Leica M Monochrom RAW Files for Download

The Leica M Monochrom ships to first buyers in Europe. German Leica photographer Dierk Topp sent THEME three Leica M9 and M Monochrom DNG/RAW comparison files for download and letting you play.

BTW, full Leica M Monochrom hands-on impressions by Dierk follow in a few days, stay tuned!

Samples are shot with the Summilux 35mm, a tripod and self timer set at 12 seconds. Automatic exposure with -0.7 EV. No post-processing, no sharpening. Focused at infinite. Dierk waited for a cloud to avoid extra contrast from hard sun light and shadow.

Says Dierk:

My first impression? There is not a very big difference in resolution. The “shades of gray” may be different and a matter of taste.

Without further ado, right-click on the image to download the raw DNG/RAW files. They’re about 35MB each.

Samples are focused at infinity to avoid focusing errors. Images are purely for comparison and testing purposes without composition in mind.

Leica M9 and Summilux 35mm — Right-click on image to download full RAW file. Shot at F8 — 1/750 — ISO 320 | Dierk Topp
Leica M9, Summilux 35mm — Right-click on image to download full RAW file. Shot at F8 — 1/350 — ISO 160 (base ISO) | Dierk Topp
Leica M Monochrom and Summilux 35mm — Right-click on image to download full RAW file. Shot at F8 — 1/350 — ISO 320 (base ISO) — with B+W (#023) MRC Dark Yellow 3x Filter | Dierk Topp

Here a taste of what’s to come in Dierk’s M Monochrom hands-on review:

Leica M Monochrom, Summicron 75mm, 2 soft boxes @ F11 | Dierk Topp
Leica M Monochrom, Super-Elmar 18mm without filter, Nik Silver Efex post-processing | Dierk Topp

If you’re a black-and-white aficionado, then better check out Dierk’s Flickr page.

+++ Make sure to read our complete, continuously updated Leica M Monochrom Review File for the latest on this unique Leica.



  • Laurent Laborde

    thank you thank you thank you !

    • Pleasure, Laurent. Let us know what you think after going through the files.

      • Laurent Laborde

        I think my X-Pro 1 is better than the M9 (in picture quality). But the M Monochrome is better than both. The M Monochrome is still in my dreamlist. (the dreamlist include : Leica M Monochrom, a betterlight scan, a medium format digital back).