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Hello, Monochrom users/B&W shooters - There is some overlap between B&W digital and film based shooting and printing in this post; I am not sure which sub-forum would be the best location for this, so I will place it here since it does address the Monochrom and printed image quality. I am planning to do more black and white work than I have been doing for the past year or so and am trying to determine which of the following methods will result in the best full frame (no cropping in post processing) printed image quality for large size prints. I did a forum search prior to starting this thread, but did not find any information that specifically addresses my questions. There are several routes to achieve this end; some are more difficult, time and labor intensive and/or costly than others. I want to stay with the M system as the foundation of making these prints. My intent is to produce gallery quality fine prints while using my M cameras and lenses. In thinking about this, my prime concern is this - I am concerned only with creating the ultimate in print quality that can be made at sizes of 14x20 inches or 16x24 inches. These parameters bring me to the following alternatives - A: M Monochrom 246 with inkjet printing B: M-P 240 black and white conversion in Lightroom with inkjet printing C: M-P 240 black white conversion in _____________ (pick a software program) with inkjet printing D: Film M camera negatives with traditional darkroom silver printing (pick a film emulsion and developer) E: Film M camera negatives scanned with inkjet printing (pick a film emulsion and developer) The above possibilities give rise to two questions - 1: Which of the above methods will best achieve my desired end result? 2: Is there a method that will achieve my end result better than the five above mentioned alternatives? Any insights on this issue and on these questions will be greatly appreciated. (Moderators, feel free to move this thread if there is a more appropriate place for it to be located).
Within the M system, If we want to make black and white prints we have the following options: Film M camera and film, M240/M-P conversion to B&W, M Monochrom version one and M Monochrom typ 246. I must admit that so far I have never seen a B&W print from the typ 246 fine print in real time, only on the web; it seems that M cameras of any kind in these parts (midwest USA) are only slightly more prevalent than unicorns. From what I can see online though, the image quality of typ 246 prints when created by a skilled printer is simply astounding; by all appearances, typ 246 prints look for all the world like they equal or exceed 4x5 inch prints made in a wet darkroom. I have shot a lot of B&W film in my M4-P and I still love that camera and the process of film photography. However, the typ 246 is a compelling camera in light of the printed image quality it produces (based on my limited observations) and other considerations such as a maximum ISO of 25,000 and the speed/convenience of digital shooting and printing. For those who own the typ 246 camera and make fine prints, can you provide some insight regarding printed image quality? Any thoughts on the process of printing from typ 246 image files will be greatly appreciated; is it best to shoot in compressed DNG mode or uncompressed DNG? Thanks in advance to any and all who reply. I am seriously considering acquiring a Monochrom 246 and will be grateful for any insight and thoughts shared.