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In the dolls comparison, it was found that the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E (May 2012 release) could outperform the Leica MM as a black and white imager in a controlled test with a top-grade lens.
In the field, the results accrue to the sensor and lens combination, including the resolving power, the dynamic range, the ability to focus accurately under challenging conditions, the optical performance. What pops out as the final result is what matters. And so if one demands black and white imagery and lacks mile-deep pockets, one must ask—
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Since 2009, Diglloyd Guide to Leica is the authoritative review and reference for Leica M lenses: Leica M, Zeiss ZM, Voigtlander, as well as Leica M digital bodies. Leica S is also included.
It includes hundreds of pages of exclusive coverage and high resolution Retina-grade examples covering Leica M-System lenses and digital bodies with in-depth performance comparisons and analysis.