The Leica Monochrom Sample Image Gallery, updated every week!

The Leica Monochrom Sample Image Gallery, updated every week!

Be sure to check out this page I posted yesterday which will house all of the review images that I like taken with my Leica  Monochrom. It will be sort of like my old Leica M9 Diary but only with the Monochrom. This way I can post new samples without making a new post every single time. I still have a few comparisons coming up with it between NEX-5R and the OM-D for B&W but this page will be dedicated to photos taken with the camera. There is quite a bit of interest in the camera so you can find the gallery link under the “About Me” tab above (Monochrom). The shots on the sanple page are all images taken during my review time with the camera, they are not shots from any personal project or serious venture 🙂 Just images taken in all ISO, using filters and not using filters, images that show Bokeh, detail and sharpness as well as a few with software filter enhancement. Review images 🙂

The filter holder in the image above is a great accessory for anyone shooting a monochom with filters. It holds 6 filters and is of fantastic quality, made by B+W. You can see it here at B&H, and it is cheap. 

You can click on over to it HERE and be sure to check back weekly as there will always be new photographs added.


  1. …So what happens now that you’ve sold your Monochrom, Steve?

    “I know it was you…You broke my heart.”



    • Ummmm I did not sell my Monochrom. It’s right here about 13 inches away from me on my desk 🙂 If I ever do sell it, then that means no more new samples here – just samples in the new upcoming “Leica M” gallery. But no, the Mono is right here with me.

  2. Steve,
    I also own a Monochrom and would love for people to see a couple of examples of what the camera can really do but I am not sure if I want to go through the trouble of creating a “daily inspiration”. I know what is going to happen, the typical Leica haters are gong to criticize the shots and the Leica/Mono lovers are going to feel the need to defend.

    Is there any way to add a couple of shots from other “mononchrom fans” to some sort of open Monochrom Gallery? People can then just ask request technical data if they feel the need to…


  3. Is there any advantage to using a physical filter as opposed to the software one on a digital camera other than the monochrome.

    • Well, one way to find out is to go out and literally do just that: take pictures with and without coloured filters. Then compare the results. A great way to learn.

    • Basically, the Bayer filter is already a color filter. It is used to calculate color for the final image, but on the pixel layer it does nothing else than provide green, red and blue color filters for each pixel. So every digital color camera already has that functionality built-in and you can make use of it using post-processing software like Photoshop or SilverEfex. An optical color filter wouldn’t make sense here because basically you’d stack it on top of the Bayer color filter, which would result in even less light reaching the sensor and no benefit whatsoever. The camera has the capacity to capture color; if you choose to withhold the color, that capacity is simply left unused.

      I also think that you can learn faster about color filters by using digital equivalents rather than optical ones, because then you are applying them after the capture. This enables you to change the color filters on the fly and see WYSIWYG results. Just take a picture and apply different filters after the fact until you “get it”.

  4. Hi Steve, am using om-d and noticed that you apply monochrom filters on the oly software (green, red etc).
    Isn’t it the same as using physical filters on the lens?

    • Amal. With the Monochrom you can not do post-processing with red, green, etc channels because it doesn’t capture color information. If Steve wants to record a blue sky in really dark tones he has to use a red filter in front of the lens to block the blue light before it hits the sensor. Like in the film days. On a camera that records color, using a filter on the lens is similar to applying a filter in software.

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