Monochrom

They might as well have called it "Leica World". They didn't. Instead, they plonked a stone globe with a red dot on it down in the center of the roundabout in front of ...

They might as well have called it “Leica World”. They didn’t. Instead, they plonked a stone globe with a red dot on it down in the center of the roundabout in front of …

… Leitz Park! We are on the outskirts of Wetzlar in a building next to the Leica factory. I went there on Saturday to deliver my Leica M9 to the service department. It, like some other previous models of Leica’s digital rangefinder cameras, is afflicted with sensor cover glass corrosion. Leica Camera AG has a generous exchange program even for those bodies long out of warranty. They accept the defective cameras in payment for a current digital M body, thus greatly reducing the (Velben goods region) price.

I decided upon a Leica M monochrom (Type 246)

I decided upon a Leica M monochrom (Type 246)

This is a dream camera for me! I am so looking forward to getting to photograph with it!
Well, we couldn’t finish the exchange on Saturday as the relevant department was on their weekend. But I did deposit my M9 with the Leica Store on the premises. Then I got to play with a M monochrom (Type 246) and save some test shots on my own SD-card.

This is converted from dng in Apple Aperture and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

This is converted from dng in Apple Aperture and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Aperture quickly approaches it’s end of usability, so I got Lightroom 6. Y’all should get version 6 and not the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, perhaps we can teach Adobe something …

This is converted from dng in Lightroom 6 and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

This is converted from dng in Lightroom 6 and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

This how they start as dngs, as far as you can represent that in a jpeg.

This how they start as dngs, as far as you can represent that in a jpeg.

And again, converted in Lightroom 6 and processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro. This one might be a bit over the top, but it doesn't fall apart or show shadow noise.

And again, converted in Lightroom 6 and processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro. This one might be a bit over the top, but it doesn’t fall apart or show shadow noise.

WILL YOU LOOK AT THE TONALITY!

The latitude of the M monochrom’s monochrome dngs in post-processing is incredible. I especially like the way the faces and clothes of the workshop participants are rendered. In the shot of the Leica CL advertisement, I lifted the shadows in the left lower edge about 3-4 zones without being punished for it.

So, while I will have to endure a monochrom yearning a bit longer, what else was there in the Leitz Park?

An exhibition of Leicas thought the ages, from the Ur-Leica over Russian and Asian imitations, to successful (M3) and less (SL) cameras from the firm’s storied history.

An exhibition of a 50-ties British photographer.

Che!

Che!

And other famous photographs from history taken with a Leica. Sorry, Henri, you got sidelined!

And other famous photographs from history taken with a Leica. Sorry, Henri, you got sidelined!

A second workshop, this one with more hipsters ;)

A second workshop, this one with more hipsters 😉

For the multi-sensory experience, Leica tartlets!

For the multi-sensory experience, Leica tartlets!

All in all, I recommend a visit to the Leitz Park. Can be harmful to your wallet.

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2 Responses to “Monochrom”

  1. Slinging it | Mostly Black & White Says:

    […] does it hold? Well, I’ve had my Leica kit in it with one digital M with lens sitting vertically in the middle, three lenses and a 12 mm viewfinder sitting behind one […]

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    […] I predict this 35 mm f/2.0 Summicron M asph lens will stay attached to my Monochrom for quite a little while. Fabulous piece of […]

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