Fri 11-May-12 04:05 AM | edited Fri 11-May-12 11:04 PM by William Symonds
>I think I'll pass on this one, Mike!
One huge upside about digital BW is the ability to apply colour filters after the event. And the supplied Silver Efex Pro (a quite wonderful tool)is very significantly disabled if working with BW files - colour filters and film emulation stop working altogether.
I never ever use BW digital files - though sometimes with the X100 I shoot in BW so that the OVF shows a BW image, but then I always use the Raw file (which retains all colour information) for PP in Silver Efex Pro.
Different BW films render colours in different ways. Would you buy a film camera that only accepted one type of BW film? For $8k??
If you really want to shoot traditional BW get yourself a M6 or F100 and fill your fridge with T Max.
Fri 11-May-12 10:15 AM | edited Fri 11-May-12 11:29 PM by William Symonds
Yes. And the $50,000 Hermes collection! Leica are right out there looking for a Veblen good to empty rich Asian pockets. I'm not sure I'd call them a camera company any more.
It gets worse - I have just seen that he who know everything and cannot be named is claiming it is a brilliant camera and all his idea, along with the $8k 50mm f/2.
The level of detail would have to be out of this world to justify the compromise made in not capturing colour, with all the breadth of tone that this provides. I think I know which one means more to me in BW photography. And with a D800 you get both!
Finally this is what Leica are saying on the website - this is just not true - film emulation is all about colour sensitivity, and it is virtually disabled if you use a BW file.
"The camera is packaged with a full versionof Silver Efex Pro 2 to let users recreate the looks of their favorite black-and-white films...."
I can see the thought behind the Monochrom but not the ridiculous price of this lens. This is still a 50mm f2 lens. It's a $1000 more then their 21mm f1.4 aspherical. It makes no sense.
As for the Monochrom I already know a couple US photographers that want one. Historically the Leica rangefinder camera is a street shooters camera using b&w film. They can remove the AA filter and with a new high resolution sensor and those wonderful high resolution lenses produce stunningly sharp photos. And of course this camera becomes an instant classic and not an outrageous price for a Leica body. While I love my Leica gear I can no longer afford their offerings of the past few years.