B&W Photography

Started Jan 27, 2014 | Questions thread
result42 Regular Member • Posts: 291
Re: B&W Photography

Lord Mox wrote:

I've for long been an admirer of b&w photography. In the last few weeks, I've been thinking of buying a second camera as a back up to my main one. I am not a professional nor will ever be (lack the creative talent, and have a decent career that I love).

So, for a camera that will be used mainly (about 90% of the time) for black and white, what are your recommendation? I am asking in Nikon forum, because I will be using Nikon glass. I have 5 of those currently and my main is d600.

Or may be, I should approach the question from a different angle. Does black and white photography requires different features (e.g. dynamic range, resolution etc...) than color? What should be my focus in trying to find a suitable b&w camera?

(Film is out of the question as I barely can understand digital, and there are not many developing sites in my area).

I hope I made my question clear and have not confused you in anyway.

Thanks all,


I am currently processing >50% of my images in B+W.  From a dynamic range point of view, the good thing with B+W is that to preserve highlight information, you only need one or two of the channels not blown out (Still ideal to have 3).  With colour, this would lead to strange casts but for B+W, not a problem most of the time.  You can push post processing much further in B+W before the image starts to fall apart.  Any of the current Nikons should have no problem.  The choice of body is more of a decision based on handling/af/frame rate point of view.

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