Monochrome Ricoh?

Started Oct 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Monochrome Ricoh?
Oct 7, 2012

Following Tom's cue to keep this forum active, does anyone have thoughts on a monochrome model?

If memory serves, a Ricoh spokesman last year mentioned the possible development of a strictly b&w model. That was at a time when there were only shadowy rumors of the Leica M Monochrom.

The Leica Monochrom has now been out a while, and has attracted the description of "iconic". Consider these photos by Leica expert David Farkas, a side-by-side comparison of the output of an M9 with that of an M Monochrom:

http://www.reddotforum.com/content.php/231-ISO-Test-Leica-M-Monochrom-vs.-Leica-M9

Astounding, no?

If you go to his review, he remarks, "On the M Monochrom, each and every pixel is capturing 14 bits of luminance information across the entire spectral range (panchromatic), yielding 16,384 shades of gray. B&W conversions from color images still have to go through the demosaicing process, and as such will never yield as much detail or tonality as the native monochrome images from the M Monochrom."

http://www.reddotforum.com/content.php/226-Leica-M-Monochrom-Review

Here's my point. A small dedicated B&w sensor could match the monochrome output of a much larger color (Bayer pattern) sensor.

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