However, if you want a true grayscale camera, this is the best option (the other being a very expensive medium format camera) to create these images. There is a lot more information captured, both in smooth areas and in detailed areas. Take advantage of Leica's latest lenses to get the best and most from this camera's sensor.
Sample image was taken through a widow on a dull, cloudy day. Exceptional range of tonal values in details and overall. This was a big purchase, and one I didn't take lightly.
I do wish that Leica would equip these with a high resolution electronic viewfinder.
I use a mirrorless full format camera with my Leica M lenses and manual focusing on that system is easier.
Unique among digital cameras, the Typ 246 maintains Leica's preference for a rangefinder design and incorporates a 0.68x optical viewfinder with split and superimposed manual focusing, automatic parallax correction, and manual image field selection.B&H only collects sales tax on orders shipped to addresses in the States of New York and New Jersey.You may be responsible for state and local sales/use taxes when filing your tax returns. Consistent with Leica's passion for classic designs mixed with contemporary functionality, the M Monochrom (Typ 246) Digital Rangefinder Camera is a unique digital camera dedicated to producing black and white imagery.Lacking a color filter array, as well as an optical low pass filter, the M Monochrom's full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor records solely in luminance values, forgoing the need for color interpolation, in order to gain the utmost in sharpness, clarity, and resolution.Complementing the imaging capabilities, the Leica Maestro image processor also affords a sensitivity range from ISO 320-25000 as well as a 3 fps shooting rate with a 2GB buffer for recording up to 30 frames in a sequence.This camera is a sublime tool that does its job with accuracy, precision, and ease. This camera is ready in an instant, and hits its mark like you'd expect a Leica to do. The no-logo aesthetic and black chrome finish is awesome.After shooting for a night or day, I just sit and stare at the results on my computer and Epson printer like I used to stare at a drying print after a long session in a dark room. In my opinion it is the best look of any current digital M bodies.By omitting a color filter array, as well as an optical low pass filter, this camera records imagery only in luminance values in order to gain higher sharpness, as well as increased clarity, depth, and resolution.Additionally, this design also contributes to reduce noise values when shooting at higher sensitivities, up to ISO 25000.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 47.1mm (mechanical metering basis 69.25 mm x viewfinder magnification of 0.68x).