Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - Black Chrome + TRI-ELMAR-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH.

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) - Black Chrome £4700 TRI-ELMAR- M 16-18- 21mm f/4 ASPH £4080

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.


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  • Outstanding imaging performance with low noise up to ISO 25,000
  • Live-View and focus peaking 
  • Large buffer memory and Leica Maestro processor 
  • High quality full-HD video function 
  • Easy to use - reduced to the essentials
  • Body made of high-strength magnesium alloy and solid brass top and base plates finished in black chrome 
  • Sapphire crystal glass cover plate and 3” monitor
  • Access to a wide range of M lenses from 16 - 135 mm 
  • New filters solely for the Leica M Monochrom widening creative possibilities
  • Compatible with all accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240) 
  • Access to R lenses with Leica M-Adapter-R for pictures and video
  • Adobe Lightroom available as a download
  • Made in Germany

With its impressive angle of view of 107°, this new TRI-ELMAR conquers 16 mm super wide-angle photography in perfect Leica M style. Due to the minimal distortion and barely perceptible field curvature, it can be recommended for highly demanding architecture photography even at the 16 mm setting. Used on the digital M8, it produces the image effect of a 21 - 28 mm lens, still enabling extreme wide-angle views. The ultra compact shape is achieved by two aspherical elements. A new design of the interior focusing significantly enhances the quality in the close-focus range through an adaption of the floating element principle. Brilliant field depth can therefore be used from a distance of 0.33 m for hyperfocal photography. 

Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical)  
for 35 mm and M9 (24 x 36 mm) at 16 mm: 107°, 97°, 74° 
at 18 mm: 100°, 90°, 67° 
at 21 mm: 92°, 81°, 60° 
for digital M8/M8.2 (18 x 27 mm)

at 16 mm: 90°, 80°, 59° 
at 18 mm: 84°, 74°, 53° 
at 21 mm: 75°, 65°, 46°

corresponds approx. to a focal length of 21/24/28 mm with 35 mm-format 

Optical design   
Number of elements / groups 10 / 7
Distance setting   
Focusing range 0.5 m to Infinity, range from 0.5 to 0.7 m separated by index 
Scales Combined meter/feet graduation with uniform grey figures below 0.7 m
Smallest object field  
for full frame 35mm  at 16 mm: 915 x 1373 mm, approx. 1:38 
at 18 mm: 833 x 1250 mm, approx. 1:35 
at 21 mm: 725 x 1087 mm, approx. 1:30 
for M8 digital at 16 mm: 688 x 1032 mm, approx. 1:38 
at 18 mm: 626 x 939 mm, approx. 1:35 
at 21 mm: 545 x 817 mm, approx. 1:30 
Highest reproduction ratio: at 0,7 m  at 16 mm: 1:38 
at 18 mm: 1:35 
at 21 mm: 1:30 
Setting / Function Preset, with click-stops, half values available 
Lowest value 22 
Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models 
Filter (type) Male thread, non-rotating and with stop for filter holder or lens hood 
Lens hood screw-on type lens hood (included in delivery), filter holder for E67 size filters optionally available 
Dimensions and weight   
Length approx. 62/72 mm (with/without lens hood) 
Largest diameter approx. 54 mm (53 x 58 mm with lens hood)
Weight approx. 335 g

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