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The Leica M Monochrom and Leica M9P have exactly the same resolution, thus making an apples-to-apples comparison feasible with no resampling.
The goal? To see just how the Leica M Monochrom outperforms the Leica M9P (or does not). Three variants are shown, using the Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE:
- Leica M Monochrom.
- Leica M9P (grayscale).
- Leica M9P (RGB).
- There was a 42-minute time gap between the two series, so the lighting changed somewhat.
- Any focus variation could not be helped; the two cameras were focused using the 1.4X and 1.25X magnifiers stacked for 1.75X precision; any difference has to be rangefinder precision and alignment, which cannot be helped.
- The tonal rendition of the Leica M9P grayscale version does not and cannot be matched to the Leica MM variant; brightness variations in places should be taken into account as could alter the perception of sharpness. However, the results are clear enough without worrying over this.
- Different mounting brackets on each camera mean slightly different framing; the scene has been aligned and cropped just slightly (no rotation done, which could alter sharpness).
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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q, Leica SL and Leica S.
Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.
- Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
- Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
- Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
- Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 28 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
- Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
- Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
- Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.
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