Interesting comment Paul.
I've been thinking about getting a Monochrom (CCD)and have been wondering what the B&W image quality difference might be compared to the M8?
I could certainly use the higher ISO capability.
The CCD Monochrom will certainly give you noise free images as of course will the M8.
To me and I emphasise in my opinion and others may differ completely I still think that the M8/M8.2 gives a better B&W image. This is based on the intangible feel of the image and I think that the M8 has a better feel than a Monochrom image.
I though am coming from a film based past and especially Kodak TRI-X which has always been my "go-to" film because I like the grain and the feel of a TRI-X image over say a FP4 image - so maybe I am not the best to recommend either camera!
I always put images from either camera through Silver FX Pro and add the TRI-X or AGFA APX film simulation and even after identical PP I actually prefer the M8 look.
Resolution wise, the CCD Monochrom is awesome if you pixel peep but for normal usage I think that you would be hard pushed to tell the two images apart. You can though really crop a Monochrom image and still maintain very high quality.
This is not to say that the Monochrom is an inferior camera as that would be ridiculous as my assessment is based on my personal taste and I know that others put a lot of emphasis on grain free images whereas I like grain!
With regard to the crop factor - I find that my favourite lens on the M8 is my Type 3 28mm Elmarit that gives a very nice 35mm view (OK 37mm) that really works well on this camera. I also use a Type 1 non rangefinder coupled Voigtlander 15mm which along with a 21mm viewfinder gives an excellent 21mm lens without any red edges. Can't recommend the little Voigtlander enough - it is a superb aspherical lens and when used on the M8 there is non of the unfortunate red edges as you would get on a full frame Leica digital - especially the M9 where to me the lens is not really usable as I don't like cornerfix and have never quite "got on" with it.
I'll try and post some comparison shots but I'm typing this on a Mac that I don't store any images on so I'll have to fire another one up to add the post!
Edited by paulmac, 22 July 2016 - 19:56.