Samsung B&W Samsung NX

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
123
"achromatic" ?

Achromatic describes how a lens behaves.

It's not a synonym of "monochromatic".

These people are idiots
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
124
bart
^:laugh1:
So far I never associated Samsung with catering to really specific enthusiast niches, but after the NX1, why not? Still I'll have to see it before I believe it!
 

Iansky

All-Pro
Dec 8, 2011
123
Cotswolds, UK
Another company trying to emulate Leica by producing a monochromatic sensored camera.

Without being rude to any quarter, I do find production of monochromatic only sensors a gimmick and I understand that Leica did this to hopefully generate more interest and in turn revenue for a brand that is fast becoming an outdated limited appendage for the well healed (I am not being jealous as I have owned and used professionally many Leica analogue rangefinders and loved them - my experience with Leica Digital M's was a catalogue of faults that required too much time away for repair).

I am surprised though that Samsung feel there is a viable revenue generating market for monochrome sensored cameras especially when RAW files can produce stunning B&W images and the true B&W afficionados tend to use either analogue or larger sensored units.

It will be interesting to see what comes of this.
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
they could avoid a lot of confusion by just calling it a black and white camera. The only photographic context where I have heard the word achromatic used is in discussing lens elements. I also don't think Samsung will do it.
 

ReD

Hall of Famer
Mar 27, 2013
123
Been Googling this subject - it has quite a history

Achromatic can be justified use, but it does seems to be stretching it a bit

Monochrome is a common word especially in its artistic use, & no company should have a right to trademark or copyright it or exclude others from using it
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
124
bart
Without being rude to any quarter, I do find production of monochromatic only sensors a gimmick
Well, there are several undeniable advantages to having a monochrome sensor; mainly the increased sensitivity (RGB sensors by definition throw away at least 2/3 of the incoming light) and sharpness (no demosaicing necessary should give the same kind of pixel level sharpness as Foveon sensors, which at APSC size are often compared to medium format for resolution). Ofcourse both of those advantages can also be attained by waiting 3 or 4 years until regular bayer / RGB sensors have improved the same amount, but still, at any point in time, the advantages are there.
 

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