|Leica IIIC rangefinder body and 50mm f/2.0 Leitz Summitar thread-mount lens|
|Leica Monochrom Type 246 with 50mm f/2.0 Summicron-M lens (from US.Leica-Camera.com)|
Regardless, Mr. Paul at the store let me do a quick test. We went outside to F street to find a suitable subject. A restaurant next door had white plates and cups that were glowing in the sun.
|Leica Monochrom with 50mm ƒ/2.0 ASPH lens, DNG file opened with Photoshop Elements 11 and contrast reduced. Resized with ACDSee Pro to 1600 pixels wide. Click to enlarge.|
|Fujifilm Acros film, exposed at EI=80, developed in Xtol, Leica IIIC camera with 5 cm ƒ/2.0 Summitar lens.|
|Full-size crop of the sugar packets in the Monochrom DNG file. Note the almost complete lack of grain.|
|Full-size crop from Acros film negative.|
|Leica SL (from US.Leica-Camera.com)|
|Comparison of Leica SL and 1960s M2 (from Camerasize.com)|
In summary, I really like the Monochrom but do not need it now. It is a bit (OK, very) expensive. Black and white film suits my needs presently, and I prefer the way it depicts the scenes that I typically photograph. The Leica SL is just too big and heavy to interest me. Its lenses are as big as Hasselblad lenses. I want to thank the gents at the Leica Store in Washington for the test run.
Here are a few touristy film photographs from the venerable Leica IIIC.
|Room with a view: 17th Street NW. Fuji Acros film, Leica IIIC|
|Sunset at the WWII Memorial, Washington, DC|
|Checking the scene at the Mall, Washington, DC|
|Pennsylvania Avenue at the FBI building. I used a Leitz GGr (yellow/green) filter over the Summitar lens|
|Venerable tree on 17th Street, late afternoon|