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.
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°
corresponds approx. to a focal length of 21/24/28 mm with 35 mm-format
|Number of elements / groups||10 / 7|
|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|
|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|