Q2 Monochrome conversion

Started Aug 21, 2019 | Discussions thread
OP Khun_K Senior Member • Posts: 1,499
Re: Q2 Monochrome conversion

lnsmr wrote:

Great picture! Did you take BW straight from the camera or converted it from color later on? Any tips on BW conversion?

An issue with monochrome is having to pick a color filter before the shot. Used to carry yellow and green filter for shooting BW films, but found it trouble some.

Downsampling from 47MP color during BW conversion with channel mixers offer a lot more flexibility than monochrome sensor. Big part of BW fun is tweaking picture post. I suppose my opinion is more in line with Adams than HCB.

On the other hand, one can argue 246 offers more "true resolution" and and DR, especially at high ISO. The noise and DR of Q2 at high ISO are pretty bad, but clean up very well after down sampling to 24MP, which is somewhat more comparable to 246 IQ.

It was DNG, converted to BW with Capture One Pro.  I also shoot with MM246 but never did direct comparison, however, because MM246 DNG requires no demosaicing process so even it is 24MP the final output is very clean and still slightly cleaner than BW converted files from Q2 - but Q2 gets as close as any current Leica FF cameras.

In this case, because Q2 takes color DNG and can apply color when converting to monochrome image so it is a very good all around camera to consider, even for BW enthusiasts, IMHO, although many MM or MM246 users may disagree, I don't speak for them, I speak for myself.

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