In case you hadn’t heard, Leica has a new camera that only shoots in black and white… and costs as much as a good used car. It is an unfortunate fact of life that the first thing people notice about a Leica camera is the exorbitant price tag, but when you have an $8000 monochrome camera then that is going to be the first thing that most people talk about.
To be fair, the M Monochrom is a beautiful 18-megapixel full-frame camera. Its sensor is impressive – while it only captures black and white, the fact that the sensor is able to output a pixel of data for every pixel of input ought to make for some incredibly sharp images. Other than that it seems to be a fairly regular camera: ISO goes up to 10,000; it has a 2.5” 230k-dot color (yes we know the irony) LCD and an optical rangefinder. In case you were wondering, it doesn’t shoot video. Want a good lens for it, the new Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH prime lens looks to be a nice piece of glass – as long as you don’t mind dropping $7,195 on one lens.
If you are a world class photographer then you can probably justify the price tag, otherwise you would probably be better off spending your money on something else.