M Monochrom in China

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Jono Slack
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M Monochrom in China
May 11, 2012

Hi Everyone . . . I've been a little scarce recently (me bad).

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

I've written some words, and there are a lot of images (mostly with the exif intact)

http://www.slack.co.uk

Click on the link

Enjoy!
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Thanks Jono. Nice photos.
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beautiful images

thank you

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I was just thinking the other nite to start using CN B&W in my M5 and then bring the film to have someone develope it and then burn me a CD. I can PP the images and save them on my HD and print the one's I like. In my own way it's like I would have a digital M.

Anyway, Jono while reading your words it struck me that DPR has taken the liberty to borrow quite a lot from you in their preliminary review of the MM (Henry) today. Let's see if I am the only one who notices this.

I'd love to have my own Leica Henry. I'd also love to visit China as I have taken to playing the erhu and pipa and guquin this past year. My favorite is the Pipa. But the guquin has a certain maturity about the sounds I can make. The erhu is fun but for some reason it's not my favorite.
-Peter

Jono Slack wrote:

Hi Everyone . . . I've been a little scarce recently (me bad).

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

I've written some words, and there are a lot of images (mostly with the exif intact)

http://www.slack.co.uk

Click on the link

Enjoy!
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masterful photography
the M9M seems a brilliant tool for a serious photographer
glad to see it got into your hands
it sets the bar high for high ISO photography
my favorite of your many fine offerings was the cormorant fisherman
Bravo!
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When I heard the announcement and looked at the specs I laughed.

Then I saw your photos.

Wow.

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It's not an M9 Monochrome. It's an M Monochrom.

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ISO 6400 looks good
In reply to Jono Slack, May 11, 2012

It appears as if high ISO is actually really usable on the M9M. That is good to know. Thanks for the write-up.

Thomas
(Shooting b/w in China over the past 30 years, myself)

Jono Slack wrote:

Hi Everyone . . . I've been a little scarce recently (me bad).

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

I've written some words, and there are a lot of images (mostly with the exif intact)

http://www.slack.co.uk

Click on the link

Enjoy!
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Images are just plain and bad..

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Hi Jono,

Jono Slack wrote:

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

I've written some words, and there are a lot of images (mostly with the exif intact)

I respect you from good old Olympus days and your write-up makes the M-M sound like a very likeable camera. Your photography makes it look good, too, but you could make a disposable camera look good.

I love the concept of an all B&W camera. Working with a colour camera for B&W is like driving a motorcycle that has a roof, a cup holder, a seat with a seatbelt, and so on. All stuff that isn't relevant at all to the paradigm I'm working in. No way I can afford an M-M, but still nice to know the option is there should I ever stumble over a big pot of money

Peter.

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In reply to PeterLeyssens, May 11, 2012

Aside from the obvious talent of the photographer, what strikes me in these images is the Dynamic Range. The images look natural, non-digital. This film like-quality is something Leica understands and something i welcome.

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Thank you Jono
In reply to PeterLeyssens, May 11, 2012

for sharing your trip and time with the new offering.

I concede that such a specialised beast will have its own corner to occupy (with the usual detractors like all things). I was not remotely interested in such a camera though the marginal gain from the removal of the filter array sounds interesting. But your images certainly has me not shutting the door on this one .... yet. Hmmm no more processing with Silver Efex Pro!

Again thank you for a peek into your slice of life with the new cam.

David

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Hi Jono!

Jono Slack wrote:

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

Thx for showing us this photos...some real world shots...nothing really surprising to be seen - nice and beautiful b/w shots and YES - very good high-iso ability...BUT one thing else came into my mind - that's my very personal opinion - at first glance they did seem quite "flat" to me - I am missing the typical 3D look that LEICA is so known and proud off. Maybe it's just me...

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Wonderful images Jono, thank you for posting the link.

I have to say that I agree with Michael S here about the images looking a bit on the "flat" side to my eyes - even where there seemed to be a more dramatic lighting situation in the scene and deeper/richer blacks would be expected. In your experience, Jono, is that the case ? or is that just the "better dynamic range" that this new sensor delivers and you are purposefully retaining the maximum tonal scale in the post production? I suppose, like all digital photography nowadays, only the hands-on experience of shooting and processing can answer that.

I am very interested in this camera as a "second M9" body.

Again thank you for any more information you can give.
Sincerely
Jorge

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Hi Jono!

Jono Slack wrote:

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

Thx for showing us this photos...some real world shots...nothing really surprising to be seen - nice and beautiful b/w shots and YES - very good high-iso ability...BUT one thing else came into my mind - that's my very personal opinion - at first glance they did seem quite "flat" to me - I am missing the typical 3D look that LEICA is so known and proud off. Maybe it's just me...

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Hi Everyone
thanks for the kind response, I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures.

I'll try and answer some questions tomorrow, but Im just back from Berlin, and rather knackered, so it's supper and bed for me!

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On second vist I found that I could click on images and open up gallery
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I missed it the first time last night. But just now on a revist to your thread I made the discovery that if I clicked on the images in your link, that then I was in your Leica Henry China Visit Gallery and there were many many images to view in each gallery.

Now I can say that I viewed enough to feel more interested in the Henry as I liked what I saw.
Thanks for your efforts Jono.
Your son is all grown up now!
-Peter

Jono Slack wrote:

Hi Everyone . . . I've been a little scarce recently (me bad).

However, i have been to China with the M Monochrom.

I've written some words, and there are a lot of images (mostly with the exif intact)

http://www.slack.co.uk

Click on the link

Enjoy!
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In reply to jorge rubia, May 12, 2012

better dynamic range can mean greater flexibility in post processing. Portions of the range can be compressed for contrast enhancement.

the images presented appear as if they are without that kind of careful post processing.

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Very nice work Jono. It seems that you and Henri get along just fine. I'd love to go back to China it was so photogenic.

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A surprising upgrade to the m9
In reply to Jono Slack, May 12, 2012

Fun travel shots. The foot painting and cormorant fisherman are my favs and I would have been happy to have snapped those. On the whole the set seems to heavily favor the mid tones. Reminds me of photography from the first half of the last century.

The tonal range is really exciting as is the amount of detail in the shadows. On the downside it seems we'll need relearn to expose properly.

Right than, I'm sold. I have cameras that fill the same niche as the m9, but none that match the monochrom.

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In reply to Jono Slack, May 12, 2012

Hi Jono,

Great to see the Leica is providing their M's to actual Users and Photographers, not just reviewers.

Some great shots and the Henri seems to be a great tools and a strong move by Leica. But as your I'm still (was) a Oly Fan, but moved now to the M9P (35mm Cron, 50mm Lux and 90.. Sum) and will soon be selling the remaining of my 4/3 Kit.

The M9 is just the right tool and I'm feeling home now...

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