Leica has announced the best compact rangefinder camera, which allows you to take exclusively black and white images. The Leica M11 Monochrom is the perfect tool to unleash your creativity.
With this new best Leica rangefinder camera, you will be able to shoot black-and-white images with the finest details and incredible natural sharpness. This is ensured by the BSI CMOS sensor, which was specially developed for the Leica M11 generation – without color filters and with extremely high sensitivity.
It also gives you the freedom to choose between 60, 36, and 18 megapixels at any time as a DNG or JPEG RAW file and has an extended ISO range of 125 to 200,000.
The best compact rangefinder camera from Leica uses an M11 body made entirely of metal. Leica highlights the aluminum top bezel, sapphire crystal display, leatherette coating, and scratch-resistant black finish, contributing to what the company calls “timeless appeal.”
The camera is completely monochrome, like the photos it will take, and lacks the Leica logo, but does have a dark chrome finish on the optical viewfinder that the company says highlights its understated, iconic design.
The M11 Monochrom has internal memory again, but Leica has expanded it to 256GB. It can also shoot to an SD card that can be inserted into the battery compartment.
In addition, the camera allows you to connect to the Leica Fotos app to transfer images to mobile devices, as well as to control the camera from your smartphone. With Bluetooth or USB-C connectivity, images can be quickly transferred to the app for further processing.
Leica M11 Monochrom is a “Made for iPhone and iPad” certified accessory, which opens up unique possibilities when combined with the included Leica Fotos cable, according to the manufacturer.
It also received digital zoom of 1.3x and 1.8x, Bluetooth version 4.2.2, built-in electronic real-time image stabilization, and custom FN buttons.
Leica M11 Monochrom release date, pre-order
The price of Leica M11 Monochrom is $9,195 and is already available to pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com websites.
In addition to the new M11 Monochrom, Leica has also announced an improved version of its Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH lens. It is a reimagining of the “legendary” optics: the lens has been redesigned with the latest technology while maintaining the compact and lightweight design for which the original was known.
The lens has eleven aperture blades instead of nine, and the minimum focusing distance has been reduced from 70 to 45 centimeters. The latter was made possible only by a two-cam mechanism specially developed by Leica engineers. As a result, the angle of rotation of the distance ring can be significantly increased compared to the previous model, so that focusing is even more accurate across the entire range of settings.
The new Summilux-M 50mm f1.4 ASPH is available in silver or black anodized. The black version has been priced at $4,495, and the silver version costs $4,795. Both models are also already available for pre-order on Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com websites.