Leica M Monochrome Out; Looks at the World in B&W

May 11, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As the world of cameras are day by day flooded by machines that come with exceptional features and different modes, a monochrome camera indeed stands out in the crowd.

May be that is the reason why Leica, the legendary name in camera making, has comes out with a device that records the world around exclusively  in pure Black and White.

The credit goes to the newest addition to Leica’s M series of interchangeable lens rangefinder devices. Though it may not find many takers in the general market, the small set of photographers who need perfect black and white pictures may run for it due to the special sensor of the cam which has no color filter array (CFA).

So it offers better monochrome pictures than usual camera sensors with CFA.

Dubbed M Monochrome, the device has an 18 megapixel full frame CCD. For sharper resolving the CCD comes without a low-pass filter.

With an ISO rang up to 10000, low-light shooting will not be an issue with Monochrome M.

For a device like this, Leica has just revealed a Summicron 50mm f2.0 M-mount lens. The lens is very special since it goes to a special camera. It is hand assembled, and has eight elements in five groups, perfect with an 11 bladed iris. With all that stuff inside, it can focus as close as 0.3 inch.

So if you think the device is just child’s play, it is not. This prime monochrome device costs you dearly with its $7950 price tag and starts shipping in July.

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