M240 or MM for B&W?

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jpfisher
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Re: M240 or MM for B&W?
In reply to xtforest, 8 months ago

I've shot with both, albeit only for a couple weeks with the Monochrom. Ended up buying an M240 for myself. But I shoot a lot of color. I'll do black-and-white conversions if I'm shooting digital side-by-side with B&W film, but I don't go B&W for a shot outside of that.

That said, I found myself loving the B&W when I was shooting with the MM, so perhaps I should just discipline myself and try some digital conversions.

For the most part, I found myself roundtripping Monochrom DNGs to Silver Efex Pro to get the look I wanted. The images are a little too flat and clean out-of-camera, and I couldn't get what I wanted using Lightroom alone.

The Monochrom is going to give you incredibly sharp images due to the lack of the Bayer filter. (Similar to the color output you get out of a Sigma Foveon camera.) The M240 gives you a high-res rear LCD (confirming focus with the 230k dot screen on the Mono is a pain), Live View, video, and color. For a grand less. Or around the same price if you go the eBay route and pick one up above sticker price.

My detailed thoughts on the Monochrom (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416408,00.asp) and the M240 (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422507,00.asp)

Sample images from the Monochrom (http://jimfisher.smugmug.com/keyword/leica%20m%20monochrom) and the M240 (http://jimfisher.smugmug.com/keyword/leica%20m%20typ%20240)

Hope this helps you in your decision.

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