The New Leica Monochrom Typ 246 - May 2015

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  • Published on May 18, 2015
  • My 1st quick look and thoughts on the new Leica Monochrom Typ 246. This time Leica is using the new M 240 body and features so we get all the upgrades. which are FANTASTIC. To me, this easily surpasses the previous MM in all areas from body, features, IQ and more.
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  • Mike Ortega
    Mike Ortega 3 years ago +21

    I want to see one of these cameras used in the field by reporters, journalists... folks that would tell a story with this camera and not safe little photos around the house by rich yuppies. Put it to the test and have some real data to brag about. The king has no clothes.

  • youtube asakusa
    youtube asakusa 3 years ago

    I wonder which is better B&W quality with this or Sigma DP series.

  • Jürgen Kaßnitz
    Jürgen Kaßnitz 4 years ago

    good vid with very good informations
    this would be my desert island camera, too, because I´m the typical BW enthusiast from the 1970´s - I´ve started with a Nikon FM, BW film only and a photographic laboratory in my cellar, a wonderful time - so, Leica has made this baby especially für me :-) - but, like most people, I can`t afford it - but we all need something to dream of :-)

  • Ethan Vang
    Ethan Vang 4 years ago +2

    Only BW, sorry but its too pricey. I wasn't born with silver spoons.

  • toocoolforu
    toocoolforu 4 years ago

    Is it better than the Sony A7S for low light and dynamic range ?

  • keith plunkett
    keith plunkett 4 years ago +1

    Hey Steve, thanks for great review! What a super camera!

  • Terry Thomas
    Terry Thomas 4 years ago

    I guess this is why pro photogs don't do video ... they don't have the ability to "get to the point..." and just keep talking.... and not getting to the point of just the features ... and not an explaining that "some of us" will prefer the older design... Really???

  • michael f. Thomas
    michael f. Thomas 4 years ago +1

    Thanks Steve...nice review. And I'm not some old fart with poor eyesight.

  • Rabi Jassi
    Rabi Jassi 4 years ago +2

    Don't listen to this fool he can have all the cameras in the world and be a crap photographer, he is not for real life situation , just a shop to sell you guys stuff.
    . Sebastio Salgado shoots b&w and doesn't use leica digital, used a canon 1d for genesis.

  • Claudio Trajtemberg
    Claudio Trajtemberg 4 years ago +4

    The koolaid is to strong in this one.

  • Cody Robinson
    Cody Robinson 4 years ago

    Whats the perfect lens to accommodate the *new 246?

  • Gonçalo Norberto
    Gonçalo Norberto 4 years ago

    The question is, with a normal m9 or m240, cant I achieve the "very unique B&W style" using LR or PS and save a couple grand? oh leica leica...

    • greenophotography
      greenophotography 4 years ago +1

      @Gonçalo Norberto Of course you can. I shoot with a M9-P and create my b&w images using Silver Efex Pro2. Look, I'm a huge Leica fan (M6, MP, M9-P), but this idea that somehow your b&w work is going to be substantively better by shooting with this rig or the previous monochrome is a crock, it really is.

  • André Olivetto
    André Olivetto 4 years ago

    Of course it's all beautiful and good. But the price.... oh my God!!!

  • MrPanohead
    MrPanohead 4 years ago

    I'm not really all that impressed with the new camera. It doesn't move the game forward. I thought they would seriously update it so the new MM would be leading the pack, but from the sample photos I've seen, it's not that big of a game changer in terms of resolution or ability to retain shadow detail.
    Guess I'll stick to film for a while, I can buy a lot of sheets for that price.

  • SunriseInTheMidwest
    SunriseInTheMidwest 4 years ago +6

    Steve, any plans on comparing this new Monochrom to Tri-X or another B+W film?

  • good boid
    good boid 4 years ago +5

    Leica is in a unique Catch22 situation. The only ones who can afford their (frankly irrelevant) cameras, are old farts with failing eyesights. And the old farts desperately need autofocus to make a properly focused picture. It'd be hilarious if it weren't so tragic.

  • Splootan
    Splootan 4 years ago +15

    Just buy a roll of Tri x end of.. don't listen to this materialistic guy who is a Leica geek fan boy

    • bhop0073
      bhop0073 4 years ago +3

      +splootan Disclaimer* I shoot with an M6 and use tri-x myself, but.... not everyone wants to deal with film anymore, plus you can shoot at higher iso with modern digital cameras compared to film. I would love to have a Monochrom, I just can't justify that cost.

  • Jim Huang
    Jim Huang 4 years ago +2

    Actually there is a digital back that shots only monochrome, it is the Phaseone IQ260 Achromatic. 645 medium format digital back with 60MP, very amazing with its performance.

  • Bror Svensson
    Bror Svensson 4 years ago +7

    This is your 246th video, nice timing

  • Marc H
    Marc H 4 years ago +2

    yes nice and thanks for the review , but for the price of 7000 euros they can just keep it. i am done with Leicas price policy.

  • edo
    edo 4 years ago

    I was expecting it w/ one of the new chrome lenses.

  • Tadeo Velazquez
    Tadeo Velazquez 4 years ago

    Since this is a true monochrome (output) camera with a panchromatic sensor Do you have to use colored filters the same way as with panchromatic B&W film? for example, to darken skies or lighten skin tones?

    • Alex A
      Alex A 4 years ago

      @Tadeo Velazquez I don't own one but based on what another reviewer said about the original monochrome, yes you need to use real filters. There is no color data so you can't replicate it with software such Lightroom, etc.

  • tybeejeffro
    tybeejeffro 4 years ago

    Steve have you heard any news about the Sony RX1 Mono that's supposed to be coming out soon?

  • berncity1711
    berncity1711 4 years ago

    What did you use to film?

  • Alexis Marchesini
    Alexis Marchesini 4 years ago

    Hey Steve, love your reviews! :) I was wondering, have you tried the Voightlander 12mm f/5.6 and if so, how dows ir compare? Is the extra wide worth the 5.6 aperture compared to the 15 4.5? Thank you. Keep it up!

  • jpracingph
    jpracingph 4 years ago +58

    A true Leica monochrome camera would be an M6 loaded with Tri-X. ;)

    • Ruohong Zhao
      Ruohong Zhao 3 years ago +3

      Or M3 withTmax

    • Mauricio Suazo
      Mauricio Suazo 3 years ago

      +jpracingph w

    • jpracingph
      jpracingph 4 years ago +1

      @Steve Huff Just playing, Steve. Have the original and ordered this as well. :)

    • Steve Huff
      Steve Huff  4 years ago +9

      @jpracingph This is a true monochrome camera, and much more convenient and just as beautiful, if not more so, than BW film.

  • Lancelot Yang
    Lancelot Yang 4 years ago +1

    Phaseone IQ260 Achromatic is also a B&W camera