The new Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) is the first and only digital camera that captures a real black and white image, still or moving. Reduced to the essentials for true, authentic and direct black and white photography, the Leica M Monochrom offers unparalleled image performance, outstanding low light capabilities and rich details.
Black and white photography is the essence of photography. Leica produced the first first digital monochrome camera in the 35 mm format and the new Leica M Monochrom is a step into the next generation.
The Leica M Monochrom has a 24-megapixel resolution on a monochrom CMOS sensor similar to the Leica M. As the M Monochrom has no need for color filters, it needs no interpolation for the calculation of luminance values. This results in brilliant images which have 100% more details and contrast than what is possible in color photography.
Up to ISO 25,000
The new Leica M Monochrom opens up new dimensions for available-light photography with its combination of low noise up to ISO 25,000, a bright viewfinder, a low-vibration shutter release and fast lenses.
Full Visual Control with Live View
The high-resolution 3” monitor with 921,600 pixels ensures that photographers have complete control of composition, exposure, focusing and depth of field. The Live View also offers two additional focusing methods. The up to 10x magnification in Live View Zoom mode enables full control of the sharpness of details in the image on the monitor or the closest focusing distance. In Live View Focus Peaking mode, sharply focused edges in the image are highlighted by colored lines.
Full HD Video in Black and White
The new Leica M Monochrom captures high-quality, full-HD video in black and white. With the optional Leica microphone adapter set, one can be assured of perfect sound.
2 GB Buffer Memory
With it’s high-capacity 2GB buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor, the camera captures sequences 3 times faster than its predecessor. In addition, the new processor enables extremely fast display of the captured images in review mode.
Sapphire Crystal Glass
The LC display is made of scratch-resistant and almost unbreakable sapphire crystal which has been treated with an anti-reflective protective coating that ensures that photographers can check their images in any lighting situation.
All current M accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M Monochrom. These accessories include finger loops, electronic view finder, ever-ready cases, flash and straps. In addition, R-lenses can be used on the Leica M Monochrom with the Leica M-Adapter-R.
The LEICA SUMMILUX-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH extends Leica's series of high speed M lenses into the wide-angle range.It offers excellent performance over the entire image field even at full stop and in the close-up range thanks to a "floating element". Stopping down to 2.8 leads to an absolutely outstanding image quality, in fact, in comparison to the Elmarit lens of the same focal length, its rendition is slightly more uniform across the image field.
The vignetting typical of every optical system is naturally more apparent with a super wide angle lens, particularly a high speed one like this, than on standard lenses or those with a long focal length. Wide open on the 35mm format, its maximum - i.e. in the corners of the image - is around 3.3 aperture stops or, with the Leica M8 models and their slightly smaller format, around 1.9 aperture stops. Stopping down to 2.8 visibly reduces this light fall-off towards the image edges to 1.9 or 0.8 aperture stops. Stopping down further does not bring any noticeable additional reduction, as all that remains is essentially the natural vignetting.
The maximum distortion of the lens is 2.2%,which in practical terms is negligible for the majority of photographic applications. A total of ten lens elements are used to achieve this exceptional performance. To correct color aberrations, five of these are made of glass types with anomalous color dispersion(partial dispersion), while one has an aspherical surface. To maintain performance in the close-up range, one group towards the rear of the optical system is a "floating element" that moves independently of the rest of the mechanism. of regular polarizing filters, size E72 (24mm) is possible with special filter adapters.
|Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)||84° / 74° / 53°|
|Number of lenses/groups||10 / 8|
|Focal length||24.3 mm|
|Position of entrance pupil||19.2 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction)|
|Focusing range||0.7 m to infinity|
|Scales||Combined meter/feet graduation|
|Smallest object field||609 x 914 mm|
|Largest reproduction ratio||1:25|
|Setting/Function||With click-stops, half values available, manual diaphragm|
|Bayonet||Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models|
|Filter mount||Series filter VII in lens hood|
|Lens hood||Seperate, screw-on type|
|Dimension and weight:|
|Length||58.5 / 75.6 mm (without / with lens hood)|
|Largest diameter||approx. 61.0 mm|
|Weight||approx. 500 g|