Welcome to Monochrome Imaging Services

   Over 100 conversions and counting!

Specializing in the conversion of Sony mirror less cameras to monochrome (B&W) by removing the Color Filter Array (CFA) from the digital sensor, also known as sensor de-bayering. I can also convert these cameras to be sensitive to IR light, either Full Spectrum, or at a given wavelength of your choice. You can also opt for a bare sensor monochrome conversion for use with wide angle range finder lenses.

  Just finished converting the Sony a9 to monochrome. The first a9 Monochrome was finished recently, and it will be added to the list of cameras that can be converted here at Monochrome Imaging Services.

  I am proud to now offer conversion services for the Sony Mark II and Mark III series of cameras. I have converted both the a7R II, and the a7R III to monochrome. Sample images can be seen in the sample galleries menu above. I have also converted the RX1 series of cameras as well, and now the a9.

  Considering the Leica Monochrome? Don’t want to pay the heavy price? Consider this conversion as an alternative. You can use Leica lenses on these Sony cameras, and virtually any lens ever made will adapt. I call this the poor man’s Leica Monochrome. Please look through the Galleries and the Technical section to learn how well the conversion works.

  What are the benefits you should expect from using a converted camera?

  • Increased Resolution & Sensitivity, see HERE
  • The camera has a more film-like response; high ISO noise looks cleaner
  • The use of increased ISO with less objectionable effects

    Please note: the only minus you can expect from a conversion is that the Phase Detect AF no longer functions on the models that have that feature. But the Contrast Detect AF does continue to work. All other features continue to function as expected, such as focus peaking, the zebra function etc. 

  I convert APS-C and full-frame sensors of all resolutions. My recommended conversion is of the Sony a7R II. This model best mimics film’s tonal transitions with its high resolution 42.4 MP full-frame sensor. Want something that will do well in low light? go with the S model, or the a7 III.

  I have successfully converted the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6. If you would like to convert something other than a Sony, please see this page for more details about the process.

  I currently use the following cameras as demo units for the work on this site: NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-7, a7, a7R and a7R-II


“Camera arrived this afternoon – took a few IR photos handheld, ran them through Monochrome2DNG and was blown away by the results — thanks for doing such a great job.–Jonathan Sachs, a7R II(m)”
“The A7rII(m) is a sheer joy to use.  Even the humble old Olympus OM 50/1.8 is magical on it!” –Vivek Iyer
“I am very pleased. The photo looks silvery like film, and makes the image sharper.” –Antonius Widjaya, a7R II(m)
I am really glad I did not buy a Leica Monochrome now and I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of these A7(m) images.” –Gary Benson
“The camera is really brilliant.” –Robert Saltzman, a6300(m)
“Even my trickiest lens—a tiny 25mm rangefinder—is showing almost no distortion/smearing at the edges and corners. Amazing.”—Matthew O’Sullivan, a7 II(m) bare sensor

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Current Pricing (1-19-2020)

  • All Sony Full Frame Sensors ____ $1075
    • Standard series: 7, 7s, 7R
    • Mark II series: a7-II, a7s-II, a7R-II
    • Mark III series: a7-III, a7R-III
    • RX1 series: RX1, RX1R, RX1R II
  • Sony a9 ___ $1,200
  • All APS-C Sensors ____ $900
    • NEX series: 5, 5N, 5R, 5T, 6 & 7
    • alpha series: a5000, a5100, a6000, a6300 & a6500
  • Monochrome Options:
    • Fused Silica protective window for UV light ____ +$60
    • Sony R series IR cut filter w/o AA filter ____ +$100
    • Install selected wavelength IR filter over sensor ____ +$100
    • Bare sensor; no cover glass ____ No Cost
  • Color camera options:
    • Full spectrum IR conversion ____ $300
    • Select wavelength IR conversion ____ $400

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