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Leica M10 Monochrom Is Designed Specifically for Black and White Photography

Leica M10 Monochrom

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Forever pushing the boundaries of photography, Leica has released the newest model in its range of black and white ranger finder cameras. The Leica M10 Monochrom has all the traits of the M10-P platform, but with a 40-megapixel full-frame monochrome sensor. So why would one want to buy a full-frame camera that can’t shoot color photos? There are quite a few reasons.

Leica is staking its claim on the importance of black and white photography with the Monochrom line. In fact, the M10’s sensor has been specifically designed for monochrome photography. Without any color arrays, there are fewer glass and filter layers, which makes it capable of shooting in any lighting condition while maintaining beautiful contrast and crisp sharpness. Additionally, the sensor’s wide ISO range (160 to 100,000) allows photographers to obtain images with clearly defined areas of shadow and illumination—even when shooting in high-contrast or uneven light.

And, of course, the M10 Monochrom also contains some of the best features of the M10-P. This includes a silent shutter, touchscreen, thin body design, and Wi-Fi connectivity—a first for the Monochrom. One important note, however, is that the M10 Monochrom lacks video functionality. Though the last generation Monochrom included this, Leica said it found that photographers simply weren’t using it, and so it’s been stripped out.

In terms of design, Leica has mostly kept things classic. To keep photographers blending into the crowd, Leica has blacked out the shutter and lens release buttons. The trademark red Leica dot on the front of the camera is also missing, so street photographers will remain inconspicuous.

At $8,295, the price tag may be steep for some; but if you are a photographer who specializes in black and white photography, it’s well worth the expense. Currently, the Leica M10 Monochrom is available for preorder.

The Leica M10 Monochrom is a full-frame camera exclusively for black and white photography.

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The slim, subtle design hides a powerful camera with a 40-megapixel sensor.

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Photographer Alan Schaller demonstrates the beautiful contrast and sharpness of the M10 Monochrom.

Alan Schaller for Leica M10 Monochrom

Photo: Alan Schaller

Alan Schaller for Leica M10 Monochrom

Photo: Alan Schaller

The camera’s sensor, built specifically for greyscale photos, is designed to handle any lighting situation

Alan Schaller for Leica M10 Monochrom

Photo: Alan Schaller

Alan Schaller for Leica M10 Monochrom

Photo: Alan Schaller

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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