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Reader Comment: Leica M11 vs Sony A7RIV Sensors, Monochrome Potential

re: Reader Comment, Sony A1: Horizontal Stripes in Blue Channel on Some Colors such as Sunflowers (PDAF banding?)
re: Why Has Fujifilm Made No Effort Whatsoever to Deal with the Fujifilm GFX100S Horizontal White Stripes Problem?
re: Black Dots in White Spots 'Pimples': is Leica 'Cooking' the Raw Data with Acutance-Enhancing Imaging Pipeline? (CONFIRMED by a reader, also REPLICATED with Leica M10-R)

Glenn K writes:

Any thoughts on comparison of these two 60+ MP sensors? Leica M11 vs Sony A7 RIV

DIGLLOYD: my main thought is that the M11 captures look fantastic, and that the Leica M11 sensor has no PDAF pixels. Whereas most mirrorless cameras including the Sony A7R IV do.

Which implies that the Leica M11 sensor might be (as RGB sensors go) far superior to mirrorless cameras in avoiding stripes/banding when making monochrome conversions.

That doesn’t rule out sensor bifurcation troubles, which are evident in some cameras, particularly the Leica M10 Monochrome.

As a potential bonus, Leica could deliver us a Leica M11 Monochrom, which would have the potential of unprecedented detail capture on the 35mm format. And perhaps while avoiding the black dots problems of prior Leica monochrome-sensor cameras?

View:Leica M wishlist andVoigtlander for Leica M andZeiss for Leica M


From what I see and taking pains to force-out problems with aggressive settings, the Leica M11 delivers files of outstanding quality for monochrome conversions. See one example below at ISO 2500 (not aggressive settings, but I tried some).

Any of the aforementioned issues could rear its head with other color subject matter, lighting, etc, but my off-the-cuff impression is of exceptionally high file quality superior to Sony color sensors.

Below, toggle to compare monochrome to color.

f2 @ 1/200 sec handheld electronic shutter, ISO 2500; 2022-01-15 16:57:57
LEICA M11 + Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon
ENV: Alpine Creek, altitude 550 ft / 168 m, 58°F / 14°C
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, pull 0.33 stops, +20 Whites, +10 Clarity

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