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Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar"
  • 340MP Black & White CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor
  • 4Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder
  • 5Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 6Other Camera Features

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Ernst Leitz taking over Leica and branding it with the Leitz name, the M10 Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar" is a limited-edition version of the camera featuring a specialized engraving on the top plate of the camera. This camera is part of a limited production run of 650 units.

This specialized digital rangefinder camera has been configured with a unique 40MP full-frame monochrome CMOS sensor, which is used for the sole purpose of recording vivid and rich black and white still photographs. Versus a standard CMOS sensor, this specialized monochrome sensor sees the removal of the color filter array to enable recording of just luminance values in order to achieve greater visual depth and clarity, along with improved sensitivity to ISO 100,000 and reduced noise levels to suit working in difficult lighting. The sensor's design also sees the omission of an optical low-pass filter, which helps to produce sharper, higher resolution imagery.

Sharing design traits with other M10-series cameras, the M10 Monochrom features a slim body profile reminiscent of M film cameras, and a larger 0.73x-magnification optical viewfinder allows for greater composition and focusing accuracy. The body design also incorporates a dedicated ISO dial for quick adjustment, even when the camera is turned off, and the rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD features a Gorilla Glass cover to guard against scratching and light impacts. Also contributing to durability, the top and bottom plates are constructed from brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy to realize a robust physical construction for long-lasting use. Additionally, the M10 Monochrom also features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless sharing and remote camera control from a linked mobile device via the Leica FOTOS app.

Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar"

Distinguishing itself from most, the M10 Monochrom is the third-generation model of the innovative series of black & white-only digital rangefinder cameras. Based on the M10-P, the M10 Monochrom takes the coveted design elements of this camera system and adds a 40MP monochrome sensor for solely recording black and white photographs. Beyond the distinct imaging characteristics and unique image quality, the M10 Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar" also features a monochromatic exterior design, with white and gray engravings on the body, blacked-out shutter and lens release buttons, and a "Leitz Wetzlar" engraving on the top plate.

40MP Black & White CMOS Sensor and Maestro II Processor

A redeveloped full-frame, monochrome 40.89MP CMOS sensor pairs with the Maestro II image processor to deliver a wide dynamic range with notable tonal rendering, as well as enhanced sensitivity to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The sensor's design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution. Additionally, differentiating itself from typical sensor designs, the Monochrom sensor omits a color filter array (CFA), which offers the ability to solely record monochromatic imagery using only luminance values for enhanced clarity, depth, and resolution. By removing the CFA, this camera also achieves a higher sensitivity range of ISO 160-100000 than color-enabled M10 cameras, along with reduced noise to suit working in difficult lighting conditions.

Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder

The optical viewfinder is a large, bright-line 0.73x-magnification rangefinder with automatic parallax compensation and bright-line frame lines, which are set to match the image sensor size at a focusing distance of 6.6'. On the front of the camera, a viewfinder frame selector can also be used to manually change the apparent image field to help visualize the scene with varying focal lengths; options are available in 35mm/135mm, 28mm/90mm, and 50mm/75mm focal length pairs.

The rangefinder mechanism displays split or superimposed bright field images within the center of the viewfinder to benefit accurate manual focusing control. The effective rangefinder metering basis is 50.6mm (mechanical metering basis 69.31mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.73x).

Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi

  • Slim body profile is reminiscent of Leica's film cameras for easier handling and manipulation
  • Integrated ISO dial is featured on the top plate to permit simple and direct adjustment of sensitivity values, even when the camera is turned off.
  • The rear of the camera features just three buttons—live view, playback, and menu—for more simplified and intuitive navigation of the camera's control-set.
  • A programmable Favorites menu can be used, which allows you to define your most oft-used settings and select them for easy, one-touch access.
  • 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an intuitive, bright, and large means for image playback as well as live view shooting.
  • Rear LCD monitor has a Corning Gorilla Glass cover to protect it against scratching and impacts.
  • Top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass and the chassis is built from magnesium alloy for a truly durable, hard-wearing physical construction.
  • Rubber seals are used to prevent the entrance of light rain and dust to enable working in inclement conditions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi permits sharing imagery directly to a linked smartphone and also enables remote control over the M10 Monochrom to adjust select shooting parameters or to release the shutter via the Leica FOTOS app.

Other Camera Features

  • Integrated 2GB buffer for recording 4.5 fps bursts of up to 10 consecutive frames.
  • Images can be recorded in either the DNG or JPEG file format.
  • A top hot shoe permits working with an external flash and the top sync speed is 1/180 sec.
  • When working in live view, focus peaking is available to highlight edges of contrast for easier, more precise manual focus adjustment.
  • Designed to accept all M-mount lenses, Leica R-mount lenses are also compatible through the use of an optional R to M adapter.
  • Compatible with the optional Visoflex accessory electronic viewfinder for manually focusing adapted lenses.
  • Language support: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean.

Leica M10 Monochrom Leitz Wetzlar Specs

Lens MountLeica M
Sensor Type36 x 24 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 40.89 Megapixel (7864 x 5200)
Crop FactorNone
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 160 to 100000
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 8 Seconds
1/4000 to 960 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
0 to 16 Minutes in Bulb Mode
Time Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual
Metering Range-2 to 19 EV
White BalanceAuto, Color Temperature, Manual
Continuous ShootingUp to 4.5 fps at 40.8 MP for up to 10 Frames
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Focus TypeManual Focus Only
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.73x
Resolution1,036,800 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFirst-Curtain Sync, Second-Curtain Sync
Maximum Sync Speed1/180 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Battery1 x BP-SCL5 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.4 VDC, 1300 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.47 x 3.15 x 1.52" / 139 x 80 x 38.5 mm
Weight1.45 lb / 660 g (Body with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.765 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 8.5 x 6.6"
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Diopter integrated to the biewfinder?

Diopter integrated to the biewfinder?
Asked by: Ricardo
No, diopter are sold separately Please review the following diopters that we have to offer
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2021-09-05

Are they come with Len ?

Are they come with Len ?
Asked by: kevin
No, it comes body-only. The lens displayed is for illustrative purposes only.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-07-24

Other than the "special" aspect of this (limited ...

Other than the "special" aspect of this (limited issue etc.) I take it the technical specs. are the same as the standard model?
Asked by: stephen
Yes, it is the same camera as the M10 Monochrom but has "Leitz Wetzlar" engraved on the top plate and is limited to 650 pieces worldwide.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-08-06

Does the software come with black & white ...

Does the software come with black & white filters?
Asked by: Dennis E.
Given that this is a black and white only camera (i.e. the Leica M10 Monochrom "Leitz Wetzlar" Digital Rangefinder Camera (B&H# LEM10MLW), I assume you're asking about using a digital version of color filters like the physical color filters so often used on one's lens when one shoots in B&W to darken tones selectively. (For example, using a red filter to darken skies.) In the case of the Leica M10 Monochrom, however, the sensor actually does not have a color filter array, so that's not possible with this camera at all. Of course, it does shoot in raw file format (in black and white), so you can still apply any preferred digital filter in post production. You might find the "toning" settings to be to your liking, however, to render sepia or other color-toned monochromatic images.
Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2021-11-01

Will the screw-on 1.25x eyepiece magnifier for ...

Will the screw-on 1.25x eyepiece magnifier for the M6 camera work on the M10?
Asked by: Albert
A screw-on 1.25X Eyepiece Magnifier for the Leica M6 would not fit the Leica M10.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-12-03

Is Leica hand grip from Leica M6 compatible with ...

Is Leica hand grip from Leica M6 compatible with M10 Monochrome?
Asked by: Constantin
Unfortunately, the Leica Hand Grip from the Leica M6 is not compatible with the M10 Monochrome. The proper hand grip is the Leica M10 Hand Grip (Black), H # LEHGM10B
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-07-15
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