Black and white photography enthusiasts just got one more reason to dip into the piggy bank, following the impending arrival of the Leica M Monochrom Type 246. A follow-up to the M-Monocrhrome, the second gen classic throwback brings several improvements including a significantly increased ISO range.
A 24 MP CMOS sensor boosts ISO range to 25,000 from a previous limit of 10,000. The new shooter also includes a three-inch 921k-dot LCD screen with live view. Live View Zoom mode provides 10x magnification, while Live View Focus Peaking uses colored lines to highlight sharply focused edges. The camera is also faster than its predecessor, capable of taking snapshots three times faster courtesy improved 2GB buffer and processor speeds.
Full HD video (in black and white only, of course) is also available. Buyers also have the option of adding an optional microphone adapter set for recording stereo audio. Together with HD video, this imbues the Type 246 with capabilities outside the range of still photography and into the realm of live action filming.
The M Monochrom Type 246 will be available starting this month and will cost in the neighborhood of $7500. Additional filters in yellow, orange and green will be available in July.