Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Memory Upgrades for 2019 Mac Pro - Save Up to 65% vs Factory Costs
877-865-7002
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$3498 $3498
SAVE $click

$3699 $1299
SAVE $2400

$1000 $700
SAVE $300

$3899 $1499
SAVE $2400

$748 $648
SAVE $100

$2999 $1999
SAVE $1000

$1699 $899
SAVE $800

$1698 $1398
SAVE $300

$4499 $3499
SAVE $1000

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1149 $799
SAVE $350

$1399 $1049
SAVE $350

$1498 $1198
SAVE $300

$2797 $2597
SAVE $200

$280 $250
SAVE $30

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

$8399 $7599
SAVE $800

$899 $799
SAVE $100

$1699 $1299
SAVE $400

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

Pre-order the Leica M Monochrom at B&H Photo.

Leica has announced an 18-megapixel Leica M camera body with a monochrome sensor, the Leica M Monochrom (spelled “Monochrom” as this is the German spelling of the word). See my previous comments.

First, I don’t think the Leica M Monochrom will appeal to very many shooters, but I think it will appeal to far more than anyone expects. Second, it has a crummy low-res LCD. Third, I really want one.

I confess that after looking at the samples over at dpreview.com that I was (a) not at all happy that Leica did not deem me qualified to receive a pre-release camera, and (b) the images are stunning. So they’re black and white, not color. And that’s just fine for some subjects.

To my eye, the 18-megapixel Leica M Monochrom images have to be considered equivalent to ~30 megapixels with a color sensor, perhaps even 36 megapixels. Ultra-clean and free of Bayer pattern artifacts as with a color sensor.

Wither the D800 in black and white?

Will a 36-megapixel Nikon D800 image downsampled to 18 megapixels and converted to black and white achieve similar effects? Possibly. And maybe not. It is something I plan to explore when I can do a direct comparison.

But for NOW, I present six Nikon D800 images downsampled to 18 megapixels and converted to black and white. They look good. Really good.

So for $3K you can get a superlative black and white camera (the Nikon D800), with $5K left over for several top-notch Zeiss lenses. Or you can buy one Leica M Monochrom camera body without a lens and without Live View and with a low-res LCD and manual focus, etc. Its images will have to be really outstanding to justify the cost and lack of flexibility. And they might well be worth it. I look forward to finding out.

Nikon D800 + Coastal Optics 60/4 APO, converted to black and white
OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD
Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!

Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.

USB-C model also available


Great for travel or for desktop!
OWC Envoy Express

World’s first Thunderbolt 3 M.2 NVME SSD enclosure.

Super fast, bus-powered, 3.3 oz, DIY easy, rugged and compact!


See also OWC Express 4M2
√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD

Blazing fast, up to 16TB.

YEE HAH!



√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.


Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!

Our trusted photo rental store
View all handpicked deals...

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera (Body Only)
$3699 $1299
SAVE $2400

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.