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May 112012
 
Leica Monochrom M9-B&W

Leica Monochrom M9-B&W

For those of you that like Leica, and like B&W photography, Leica has just released a perfect solution for you. A monochrom Leica M9 for $8000.00 USD. Leica says they have taken out the color filter array so the images should be sharper because the light doesn’t need to go into individual RGB channels. It has an ISO of  300-10,000 and pull option of ISO 160 to maximize dynamic range. They also announced a 50mm Summicron APO lens for $7200.00 all that for a aspherical lens that will hopefully get rid of chromatic aberrations.

We’ll see if it really performs better than just shooting in color and converting to B&W from what I’ve seen so far, it doesn’t. At $8000.00 for just B&W the M9 looks like a deal and so does the previous version of the Leica Summicron 50mm which we have tested on this site. In most situations you don’t even see the chromatic aberrations. For those hand full of situations is it worth the extra $5000 USD??

You can pre-order the Leica M-Monochrom at Adorama along with the Leica 50mm Summicron APO.

Leica M-Monochrom Hands-on Preview: Digital Photography Review.


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