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Digital Sensor Technology

Digital capture technology is discrete, and not the same as film..

Expose To The Right (ETTR)

Maximizing image quality, dynamic range, minimizing digital noise.

Nikon D850 Image Quality

Oustanding image quality, but with some limitations..

Nikon D800E

36 megapixels in a compact full-frame DSLR..

Nikon D800 Monochrome Conversion by

D800 with the RGB Bayer matrix removed for a true monochrome sensor..

Nikon D5

High speed big brick shooter..

Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R

50 megapixel successor to the 22 megapixel Canon 5D Mark III..

Sony A900

The 24.6 megapixel Sony A900 digital SLR is compared with Canon’ top-of-the-line 21.1MP EOS 1Ds Mark III. A field report including two comparisons with the Canon 1Ds Mark IIII, example images in color and black and white, and the Zeiss ZA 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar. Anti-Shake (SteadyShot) is assessed, as is noise behavior..

Nikon D3x 24.4-megapixel DSLR review

Includes: D3x resolution comparisons (res chart) with Nikon D3, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, resolution comparison on outdoor shot with Nikon D3, large examples, large wildlife examples, Nikon 200mm f/2 VR on D3x, long exposure noise ISO series, D3x sensitivity on diffraction, D3x dynamic range at ISO 100 vs ISO 50, D3x vs D3 color and noise..

Nikon vs Canon: noise and sharpness

Nikon vs Canon: Noise and Sharpness.

Stimulating your photographic creativity

Approaches to making fresh new images..

Pentax smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro

Macro lens focusing to life size 1:1..

Samyang 14mm f/2.8

Ultra wide angle lens for Canon and Nikon..

Grab Bag

Various articles..


Beyond deep red, seeing the invisible..

Nikon D200 vs D2x

Vintage 2006 comparative review of Nikon D200 vs Nikon D2x..

Sony Alpha A9

Blackout-free 20 fps speed demon..

Sony Alpha A7R II

Attention to details: a big upgrade over the A7R..

Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM

Razor sharp medium telephoto with apodization filter..

Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED Telephoto

Beautiful bokeh, long reach fast speed, compact lens..

Olympus OM-D E-M1

A worthy upddate to the E-M5 with pro-grade build quality..

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Superb ergonomic design in a compact camera..

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm's 24MP APS-C offering..

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon

Ultra wide angle lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar

Normal lens for Sony NEX or Fujifilm X..

Panoramas with the iPhone 6s Plus

Shooting + post processing tips with high-res examples..

Sigma Photo Pro Software 5.x

Sigma’s raw file processing software, version 5.x..

Sigma sd Quattro

Mirrorless Sigma Quattro sensor with interchangeable lenses..

Sigma DP1 Merrill

28mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on APS-C sensor..

Sigma DP-2 with Foveon X3 sensor

[Archive] Sigma DP-2 with the amazing Foveon X3 sensor (original, LOW RES camera, not a Merrill)..

Blog posts, reverse chronological


2019-01-15 25% Off Coupon Code for Software by LibRaw: RawDigger, FastRawViewer, Monochrome2DNG


2017-10-10 Nikon D850 as a High Quality Black and White Camera? (and better than M Monochrom Type 246 for sure)

2017-04-17 Fujifilm GFX Dynamic Range: Kitchen HDR


2016-11-23 Leica Firmware Update for M Monochrom, M-E, M9, M9P

2016-08-08 Sigma sd Quattro JPEG File Quality in Black and White + sd Quattro JPEG bug in Black and White + fix

2016-05-25 Pentax 100mm f/2.8 Macro Aperture Series: Burghers of Calais (Pentax K1 SuperRes)

2016-04-29 Leica Releases new Firmware for M240 and Monochrom, includes “black dots” fix

2016-04-09 Nikon D5 ISO Series from 50 to 102400: Color vs Black and White

2016-03-27 Fujifilm X-Pro2: Studying 'Grain Effect' in Black and White Conversions

2016-03-27 Fujifilm X-Pro2: ACROS Film Simulations vs Photoshop Black and White Options

2016-02-04 iMac 5K for Stunning Black and White Images


2015-10-02 No Word from Leica on the Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 “Black Dot in White Spot” Artifacts

2015-09-06 Leica M Monochrom: $2000 off, vs the better and Cheaper Alternatives

2015-07-14 UPDATE: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: “Black Dot in White Spot” Artifacts CONFIRMED by Leica, to be fixed with firmware update

2015-07-06 UPDATE: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: “Black Dot in White Spot” Artifacts

2015-06-30 Canon 5DS R Examples in Color and Monochrome

2015-06-29 Heresy: Canon 5DS R as a Black and White Camera Better Than Leica M Monochrom Type 246?

2015-06-21 Canon 5DS R is a Sharper and More Versatile Monochrome Camera than Leica M Monochrom Typ 246

2015-06-17 Canon 5DS R: Sharpness, Noise, Monochrome Potential

2015-06-16 Canon 5DS R: Sharpness, Noise, Monochrome Potential

2015-06-15 Really Right Stuff Base Plate and L Bracket for the Leica M Typ 240 Fits the Leica M Monochrom Typ 246

2015-06-11 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 as an Infrared Camera

2015-06-11 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Examples: Hoover Wilderness Area

2015-06-07 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: At Least Two Sensor Column Defects

2015-06-07 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: Amazing Sharpness (examples)

2015-06-06 Shootout: Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 vs Leica M Typ 240

2015-06-06 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: “Black Dot in White Spot” Artifacts

2015-06-03 Snow in the Hoover Wilderness

2015-05-31 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 In the Field: Dynamic Range

2015-05-29 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 In the Field

2015-05-27 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: ISO Series from 320 to 25,600 (Dolls)

2015-05-27 Leica M Monochrom Typ 246: Aperture Series to Assess Diffraction and Digital Artifacts (Dolls)

2015-05-27 Leica 24-Megapixel Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Arrives for Testing

2015-05-14 OS X Photos App Corrupts Library if used with Leica M Monochrom Files

2015-05-07 Leica 24-Megapixel Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 Starts Shipping


2014-10-11 Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon Aperture Series: Granite Glacial Polish to Cloud’s Rest

2014-02-10 Sigma dp2 Quattro as Monochrome Camera?


2013-12-05 Nikon D800 Monochrome with 135/2 APO-Sonnar, More Examples

2013-12-04 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Aperture Series on Nikon D800 Monochrome

2013-12-04 More Examples with the Nikon D800 Monochrome

2013-12-02 Nikon D800M (Pure Monochrome), Reviewed

2013-11-30 Debayering a Color Sensor

2013-11-28 A 36-megapixel Pure Monochrome Camera (Modified Nikon D800)

2013-09-06 Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens: Black and White Conversion

2013-09-04 Leica X Vario: Color vs Black and White

2013-04-25 Leica M Monochrom with Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH: Study of Focus

2013-04-15 Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 UV-VIS-IR APO-Macro on Leica M Typ 240 / M240 [using Novoflex Nikon to M Adapter]

2013-04-10 Leica M Monochrome with Color Filters and Leica 50mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

2013-04-05 Nikon Coolpix A: Aperture Series in Color and Black and White

2013-04-03 Mini Travelogue: Leica M Monochrom in Pine Creek Canyon (Eastern Sierra)

2013-03-14 Sigma DP Merrill: Monochrome Mode in Sigma Photo Pro


2012-12-23 Fujifilm X-Pro1 Artifacts: Presented in Color and Black and White

2012-11-29 ETTR (Expose to the Right) — An Essential Skill to Master for Image Quality

2012-10-10 Reader Asks: Why Do Color Filters Matter on the Leica M Monochrom?

2012-10-09 Sigma DP1 Merrill — Really Interesting Sensor, Crashing Sigma Software

2012-10-08 Nikon D800E vs Leica M Monochrom: 28mm Comparison

2012-10-08 Leica M Monochrom vs Leica M9P In the Field (Saddlebag Overlook)

2012-10-08 Can a 36MP DSLR Compete with an 18MP Leica M Monochrom? — 21mm Comparison

2012-10-07 Can a 36MP DSLR Compete with an 18MP Leica M Monochrom?

2012-09-27 Leica M Monochrom — Sharpness With Filters

2012-09-25 Leica M Monochrom In Use

2012-09-24 Leica M Monochrom By Night

2012-09-17 Guide to Leica: Leica M Monochrom vs Sigma DP1 Merrill

2012-09-16 Sigma DP1 Merrill — Aperture Series and Color and Monochrome

2012-09-16 Compared: Leica M Monochrom vs Leica M9P

2012-09-15 Leica M Monochrom: ISO 320 Noise with +1, +2, +3, +4 “Push”

2012-09-15 Leica M Monochrom Histogram Delay (Bug?)

2012-09-15 Compared: Leica M Monochrom vs Nikon D800E

2012-09-15 Compared: 18-megapixel Leica M Monochrom vs 36-megapixel Nikon D800E — UPSAMPLED

2012-09-14 Leica M Monochrom LCD Display Options

2012-09-14 Leica M Monochrom First Examples

2012-09-14 Leica M Monochrom Dynamic Range

2012-09-13 Leica M Monochrom In My Hands

2012-09-12 Leica M Monochrom — Arrives Tomorrow 9/13

2012-09-05 Leica M Monochrom — On the Way Soon

2012-08-30 Leica M Monochrom Update

2012-08-26 Olympus Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 ED Aperture Series (Black & White, Aspens)

2012-08-24 Leica M Monochrom Arrives in USA

2012-08-19 Leica M Monochrom Delivers to Customers in Europe

2012-07-22 Olympus OM-D E-M5 — Why Not Offer a Monochrome version?

2012-07-13 Leica M Monochrom and Leica 50/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

2012-06-02 Leica M Monochrom and Leica 50/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

2012-05-21 Thoughts on Leica M Monochrom

2012-05-21 Filtration for Leica M Monochrom to Improve Image Sharpness and Tonal Separation

2012-05-14 18-Megapixel Leica M Monochrom vs Nikon D800 Black & White

2012-05-10 Leica M Monochrom — 18-Megapixel Monochrome Sensor


2008-10-18 Monochrome sensors — guest author Pete Myers

2008-07-18 Update on PhaseOne P45+ 39 megapixel Monochrome back

2008-07-09 PhaseOne monochrome medium-format digital back


2007-07-28 PhaseOne monochrome digital back followup

2007-07-27 Monochrome vs color filter array (Bayer) sensor

2007-07-26 PhaseOne monochrome medium format digital back

2007-07-16 Why no high-res, high-quality monochrome?


2006-01-06 Whither the digital monochrome camera?

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