The M Monochrom Typ 246 is the manufacturer's second model to shoot just black and white, but is it more than an expensive gimmick? Find out in our Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 review

Product Overview

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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

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  • Brilliant dynamic range; Large range of superb lenses; Basic and traditional controls similar to a film camera; High ISO performance


  • Viewfinder frame lines are only an approximation; Limited to monochrome; Prone to Highlight clipping


Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Review


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Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Review – Design

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Both the top and bottom plate of the Leica M Monochrom are made from brass, while the rest of the body is constructed from die-cast magnesium alloy. This makes it a fairly heavy camera weighing in at 680g without a lens.

The M-mount lenses the camera uses are renowned for being among the best lenses in the world, but they’re also rather heavy with plenty of glass and high-grade metals used to construct them. However, the camera isn’t particularly big so the weight of it isn’t a big issue for most.

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As the camera offers mostly just core, bare-bones camera settings its button layout is very straight forward. There’s a d-pad at the rear and a few buttons alongside the LCD, but not a great deal more

On the top of the camera are the shutter and drive dials along with video recording and the on/off switch. Aperture is controlled entirely by a manual aperture ring, while the focusing is also entirely manual.

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