I’ve always asked myself, why? Why buy a camera to shoot only in black & white? I still don’t really get it. Even after Leica introduced the Q2 Monochrom. Yes, the images are magnificent and it’s probably the best tool (sorry, Leica) to photograph the best monochrom images possible. If Photoshop and all the other professional image editing didn’t exist I would probably be all over the Leica Q2 Monochrom. But they do exist and I like to convert my color raw files into monochrom images and choose settings depending on the picture. I still use Nikon’s Silver Efex Pro (a Photoshop plugin) for conversion and it works great for me.
So what makes the Leica Q2 Monochrom desirable? Leica claims that the Q2 Monochrom records 2EV more dynamic range than the Q2, taking it to 13EV. If you’re thinking ‘dynamic range’ the name of Ansel Adams will probably popup. The photographic genius Ansel Adams who photographed the ‘The Tetons and The Snake River’ in the Yosemite National Park in 1942. He would probably buy a Leica Q2 Monochrom if he lived in our times. So the conclusion must be that Leica made a camera for a very small niche of photographers who shoot maybe fine art and landscapes in black & white. Photographers like Ansel Adams. The downside, you must have some serious cash to become the next Ansel Adams.