Seriously uncompromising is the easiest way to describe the new Leica M-Monochrom, the first full-frame, 35 mm format digital camera designed exclusively for black-and-white photography. The body is shared by the M9, the flagship camera that extends the Leica legend into the digital domain, while the B&W sensor is completely new. By not having to deal with processing colour, an incredible new level of detail is made available—the 18MP sensor delivers twice the sharpness of the colour equivalent. Sepia, cold and selenium toning effects, characteristic of B&W film, are a button touch away. The M-Monochrom comes with a full version of Silver Efex Pro 2, the leading black-and-white editing software, as well as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Custom printing is available through Whitewall, for prints that are virtually indistinguishable from film. Hardcore photographic gear for about $8,000.