• Have a bump!

    Also, very curious about your experiences with the Monochrom - do you have a Flickr account or anything?

  • Also, very curious about your experiences with the Monochrom - do you have a Flickr account or anything?

    Thanks for your interest and bump. The first generation Leica Monochrom camera is a true, but quirky, classic. It is a unique digital camera with the wonderful rendering of tones produced by its monochrome CCD sensor and processing, but it loses detail in the highlights when overexposed that cannot be recovered from RAW images (in contrast to a colour sensor). As all pixels recorded appear in the final image, rather than being interpolated from a colour filter array, the files viewed close up are incredibly detailed and as a result the 18MP resolution is enough for pretty much any use. The buffer is tiny and I take photographs at the pace of a film camera. The shutter-recocking motor is loud, but in discrete single-shot mode I'm never really aware of the noise. Sadly, the sensors are no longer available for repairs, and though this camera has the replacement sensor that eliminated the original manufacturing fault which used to lead to sensor corrosion, I have to treat it with care knowing it cannot be replaced in the future.

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