Leica M Monochrom

American West. Leica M Monocrom, Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH. Exposure: 1/60 sec., ƒ/19, ISO 400. Photo by Drew Doggett.Admittedly, when the press release for the Leica M Monochrom (Type 246) crossed my desk, I chuckled. Why, I wondered aloud to an empty room, would someone spend around $7,500 for a camera that’s incapable of capturing color images? A quick scan of forums will reveal that this is a common theme in the discussion of the camera, which of course begs the question, “Well, why would someone want to shoot with a monochrome-only camera?” I immediately set out to find the answer. In these heady days of digital photography, black-and-white images are an anachronism, not the norm. But landscape photographers, raised on classic images from Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, have an especially visceral connection to both the history of black-and-white imagery and the powerful emotions the technique conveys. “Wait,” the Internet forums argue, “why don’t you just take a color imag..