Who doesn't love a good black and white photo? How about a black and white only digital camera? How about a black and white only digital camera with a fixed lens? Sounds great, right?
In this video, Matt Day reviews the Leica Q2 Monochrom, Leica's newest black and white only digital camera. Mr. Day does a great job walking you through the pros and cons of having a camera that only shoots in black and white compared to any other camera which just has a black and white mode. I must admit that I didn't quite realize just how much of the sensor's abilities were hindered by the sensor's design for shooting in color. It was a fascinating watch for me if for no other reason than the educational aspect.
For those that are not familiar, the Q2 marks Leica's second foray into the monochrome digital world; their first being the Leica M10 Monochrom. While I've personally never shot with either of Leica's Monochrom series cameras, I have once toyed around with the Leica Q2. In all honesty, I thought for sure I would dislike that camera on every level and wouldn't ever understand the purpose for it but I was pleasantly surprised as to how much fun it was to use and just how much I liked the photos that came from it - and that's despite the wide focal length which I generally don't care for much.
Part of me wonders (maybe even hopes?) that other manufacturers follow suit and also start making black and white only digital cameras but I wouldn't be surprised if it remains a Leica-only offering. What are your thoughts on black and white only cameras?