Monochrome Fuji: Want a dedicated monochrome digital camera but don’t want an expensive Leica?


posted Monday, February 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT


Started in 1996, MaxMax modifies a wide variety of cameras for specialized photography such as ultraviolet-visible-IR, IR, monochrome, UV monochrome and more. For the first time ever, they are offering modified monochrome Fujifilm cameras. Their first two offerings are the Fuji X-Pro1 and X100S.

While the modified cameras cost more than their retail counterparts, of course, they are still much lower cost than the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), which sells for nearly US$7,500. MaxMax sells the Fuji X-Pro1 Monochrome camera for $2,425. The X100S costs slightly more, selling for $2,600.

MaxMax says that "Fuji monochrome cameras can compare quite favorably to the Leica M but with higher performance in many respects and with a much lower price. Quality monochrome conversions are difficult, but for various technical reasons, the Fuji cameras are even more of a challenge." The X-Pro1-M and X100S-M models are the first two, but MaxMax plans to convert and sell additional Fuji models as they address the technical challenges associated with converting new models.

Sample image captured by the Fuji X100S-M. Image credit: MaxMax

Readers, would you have any interest in purchasing a dedicated monochrome digital camera? Let us know in the comments below.

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