Reacquainting myself with the Leica Monochrom

By October 13, 2014 Blog

Reacquainting  myself with the Leica Monochrom

Reacquainting myself with the Leica Monochrom! Yes that’s right, I’ve been seriously neglecting my digital gear over recent months, so in the last couple of days I’ve been reacquainting myself with the Leica Monochrom and the Musical Theatre.

I really love being back in this building amongst such enthusiastic and telented people, what I don’t love is the light……the ambient lighting in this building yields absolutely nothing, however we have managed to rig up one spotlight which I can adjust, a little.

As a rule I’ve found it easier to use both the 35mm and 50mm Summilux in this environment, mostly wide open. Some of these shots were also taken with the 90mm Summicron f/2 which is very useful but an absolute b***h to focus in this light, even with the 1.4x magnifier.

I use a combination of shooting Manual on occasion but the vast majority of the time in Aperture Priority. It’s pretty challenging just focusing the camera and not falling off the stage so I try not to give myself too many other things to concentrate on!!

All the images have been shot at either ISO 3200 or 4000, this yields me shutter speeds between 1/125 and 1/180. I aways shoot the Monochrom with an Exposure Comp of -2/3 to -1.

All the files are RAW and processed in LR5 only.

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I’m definitely reminded just how much I love this camera especially in situations where light is an issue. My next plan for the MM was to mount the Tokyo Kogaku 50/2 Topcor S and try to put together a little user report on this lens, but………..

On examination of these files it would seem there is an issue with my MM sensor, I have a dead pixel which isn’t great and I’m not entirely sure how long it’s been there. What’s worse and more noticeable is that at higher ISO’s it manifests itself in to a continuous line across the frame.  None of which is great for a camera that’s only shot 7000 frames, I’ve contacted Leica Mayfair to see if there is anything that can be done, fingers crossed for a positive response!

I’m still waiting for my E6 processing to come back which is a reminder of why its just better being in control, especially when you’re trying to put content together. So with that in mind I’m currently holding off on the rest of my images from the Winterless North, just in case there’s anything decent on the E6!

Cheers, Jason.

7 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing these images Jason. I’ve been shooting the M-E for almost two years and would love to get my hands on the MM. I would really like to see how the higher ISO would work for me in some of the nightclub venues I’ve been shooting the last few months. Looks like the MM is the ticket.

    As to your bad pixel/column problem. I’ve had the same issue with my M-E and Leica USA repaired mine via warranty and required a new sensor/board. It came back like new along with the rangefinder being adjusted a tiny bit to perfection. In the mean time make a preset in LR after using the Spot Removal Brush.

    • janrzm says:

      Hi Duane,

      The MM is the perfect camera for the kind of environment you describe, you should definitely give it a try.

      I’ve had a positive response from Leica regarding my sensor issue so now I just need to be without the MM for a while. I’ll be using your tip in the meantime as I have some other images to process!

      Cheers, Jason.

  • fabio says:

    Hi Jason,
    Love your work. I must admit your film work is what I prefer the most. keep shooting, great stuff
    F

    • janrzm says:

      Hey Fabio,

      Thank you. At the moment the film stuff is my preference also, I do need to remind myself that it’s not for everyone though so with that in mind I’m trying to mix it up.

      I’ve got a huge film post ready to go, just waiting to see if there is anything worth adding from the two rolls of E6 I shot at the same time.

      All the best.

  • Richard G says:

    I recently had the same pixel and line across the image problem with my Monochrom. Camera Clinic in Melbourne electronically remapped that part of the sensor and all was fine. Turnaround of about a week.

    • janrzm says:

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know that. At the moment it looks like I’ll be sending it back to Germany via Lacklands in Auckland. It will take considerably longer than a week but it won’t cost me anything…..

      Thanks again.

      Jason.

  • Imagebloke says:

    Beautiful images, thanks for sharing them.