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Nikon D850 Monochrome: Highly Competitive vs Leica M11 Monochrom

re: Nikon D850 Monochrome
re: monochrome

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.

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Below, will the LeicaM11m with base ISO 125 be able to deliver this kind of quality?

Moon rising over Pine Creek Lake
f5.6 @ 243.0 sec electronic shutter, ISO 31; 2019-10-10 19:11:18
NIKON D850 monochrome + Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 + filter Hoya 85 warming
ENV: Pine Lake, altitude 9900 ft / 3018 m, 29°F / -1°C
RAW: USM {15,50,0}

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Mt Conness ridgeline to North Peak
f8 @ 1/100 sec stitched from 3 frames, ISO 31; 2019-11-01 10:16:39
NIKON D850 monochrome + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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