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Reader Comment: “applaud your new monochrome site... D850M a joy to work with”

re: Reader Comment: Black and White Photography “samples you have are some of the best I have seen”

See my developing Monochrome workflow pages, part way done with lots more planned.

The monochrome workflow pages currently resides in Making Sharp Images, but they will become their own Monochrome section in the future, incorporating the diglloyd Infrared publication. I need to sort out some kind of video support for screencasts and such, ideally on a platform that can’t throw away my entire subscriber list as YouTube did a few years ago, or otherwise stomp on me or arbitrarily demonetize my videos (as YouTube also did).

Gary VZ writes:

I applaud your new monochrome site.

On your recommendation, I bought a Nikon D850M from a year ago and what a joy it is to work with. The tonal gradations, absence of noise, and high resolution are all strong selling features. The Zeiss Otii and Milvii lenses are superb in this application (as they are in color). Of special note for me are the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 and Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 and the Nikon AF-S 200mm f2 VRII

I am a regular reader of your blog and I appreciate your objective equipment reviews.

DIGLLOYD: the D850 Monochrome image quality is indeed superb. I found no image quality problems with it as I did with the Leica M10 Monochrom. Indeed, the D850M the noise is far superior (spectacularly low), plus the D850 + Milvus/Otus sharpness leaves Leica M10M and the compromised M lenses in the dust.

You can get a Nikon D850M converted to monochrome at—please let them know I referred you.

Eeraj Q writes:

Excellent walkthroughs in your "MONOCHROME IMAGERY" section. Never thought of using the Dehaze filter for B&W until I browsed through "Using the Dehaze filter for Monochrome Images". The example shown in that section and being able to quickly see the effect from 0 to 100 Dehaze is very useful. Practical techniques that can be learnt quickly for very effective results - highly recommended reading for anyone who is on the fence.

On a separate note, glad to see Tigger survive the coyote encounter. Handsome cat. I like the B&W version - another great illustration of using B&W when the light generally sucks, but monochrome can still make for a compelling image. Agree with your assessment on MFT for wildlife. Not a wildlife person here, but I always wondered about the need to carry boat-anchor full-frame long lenses for that rare trip where I might see a whale or something far away. Olympus is surely a strong contender here for people like me, who don't make a living shooting bears or eagles, but still want a decent wildlife shot if the opportunity arises. Might rent one for a trip to Alaska whenever that happens.

DIGLOYD: I’ll keep filling out the monochrome section over the coming months. As for wildlife, I think even most pros might do well to have the Micro Four Thirds solution at hand.

Please buy using these links. My top recommendation as a first lens for D850M is the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4—spectacularly good.

Pine Creek Peaks at Dusk, Crescent Moon
f4.5 @ 6.0 sec electronic shutter stitched from 10 frames (5 X 2), ISO 31; 2019-10-03 18:36:21
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 + filter B+W Dark Red 091
ENV: Pine Creek Tungsten Mine, altitude 9000 ft / 2743 m, 50°F / 10°C
RAW: vignetting corrected, pull 1.3 stops, USM {8,50,0}

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Eureka Dunes set against Superstition Mountains range
f8 @ 1/15 sec electronic shutter, ISO 31; 2019-10-07 10:20:33
NIKON D850 monochrome + Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2 + filter B+W Dark Red 091
ENV: Talc mine to the west, altitude 6200 ft / 1890 m, 70°F / 21°C
RAW: pull 1.75 stops, +100 Shadows, +100 Highlights, +72 Dehaze, USM {20,50,0}

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