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Leica M Monochrom

Leica MM vs Nikon D800E (35mm, Pine Creek Tungsten Mine)

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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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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