With the 28/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH, the Leica M Monochrom costs over $10,000.
Can the Sigma DP1 Merrill 14.25 X 3 megapixel point-and-shoot with its fixed 28/2.8 lens and Foveon “true color” sensor do a credible job of black and white imagery in such company? At about $999, it’s 1/10 the price of the Leica combo.
This comparison will only appear in Guide to Leica, as it is primarily an exposition on whether the DP1 Merrill might be appropriate as a backup camera or alternate to the Leica M Monochrom. I will be publishing more wide ranging coverage of the Sigma DP1 Merrill black and white imagery potential in Guide to Mirrorless.