Why Don’t More Manufacturers Make Monochrome Versions of Their Cameras? – Fstoppers

With Leica having just released the beautiful but insanely expensive M10 Monochrom, there’s a good question why other camera manufacturers don’t do the same. Would you buy a Sony a7M III, a Fuji X-M3, or even a Canon EOS Rm?

I’ve been wondering this myself.

A more obvious (affordable) monochrome camera would be something from Fuji, and there have been rumblings about this in the past. With the compact bodies and slightly more hipster leanings, I’d certainly be tempted by an X30m, an X100Fm, or an X-Pro3m.

My thought has long been that an X100M would be a killer camera. Lots of people use the X100 series for street photography, and a monochrome version would be ideal for that.

It would be a very niche product, but I have a feeling that there are enough people who shoot black and white that it could attract photographers who want the constraint and quality of a monochrome camera.

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3 thoughts on “Why Don’t More Manufacturers Make Monochrome Versions of Their Cameras? – Fstoppers

  1. Surely technology is smart enough to incorporate a colour/b&w switch on all/most cameras. After all, B&W only ‘sees’ light and shade’ – just turn the colour receptors off. (I’m 75 and B&W was all we had on affordable cameras, even until I left school.)

  2. Went to the Leica Monochrom site. The image on the ski slope with the shower of snow particles was incredible, along with people in low light. Just amazing detail w wide gray scale. The camera has trouble in normal light or snow scenes. The dog in the mall was too confusing. However, the mood shots in low light made me want the camera as well. The snow shots may have been in error over exposed. Hope so. I used to design for print using mostly grayscale images. I do not want to go back to designing in b/w or duotones. Color work is required by this retired designer. But the mood scene shots send shivers.

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