"Are you honestly ignorant?" Turns out people REALLY like B&W cameras

Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome
(Image credit: Ricoh Imaging)

Last week, I pondered the existence of cameras that only capture images in black-and-white – and asked who actually purchases them. Well, you folks certainly had some responses to that.

Famously, Leica specializes in these cameras – with the new Leica M11 Monochrom being its latest, $9,000 mono body. Almost concurrently, Ricoh dropped the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome at $2,200. And they're not alone; everyone from Phase One to Red to Ilford makes black-and-white cameras of some variety, costing all the way up to $50,000. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.