Leica M Monochrom


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  • Digital black-and-white photography with the M Monochrom
  • The high standards of the world’s first digital black-and-white camera are carried forward into the next generation – and exceeded.

NB - camera is not supplied with a lens

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Leica M Monochrom €7450.00
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The next level

Photographers who consciously employ the unique aesthetics of black-and-white photography to express their creativity can rely on the Leica M Monochrom as a modern tool. As the successor to the world’s first digital black-and-white camera, it offers the latest technologies to support creative visualisation in its archetypal form. For pictures of unequalled quality. For pictures with previously unimaginable sharpness, depth and clarity. A pioneer in every respect. A true Leica.

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Instantaneous response

Black-and-white photography with unrivalled speed: with the Leica Maestro, the Leica M Monochrom not only features the same high-performance processor as its counterpart with colour vision, the Leica M, but also offers the extra speed reserves of a 2 GB buffer memory. This enables sequential shooting at three times the speed of the previous model – with pictures in the exceptional M quality photographers expect. The pictures are instantaneously available for display in review mode and written as JPEG files and/or RAW data in DNG format to the memory card.

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Leica M Monochrom – the sharpest way to see things in black and white: thanks to a high-resolution 24-megapixel sensor that captures images in 35 mm full-frame format – with three times the speed of its predecessor. As the sensor records only luminance values, this leads to 100% sharper pictures with an exceptional depth, clarity and resolution of details that by far exceed those of colour exposures – even when shooting with the highest ISO sensitivity settings. Pictures that already satisfy professional demands in JPEG format.

A discreet delight

Discreet and solidly built, the Leica M Monochrom brings all the essentials anyone could ever need for unobtrusive photography – to last a lifetime, if you wish. Its endurance is guaranteed by the superior quality and solidity of the materials that go into its construction – top deck and baseplate are machined from solid brass and the camera body is engineered from high-strength magnesium alloy. Equally hard-wearing is the extremely scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire glass cover plate for its LCD monitor. This reduction to the essentials is what makes it a true Leica.

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As if painted with light

The omission of colour filters in front of the sensor allows more light to reach its surface. More light for aesthetic, pin-sharp and finely resolved exposures at sensitivities up to ISO 25000. Pictures that possess a finely grained noise signature at the highest ISO values that are reminiscent of the look of analogue photos. Thanks to the combination of low susceptibility to noise, a bright viewfinder/rangefinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses, the Leica M Monochrom opens up entirely new dimensions for available-light photography.

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Creative contrasts

By modifying the conversion of colours to grey scale values, yellow, green and orange lens filters – calculated especially for use with the Leica M Monochrom – offer new opportunities for the exploration of creative effects with light and contrast. This means that the colour of the filter in the original scene becomes brighter and its complementary colour darker. This is effective for creating unusual moods in landscapes, portraits and other genres of photography. At the same time, multilayer coating reduces reflections and ensures high transmission without vignetting.

Full visual control with Live View

In Live View mode, the high-resolution 3" monitor with a resolution of 921,600 pixels enables complete control of composition, framing, exposure, focusing and depth of field. Live View also offers two additional focusing methods: Live View Zoom for tenfold magnification of the scene or subject, and Focus Peaking, which automatically marks the edges of objects in colour when they are sharply focused. All leading to the same destination: pictures with exceptional sharpness.

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Moving pictures in M quality

Video at the press of a button: the Leica M Monochrom has a separate release button for activating video recording in 1080p full-HD format. Thanks to a dedicated adapter, the legendary R-series lenses can also be used for recording video with all available functions. Perfect sound is ensured by an optional Leica microphone adapter set, comprising an adapter and a stereo microphone.

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Camera type: Compact digital view and rangefinder system camera with a dedicated black-and-white image sensor.
Lens mount: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding
Lens system: Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.
Material: All-metal die cast magnesium body, synthetic leather covering. Brass top panel and base, black chrome plated finish.
Image Sensor: B/W CMOS chip, active area approx. 23.9 35.8 mm (corresponds to usable format of analog Leica M models) without color and low-pass filter.
Resolution: DNG: 5976 3992 (24 megapixels), JPEG: 5952 3968 (24 megapixels), 4256 2832 (12 megapixels), 2976 17984 (6 megapixels), 1600 1072 (1.7 megapixels). For video recordings: 720 P, 1080 P.
Data formats: DNG (raw data), either uncompressed or compressed (lossless), JPEG.
File size: DNG: compressed 20-30 MB, uncompressed 34.5 MB, JPEG: depending on resolution and picture content
Video recording format : 24 fps, 25 fps
Buffer memory: 2 GB/30 pictures in series.
Sound recording: Mono, stereo using microphone adapter, choice of automatic or manual modulation during recording or fixed Concert setting.
Storage media: SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards up to 32 GB, SDXC cards.
Burst rate: 3fps
Self timer: 2s / 12s
Storage Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards
Compatibility: Windows Vista SP2 / 7 / 8 ; Mac  OS X (10.5 or higher).
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, with variable aperture, center-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with system-compliant SCA-3000/2 standard flash units.
Metering principle/ method: By metering the light reflected by light blades of the 1st shutter curtain onto a measuring cell: strong center-weighted; for metering on the sensor: spot, center-weighted, multi-field metering.
Metering range: (to ISO 320, room temperature and normal relative humidity:) EV 0 (with aperture 1.0) to EV 20 (with aperture 32). Flashing of the left-hand triangular LED in the viewfinder signals that the exposure meter reading is below the working range.
Sensitivity range: ISO 320 to ISO 25000, adjustable in 1/3 ISO increments, choice of automatic control or manual setting
Exposure mode: Choice of automatic shutter speed control with manual aperture preselection aperture priority A, or manual shutter speed and aperture setting.
Viewfinder principle: Large, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder with automatic parallax compensation.
Image field indication: By activating two bright-line frames each: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or for 50 and 75 mm. Automatic switching when lens is attached. Frame color (red/white) selectable in menu.
Magnification: 0.68 x (for all lenses).
Display In the viewfinder: Four-digit digital display with dots above and below, displays.
On back: 3" TFT LCD monitor with 16 million colors and 921,600 pixels, approx. 100 image field, max. 170 viewing angle, glass cover of extremely hard, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for LiveView and review mode.
Shutter : Metal blade focal plane shutter with vertical movement
Shutter speeds: For aperture priority: (A)continuous from 60 s to 1/4000 s. For manual adjustment: 8 s to 1/4000 s in half steps. B:for time exposures up to max. 60 s (in conjunction with self-timer T function, i.e. 1st release shutter opens, 2nd release shutter closes). (1/180 s): fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization, HSS linear flash mode possible with all shutter speeds faster than 1/180 s with HSS-compatible Leica system flash units); for video recordings (aperture priority and manual mode): 1/30 to 1/4000 s, for manual mode possible override of specified shutter speed to ensure correct exposure.
Shutter release button: For single pictures: two-stage, 1. Activation of exposure metering and exposure lock (in aperture priority mode), 2. Shutter release; standard thread for cable release integrated.
GPS: Optional (only with multifunction hand grip attached, not available everywhere due to country-specific legislation, i.e. enforced automatic shutdown in those countries), data written to EXIF header in picture files.
Software Included: 90 day trial subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom.
Dimensions (L H D): Approx. 138,6 42 80 mm (5.45 1.65 3.15 in).
Weight (with battery): Approx. 680 g (24 oz). 
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