Nikon D850 Monochrome: Highly Competitive vs Leica M11 Monochrom
re: Nikon D850 Monochrome
I went back and looked at some captures from 2019 that I had made with the Nikon D850 Monochrome. What I see is a sensor unforgiving of any technical errors or lens performance shortcomings. The new Leica M11 Monochrom will only be more demanding.
What I concluded is that the D850m will not fall much short of the Leica M11m. The linear resolving power difference of the sensor is only 1.15X eg sqrt(60/45).
And the D850m has the bonus of having native lens mount for lenses that will work great on it—Zeiss Otus, Zeiss Milvus, and quite a few of the newer Nikon AF-S lenses. Or lenses like the Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8, which the M11m does not have in native mount.
What the M11m has is a handful of suitable lenses, a lighter and more compact form factor, an EVF. And an $11K price tag with EVF, spare battery, camera, plate, etc. And the M11m is surely a better camera for 'street' photography and similar. But... I don’t have $11K sitting around ($15K with the lenses I need).
Still, I am looking forward to testing the Leica M11m with the Leica M, Zeiss ZM and various Voigtlander lenses. As well, Zeiss Otus/Zeiss Milvus lenses can be used albeit a bit awkwardly with the Novoflex lens adapter and ASTAT ring for tripod mount.
Below, will the LeicaM11m with base ISO 125 be able to deliver this kind of quality?