The world of black and white photography with Leica M Monochrom

Somehow Leica camera users are attracted to black and white photography. Some say, what’s the fun of only black and white while the world is full of beautiful colors. I completely agree with the opinion. But black and white has its own beauty point. It makes a photo much simpler than color photo yet it might leave more strong impression. At least this is how I look at it.

I had a chance to borrow Leica M Monochrom CCD version(original Leica M Monochrom). A rumor goes it produces more film like photos compared with typ246 New Leica M Monochrom. The only way to find out is to try.

 

Leica M Monochrom CCD, Summaron 1:5.6/28
Leica M Monochrom CCD, Summaron 1:5.6/28

 

B&W film photography has fine grain components but with digital version, it’s crystal clear black and white. You may convert color photos into B&W but with Monochrom body between black and white color, there are a lot of grey colors to make it look more rich.

 

Leica M Monochrom CCD, Summaron 1:5.6/28
Leica M Monochrom CCD, Summaron 1:5.6/28

 

With Leica M10, I normally post process photos with DNG RAW file format, but with Monochrom, JPG is a bit better than DNG.

 

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In combination with Summaron lens, Leica M Monochrom CCD version makes bold black and white photos. Honestly I can’t tell which photos are from CCD version vs CMOS version(typ246). Both make great photos. However, typ246 is more easy to use while CCD version has more rough noise like ILFORD DELTA 400 grain when it is used in high ISO (low light).

For your comparison, click here to check out typ246 Leica M Monochrom experience.

Here are two more photos taken by Leica MM typ246.

typ246 Leica M Monochrom, Summicron-M 1:2/35 ASPH
typ246 Leica M Monochrom, Summicron-M 1:2/35 ASPH

 

typ246 Leica M Monochrom, Summicron-M 1:2/35 ASPH
typ246 Leica M Monochrom, Summicron-M 1:2/35 ASPH