02-22-2013, 06:03 AM
Quote:Oh well, I'm not so sure about it. You really need to have a need for massive resolution to prefer a dedicated BW sensor over a colour one (and do BW in post processing). Or (as Leica) you feel the urge to get ISO performance close to the competition in at least one camera
Don't forget that you gain ISO performance, but give up on other things you may have gotten used to (like recovering blacks or highlights, or applying color filters later).
Anyway: a friend of mine got his M monochrome yesterday. So far he is really happy with it, but he was used to shooting BW film not long ago. Nonetheless, can't wait to get my hands on his camera, soon
Well, a BW sensor has its "gain" (more resolution) and "loss" (no color information, less DR, etc). I think a BW sensor camera can attract the interest of at least a small group of people who love BW photography (although I agree that in general getting a BW image by postprocessing a colored image may be better), but I see no reason why a BW sensor camera can be more expensive than a "corresponding" colored sensor camera (like the Leica M-M vs M9 or similar).
Regarding recovering blacks and highlights, I understand that from a BW sensor image you cannot recover as many blacks and highlights as from a similar colored sensor image, but I think you can still recover some blacks and highlights due to different number of bits used in a raw and jpeg file (am I right?).