Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] digital b&w
From: Pete Su <>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 10:37:27 -0400

Actually, I noticed the other day that Kodak makes a version of one of 
their high end DCS 760 digital cameras that shoot B&W only. I presume 
this to mean that they are doing 6mp monochrome capture without the 
bayer filter.

I think the super expensive 4x5 scanning backs might also be able to do 
monochrome capture, but I'm not sure.

Both of these devices are way beyond the normal consumer price range 


On Monday, May 13, 2002, at 10:10  AM, Austin Franklin wrote:

> The short answer is, that all (with the exception of a version of the 
> Kodak
> DCS465 as far as I know) the one shot digital cameras shoot everything 
> in
> color (RGB) and convert, either in the camera, or in the software 
> driver, to
> B&W, if they give you a B&W output option.  None of them (except as 
> noted)
> can shoot in B&W, since they only have colored sensors.
> I, personally, have not been happy with digital B&W output, and find
> scanning film gives me far better tonality, and I like the look of film
> better than digital anyway ;-)
> Austin
>> Hello All,
>> I suppose this is an ignorant question, but since I know little about
>> digital, here goes: Is there a setting on higher end digital cameras 
>> (the
>> new Leica/Panasonic in particular) that lets you shoot in black and 
>> white?
>> Or do they all shoot in color and you then go greyscale in
>> photoshop? If I'm
>> doing portraits in black and white I'd like to be able to see the 
>> results
>> instantaneously on the readout in the back of camera. Is this possible?
>> Thanks,
>> Craig
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