Leica M11 Monochrome vs Sony A7R V vs Fujifilm GFX100 for Monochrome Imaging... do we have a winner?
Can the Leica M11 Monochrom sensor with its pure monochrome sensor outperform the Sony A7R V in single shot and/or Sony 4-shot pixel shift? How about the 100-megapixel Fujifilm GFX100S?
Image quality is the sum of the sensor, electronics, firmware choices, lens choice, shot discipline, post-processing, etc. Pluses and minuses abound.
- Which camera(s) produces the sharpest image?
- Which camera(s) are most versatile for mapping colors to grayscale tones?
- Are there artifacts or non-existent unfaithful-to-scene details?
- How many and varied are the lenses capable of delivering sufficient optical performance for the sensor?
- Do you really want purchase and carry a 2nd camera just for monochrome and/or forgo color images when you could have both in one camera?
- Do you really want to do manual focus 100% of the time, and as your eyes age?
It might be worth all the trouble should a camera prove its mettle by producing undeniably superior images, or even somewhat better images.
Does the monochrome sensor of the Leica M11M offer a provably better image? In diglloyd Leica:
SHOOTOUT in Monochrome: Leica M11 Monochrom vs Sony A7R V vs Fujifilm GFX100S
The Leica M11M with EVF + grip + battery + tax costs north of $11K, without a lens. Unless you really must have a red dot on the thing*, that’s a seriously hefty charge, and you still have to face the other issues.
Monochrome shooter? This analysis is worth the full price of admission all by itself, at 1/10 the tax you'd pay on the M11M setup.
* Red Gaffer Tape @AMAZON could save you about $10980 if you already have a satisfactory solution.