I had planned to buy a Q2 Monochrom over the standard Leica Q2. I love shooting mono, have other cameras for colour work and the Q2M offers better low light performance and a bit more detail from its sensor. The “pure mono” experience appeals to me.
It is apparent from other forum posts that DXO will never support mono sensors because prime noise reduction uses colour information to work its magic. That being the case, unless I am to ditch Photolab (don’t want to do that) I may as well buy the standard Leica Q2 - Deep Prime probably compensates for the 1-2 stops highest ISO noise advantage of the Q2M. Additionally the colour sensor gives the benefit of choosing a colour filter effect in post, rather than committing to a screw-in filter whilst shooting. I currently develop my colour raw files in Photolab, do local adjustments and then send a tiff to Silver FX.
Thoughts anyone? Have I missed anything obvious? Anyone in the forum with a Q2M using other software?