Leica M Monochrom typ246, Elmar 24mm

Liberate yourself from color.

Whenever I use Leica M Monochrom, I feel liberated. With color photos, I always choose what type of background color I want that matches with the foreground subject. I typically shoot photos very fast, so I have to constantly on the lookout for what background I like while walking with my camera.

This is not the case with Leica M Monochrom. Although it’s completely a digital camera, there is no color filter in the sensor. Therefore, even in raw file format, you don’t have color information. In other words, it’s just like a black and white film.

Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter

During last weekend, I visited Jeju island. It’s in the southern end of South Korea. The island itself is really beautiful, so I was a bit hesitant to use my Leica Monochrom camera but it paid off.

Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter

Due to volcano mountain which is inactive now, there are a lot of rocks like the above photo. Leica Monochrom body takes great care of the texture. It’s especially great for me because I like the texture of volcanic rocks.

Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter
Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter

Liberate yourself from high ISO concerns

Leica Monochrom doesn’t have a color filter. So it processes better with high ISO photos. With this said, I can use high ISO like 12,500 easily.

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Leica M Monochrom, typ246, Elmar-M 1:3.8/24 asph | B+W red filter | High ISO

Even with digital noises, it feels like film grain. The above photo was taken at complete darkness except for a few lights from fishing boats. Yet, I didn’t have to worry about high ISO at F/3.8.

Leica Camera released a new video clip about Leica M Monochrom special edition. Just like the musician in the video, I feel liberated whenever I use my Monochrom yet I could focus on just capturing the moment I like.