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Category: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product: Leica M Monochrom

Leica M Monochrom Hands-On Preview - We have a hands-on look at the new Leica M Monochrom, the full frame digital rangefinder from Leica with a black and white sensor.

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Leica M Monochrom
Leica M Monochrom

Here are a number of hands-on photos of the Leica M Monochrom with the new Leica 50mm f/2.0 ASPH. lens. At the heart of the Leica M Monochrom is the new 18 megapixel black and white sensor:

Leica M Monochrom Sensor
Leica M Monochrom Sensor

First Impressions: Setting options while the camera was still held up to the eye was possible as you can quickly learn where options are, with positive feedback on the scroll wheel. The camera has a lot of latitude in the shadows with a lot of detail recoverable so it is best to underexpose with the camera, rather than over-expose, as very little could be recovered from overexposed highlights even when shooting RAW. The sensor is the same as used in the Leica M9, with the same micro lenses in place, however the colour array (bayer filter) is not present, making the sensor more sensitive to light.

Leica M Monochrom Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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Here are a number of sample photos taken with a pre-production Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder, and the new 50mm f/2.0 ASPH. lens. Click the image to view a larger version, or click "Hi-Res" to see the full size JPEG. The images have been converted from DNG to JPEG with no other adjustments made. Noise at ISO10,000 was impressive with the image having a fine grain.

Leica M Monochrom Other sample images

1/1000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320

1/1000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320
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Leica | 1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320

Leica | 1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320
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Jon Bentley | 1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320

Jon Bentley | 1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320
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1/360 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320

1/360 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320
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Leica M Monochrom ISO test images

1/60 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320

1/60 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 320
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1/90 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 400

1/90 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 400
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1/125 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 500

1/125 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 500
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1/180 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 800

1/180 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 800
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1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 1250

1/250 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 1250
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1/360 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 1600

1/360 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 1600
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1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 2000

1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 2000
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1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 2500

1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 2500
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1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 3200

1/500 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 3200
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1/750 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 4000

1/750 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 4000
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1/750 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 5000

1/750 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 5000
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1/1000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 6400

1/1000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 6400
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1/1499 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 8000

1/1499 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 8000
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1/2000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 10000

1/2000 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 10000
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ISO10000 | 1/3003 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 10000

ISO10000 | 1/3003 sec | f/0.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 10000
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Leica M Monochrom Specifications

ManufacturerLeica
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 5270
Pixels (H) 3516
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size Full Frame
Sensor Size (width) 23.9mm
Sensor Size (height) 35.8mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 2.5in
Screen resolution 230k
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Manual
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 32sec
Exp modes
  • Manual
  • Aperture-Priority
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity 160 - 10000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
Exposure Comp +/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 2fps
Video
Movie mode No
Video Resolution
    Video FPS No Data
    Stereo Sound No
    Optical Zoom with Video No
    Other Features
    Image Stabilisation No
    Interface
    HDMI No
    USB USB 2
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    • RAW + JPG
    Power Source
    Battery Type Lithium Ion
    CIPA Rating 350
    Box Contents
    Box Contents Charger 100-240 V with 2 mains cables (EU, USA, different in some export markets) and 1 car charger, lithium ion battery, USB cable, carrying strap.
    Dimensions
    Weight 585g
    Width 139mm
    Height 80mm
    Depth 37mm

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    Andyphotography
    17 Jun 2012 - 12:11 PM

    Oh yes please!Grin

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