I still can’t get over the Leica M Monochrom, the only $8,000 black and white only camera on the market. $8k without a lens.
Over on the podcast, where we take great pride in our contempt for good audio technique, I talked about a trick I’ve been using with my Fuji X100 for black and white photography. One of the big problems when shooting black and white is that you’re seeing in color. Some extreme black and white photographers back in the day would carry around a monochrome viewing filter that would reduce saturation so they could see closer to what the shot would look like without all the color in the world. The Fuji cameras do something better. You can set the electronic viewfinder to black and white.
Shots that seemed bland before come to life and your ability to make creative compositions goes up. I was in a large room lit by fluorescents, the kind of lighting that just strips the life out of color, but when I looked through in black and white it opened up. Then I was seeing the lines, the shapes, the scale of the room and the people in it.
Things were fresh again.