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Leica M11

Leica M11 sRGB Color Gamut Creates Dull and Lifeless Images

re: color space and gamut

The Leica M11 is the ultimate dilettante camera for JPEG shooters, because it has only sRGB as it its color space, which creates dull and lifeless images for too many subjects.

Including a lens, you will spend $12K to $30K on a Leica M11 system. So that you can shoot guaranteed inferior images in JPEG. At least for any subject that is out of gamut for the sRGB color space, which means bright reds, sunsets, roses, and a whole host of things—even some faces.

Fortunately there is a workaround: shoot in DNG raw format and you get the full gamut. But the JPEG shooter is SOL. OTOH, the typical Leica buyer values style over substance anyway, a fashion statement? What a shame, because it’s just a firmware thing.

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