Leica has announced a new B&W-only camera, the Leica M11 Monochrom which goes on sale immediately for £8300.
The M11 Monochrom is based on the Leica M11 and uses a similar 60MP full-frame sensor, but as it lacks the usual colour filter array, it can only create monochrome images. Like the M11, the M11 Monochrom can capture 60MP, 36Mp or 18MP images, using pixel-binning to create the smaller images while still using the full width of the sensor.
The new Leica M11 Monochrom has an all-metal body but using aluminium for the top-plate reduces its weight by 120g in comparison to its predecessor, dropping it to 540g.
In addition to the UHS-II SD card slot, there’s 256GB of onboard memory.
Meanwhile, the Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity enables images to be transferred quickly to the Leica FOTOS app on a tablet or smartphone. The Leica M11 Monochrom is also a certified Apple ‘Made for iPhone and iPad’ accessory and it can be connected to those device via the dedicated Leica FOTOS cable.
- Camera type: Digital rangefinder
- Announced: 13th April 2023
- Sensor: Full-frame (24 x 36mm) 60.3MP BSI CMOS
- Processor: Maestro III
- Lens mount: Leica M
- Viewfinder: Optical rangefinder type
- Screen: Fixed 2.95-inch LCD with 2,332,800 dots and Sapphire Glass touchscreen
- Sensitivity range: ISO 125-200,000
- Focusing: Manual (rangefinder)
- Maximum shooting rate: 4.5fps
- Video: N/A
- Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 139×38.5x80mm
- Weight: 540g with battery
Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH.
Leica has also announced the Leica Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH, price £4000 for the black version and £4200 for the silver version.
An update on the previous Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH, the new lens benefits from the latest optical technology and features 11 aperture blades rather than 9. In addition, the focus distance has been reduced from 70cm to 45cm in live view mode – it remains 70cm with rangefinder focusing.
The new Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 ASPH features a round lens hood that is integrated into the barrel.