Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
2024-05-18 08:42:09
Designed for the most demanding needs of photographers and videographers.
877-865-7002
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$3399 $2899
SAVE $500

$3997 $3497
SAVE $500

$2499 $1999
SAVE $500

$1999 $1449
SAVE $550

$5999 $4399
SAVE $1600

$500 $440
SAVE $60

$5999 $4399
SAVE $1600

$999 $849
SAVE $150

$1049 $849
SAVE $200

$480 $480
SAVE $click

$680 $680
SAVE $click

$300 $300
SAVE $click

$5999 $4399
SAVE $1600

$4499 $3499
SAVE $1000

$1199 $899
SAVE $300

Leica M10 Monochrom: digital artifacts — White Spots on Black Dots — “Pimples”

Kudos to Leica for even offering a monochrome camera. But if you’re gonna do it, do it right, and that applies to anything in life.

Back in May of 2015 with the Leica M Monochrom Typ 246, I reported on a “black dots on white spots” digital artifact problem (sometimes the reverse, white on black).

Whether it was fixed in the M246 is unknown to me, since I never had another camera to verify during the ensuing years. But it seems doubtful, given its re-emergence in the 40-megapixel Leica M10 Monochrom as shown here—whatever engineering is involved, it looks like the same bad juju.

Here in 2020 (5.5 years later), the 40-megapixel Leica M10 Monochrom suffers from a similar “white spots on black dots” issue of exactly the same nature and just as unacceptable—all irreversibly baked-into your raw DNG files.

Leica M10 Monochrom: White Dots on Black Spots Digital Artifacts

If you’re a glutton for punishment, the M10m or M10-R will also bake-in irreversible color shading/vignetting modifications to the raw file*, using the wrong lens profile.

I’m not surprised at either problem, because aside from a few welcome changes with Live View, Leica has done very little to improve the firmware in the Leica M10-R and Leica M10 Monochrom, including failing to fix camera crashes (total lockups) which I experienced at least a dozen times in my one-week trip over XMAS—same bad software engineering as back in 2015. But if they just offered a designer ostrich-skin version of the M10m, then I could look the other way.

* "Auto" lens correction bug when using a non-coded lens or a coded lens while forgetting to go off manual lens selection—I enjoyed this treat as well when using the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.

CLICK TO VIEW: Leica M10-R/M10m system and top-grade lenses

4X enlargement for ease of viewing
f8 @ 1/90 sec mechanical shutter, ISO 160; 2020-12-21 11:52:37
LEICA M10 MONOCHROM + Leica 24mm f/3.8 Elmar-M ASPH + filter B+W 091 Dark Red
ENV: Eureka Dunes, altitude 2600 ft / 792 m, 60°F / 15°C

[low-res image for bot]

View all handpicked deals...

Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera
$3399 $2899
SAVE $500

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | X.com/diglloyd
Copyright © 2022 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.