The Monochrom as a landscape camera.
Old 12-09-2012   #1
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The Monochrom as a landscape camera.

I'd be interested to see some serious landscapes from this camera. Considering the resolution it seems capable of and the tonal range I see occasionally in other threads it should be exceptional.

Examples anyone?
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Old 12-12-2012   #2
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Old 12-12-2012   #3
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Really nice ... thanks.
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Old 12-12-2012   #4
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That first one in particular!
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Technical details? Lenses? Filters?
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That first one in particular!
Yes. He wanted exceptional, and this is.
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Yes. He wanted exceptional, and this is.
AGREE!!!!!!!
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These are disgustingly good.

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Do they print up as nicely as they look on screen?
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WOW.

Exceptionally nice. Really great to see how the MM responds to filters.

How are prints and also how big can you print?

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Technical details? Lenses? Filters?
Jaap, the lenses are abbreviated, with 90AA I mean the Apo Summicron 90 mm f:2 Asph., and with SE 21/3.4 I mean the Super Elmar 21 mm f:3.4 Asph.. CV Heliar 15/4.5 is the Voigtländer 15 mm f:4.5II.
Filters are B+W, 091 Red and 060 Yellow-Green as noted.
For the 15 mm f:4.5II I did not mention the custom made attenuator type grad ND, 2 stop, from a Singh-Ray Galen Rowell 2 f-stop soft grad ND Filter ND-2G-SS and a 52 mm Tama U-Slim Digital UV Filter.


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90AA, ISO 1000, 1/250 sec, f:2 (I had to guestimate the focus with some bracket shots, unfortunately, my 90AA has to be adjusted for the MM, has slight backfocus). Conversion with ACR 7.

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90AA, ISO 800, 1/125 sec, f:2. 25 shots from a closer camera point, stitched with PTGUi. Converison with Photo Ninja.

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CV Heliar 15 mm f:4.5 @ 1/90 sec f:6.7 ISO 320, with attached screw on 0.9 ND grad filter. Conversion with Photo Ninja, then CS3 and Silver Efex for a manual blend after double converison and manual stitch after flattening the blends, to get a square FOV

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90AA, ISO 5000, 1/250 sec, f:2 , six shots stitched with PTGUi for a wider FOV. Conversion with Photo Ninja

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Super Elmar 21 mm f:3.4 Asph., ISO 320, f:6.7 with B+W 091 Red filter screwed on, three shots for a vertical stitch (PTGUi), 1/125 sec to 1/180 sec. Conversion with LR4

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Jaw hit's floor. Fantastic!
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Thank you :-) Raymond and Cal, I have no MM prints...
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Thank you :-) Raymond and Cal, I have no MM prints...
But you have skill... One day I hope to develop similar skills.

A steep learning curve is a head, new to digital, number 4 on a waiting list for a MM.

I'm just wondering where is the resolution limit of the camera from someone so advanced.

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...I'm just wondering where is the resolution limit of the camera from someone so advanced.

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Cal, with the already large prints in mind, I have from the M9, I think that MM prints will look fine, even as really large prints. I do not stitch for larger file size or resolution, I do that when I want another FOV and have only one or two lenses with me.
A crop from #1, the tree on the left side


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Cal, with the already large prints in mind, I have from the M9, I think that MM prints will look fine, even as really large prints. I do not stitch for larger file size or resolution, I do that when I want another FOV and have only one or two lenses with me.
A crop from #1, the tree on the left side


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Carsten,

Thanks for the inspiration. Please post more.

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....Please post more.

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Jogging with MM and Perar 35/3.5 (yes, really): ISO 2000, 1/90 sec f:4, conversion with Photo Ninja


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Amazing pictures
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Amazing pictures

As a diehard film fan, I must say that the Leica Monochrom represents the first time that i would consider going over to Leica digital, especially after seeing these amazing shots. Thanks for posting !
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Wow. Those are truly stunning. Thanks for showing what you can do with the Monochrom.

And I have also found my little Perar 35 to be a very worthwhile companion.
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Old 12-12-2012   #23
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how big can it print? love the one with red filter...
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how big can it print? ...
Not sure. But must be significantly bigger than M9, which is already sufficient for me... Might be the first time that I keep the MM for many years without looking out for new stuff :-)
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Thankyou C R ... your images were exactly what I wanted to see. I think the MM will be used a lot for street and general shooting but I have to suspect it's unique qualities are suited to studied landscapes and still life as well.
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@Carsten - first one is my fav. amazing shots. thanks for sharing.

here are some, the only filter i got is a hoya r72 filter - still got a hard time getting those colored filters in this side of the world...





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More landscape examples from Ming Thein.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/05/28/photoessay-6/
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More landscape examples from Ming Thein.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/05/28/photoessay-6/


I looked at those then went back and looked at CR's images and I have to say Ming Thein's images don't do a lot for me ... maybe it's the post processing but they seem harsh and overly contrasty. More the look I'd expect to see in street photography.
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I looked at those then went back and looked at CR's images and I have to say Ming Thein's images don't do a lot for me ... maybe it's the post processing but they seem harsh and overly contrasty. More the look I'd expect to see in street photography.
That seems to be the beauty of the files from the MM, there is so much latitude to process them in any way you see fit.
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here are some, the only filter i got is a hoya r72 filter - still got a hard time getting those colored filters in this side of the world...
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Thank you :-) Raymond and Cal, I have no MM prints...
Well, you should start having some Baryta prints made and you will see how crappy these shots look on a computer...
Seriously, it is only on print that MM files realize their full potential.
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Well, you should start having some Baryta prints made and you will see how crappy these shots look on a computer...
Seriously, it is only on print that MM files realize their full potential.
I hope I don't start a film vs digital war, but I see a lot of medium format qualities in the MM.

I still have mucho MF, but I'm not sure how all this will sort out. I will continue to shoot B&W 120, but it might be hard to justify all the MF cameras I own.

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Hi Cal,

since I have never shot MF myself (was tempted to get a Hassy set up last year...) but I have heard that comment about the MM a lot of times, I am really curious about your verdict as en experienced MF film guy.
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I looked at those then went back and looked at CR's images and I have to say Ming Thein's images don't do a lot for me ... maybe it's the post processing but they seem harsh and overly contrasty. More the look I'd expect to see in street photography.
He seems to be aware of this too as he points out:

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I also want to address one of the major criticisms I saw on my earlier review regarding lack of mid-gray tonal variation: given limited time to shoot and lots of rain, I only managed to get the camera out around midday – which in the tropics, means extremely harsh light.
To your point, some of the images almost look like B&W "TV snow" / noise, especially in the images with lots of small leaves.
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Hi Cal,

since I have never shot MF myself (was tempted to get a Hassy set up last year...) but I have heard that comment about the MM a lot of times, I am really curious about your verdict as en experienced MF film guy.
Klaus,

Over the summer I was shooting 50-60 rolls a month and about half was 120. At this present time I have 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9 covered and the guys at the NYC Meet-Up were making fun of me for not having a Linhoff Panoramic camera yet.

As you know. NYC is a shooter's paradise.

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Klaus,

Over the summer I was shooting 50-60 rolls a month and about half was 120. At this present time I have 6x6, 6x7 and 6x9 covered and the guys at the NYC Meet-Up were making fun of me for not having a Linhoff Panoramic camera yet.

As you know. NYC is a shooter's paradise.

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Hi Cal,

maybe I missed it so far but I can't remember any of your shots posted here on RFF. Do you have a member gallery to show you stuff or have you never scanned anything? It will all be so much easier once you just have to pop that SD card out of the Monochrom .


As a general remark to this thread:
I guess the Monochrom can be the "everything camera"
[apart from the obvious special application : tele / marco etc.]
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As a general remark to this thread:
I guess the Monochrom can be the "everything camera"
[apart from the obvious special application : tele / marco etc.]

Ummm.... 400 mm on the Monochrom....




I haven't come around to doing any macro on it. Yet....
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