Who the heck buys a camera that only shoots black-and-white?

Leica M11 Monochrom
(Image credit: Leica)

I know that black-and-white cameras are a thing. And I know that they aren't a new thing. But what I don't know is exactly who is buying these things. 

In case you've somehow missed this phenomenon, there is an entire category of cameras that literally only shoot black-and-white photographs (and black-and-white video). And you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is the niche of the niche, but this year there have been not one but two brand new black-and-white cameras launched: the Leica M11 Monochrom and the Pentax K-3 Mark III Monochrome

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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.