Hey dont get me wrong, I like the M-monochrome... think its a great idea! My complaint is price and leica's choice not to upgrade certain things when they should. Maybe im more pissed cus now I cant afford alot of their stuff lol. But seriously 230K lcd from six years ago, leica x2 with 4mp and a panasonic evf rebadged... not much innovation for the price to be honest. Plus you shoot film dude. Im talking digital.
Fair enough, but just to clarify, my post wasn't really directed at you, and I think most people are in agreement about the high price.
Yes, I shoot film now, but when I was shooting digital, I read about the concept and possible advantages of a dedicated B&W sensor, which at that time intrigued me. Meaning that had such a camera (an affordable one!) been introduced at the time I was shooting digital, I would have seriously considered it.
For the general audience:
I fully encourage folks to read the Mike Johnston article I linked above, because he really goes into, among other things, the psychological factors involved with why he has been pushing for such a sensor (not necessarily a US$8,000 camera) for the past decade. It is an absolutely subjective argument, many will disagree, but it broadens the discussion beyond the technical.
Yes, the Leica (or even a much cheaper variant) would be a very niche camera; but in the greater scheme of things, so will be the Canon 1DX (is it available yet). Niche is not a bad thing, but catering only to mainstream or conventional demands can be. Besides, I'm assuming that most of the folks who purchase the Monochrome will already have an M9/M8 or DSLR.
Of course, there is the issue of price; the issue of merely mentioning the word "Leica" in POTN; the issue of market feasibility. But what I'm sensing, and I might be wrong, is that there are some folks simply opposed to the introduction of a B&W sensor because it doesn't fit well within their photographic paradigm. That is, even if the sensor was introduced in extremely affordable camera, there would still be ridicule.
My main point is that even if Leica has produced something that appears foolishly nonmarketable (and it might be, particularly at the price point), at least something different has been produced, something that broadens the choice of tools for photographers. And I don't see how the introduction of a B&W sensor can be such a bad thing. I do share, however, Johnston's concern that should the camera fail, it might do so due to cost, not concept.
KenjiS, I've seen a number of samples too, actually some pretty damn good ones, but frankly, I'm still sticking with film (not that I have the financial wherewithal to shift to a Monochrome anyway), but there are reasons beyond the purely technical where a B&W-only sensor might appeal to some folks; and again, there is greater choice now, there is a new idea now, and I believe that ultimately, this is a good thing.