It’s amazing, and beyond my wildest dreams (well..) and it came to be true…my long awaited wish for which I sold my Hasselblad and M6 (and bloody kidney) to be able to fund it…the Leica M Monochrom (typ 246).
I’m not going to write an all-educated-elitarian review on this camera filled with upperclass words to describe something that is actually very simple: ❤️
This camera is so…camera! No unnecessariness..just a shutter button (with s,c etc), and a shutter speed dial. And a place for a lens (summicron 35mm). And a rangefinder. And something to attach the strap to. And…no color! Fieuuww.. 🙂
I’m still finding my way with this camera but so far…man…I love it. 50 shades of grey is nothing compared to this! Just wow. Underexposing standard to keep the highlights from blowing out. The detail in the shadow parts is absolutely stunning. The handling is so very nice. And it sounds so very delicately delicious. Looking forward to printing my first grande negatives from these files. I’m still working on the Serendipity theme, which pretty much has to be finished in December (preferably) so first things first but nonetheless…already have some images in mind worthy of being made transparant.
Anyway, didn’t think I’d ever get excited about a digital camera again, but this really does it for me. So far, it’s really what I hoped for. And it’s so ridiculous! Ha, away with you rationalness all time, passion and love it is!
Thus…onto what’s really important…images!
So..there you have it; my first impression! Very scientific, I know. With a lot of technical detail also. Eat it! MM246 FTW ☀️
Well, you won’t believe it but I have moved again recently… cheaper place with more outer space and a nicer workspace…or at least I thought…
It is a truly wonderful place with all the living areas on one floor, and a huge attic covering the entire length of the object, which really is quite fancy I might add. However, when we tried moving the wet table to the top floor, it just would not fit through the opening… The bottom floor does not allow for the creation of a proper working space so I kind of have lost the spirit a little. I will find out a way eventually but all this really is not very accommodating in keeping the spirits high.
I have decided on another matter and that is I will sell of my Hasselblad with three lenses and Leica M6 to fund a …Leica Monochrom :-), preferably the first edition. I’m so tired of developing film, knowing I will never use those negatives again for regular bw printing, I see no point in continuing to work this way. I want to do more with contact printing, as mentioned before, so shooting on film, while really only needing a digital file in the end to make large format negatives, beats the purpose. But, buying a digital camera, besides my Fuji X-T1 I use for assignments, for fun..that is a different matter. I don’t find digital cameras fun. Instead they are utterly boring. Thank god there’s a brand called Leica, and they have put on the market the most ridiculous and obsolete camera of all: the M Monochrom! It shoots only black-and-white.
‘Why’, my boyfriend asked, ‘why would you buy a camera that just shoots black-and-white and costs more than the average digital system with lens while the latter does both, giving you the all the adjustment-and tweaking options for making fine-tuned black-and-white images in post-production?’ Good question 🙂 My answer is that it comes with that fun-factor.
When solely looking at it in a rational manner, surely it’s probably better buying a regular SLR or mirrorless system, and post-process the images. But where’s the fun in that? I don’t like being behind the computer all day, I do enough of that work during my day-job. I love the limitations of this Monochrom. Its superb feel and touch, its slowness, its lack of buttons, its lack of common sense and rationality. I mainly work in black-and-white anyway. And as far as price is concerned, I work in a photo store so I’m hoping for that golden deal one of these days. And if you think the Monochrom is expensive, have a look at its special cousin, the Stealth Edition, which comes at a staggering € 15.000,- ! It’s all about perspective, right 🙂
I ran into this film online where photographer and Platinum Palladium printer, Manuel Gomes Teixeira, was invited by the Portuguese distributor of Leica to test the Leica M Monochrom. He made several images, converted one file into a digital negative and printing that. I just love watching this process, especially captured in a really nice way, made with the new Leica M.
Enjoy the video, believe in analogue and have a great weekend! -❤-