Hmm... I tnink the car image works very well, and the soft tonality suits the subject, but the headshot doesn't (at least on my calibration of my monitor). It bears the same 'flatness' of a pulled wet print that seems also to accompany several of the shots posted on LuLa to display the glories and virtuosity of the mono Leica M.
IMO, at least, and I'm regularly mistaken.
You are perfectly spot on and you are not mistaken. Since I have the DP2 is try to find settings who give me exactly what output in raw the Leica MM. This is not that easy but I think I'm pretty close as you mention it
When I was SIGMA evangelist, back in the day (
), I wanted to make a special post and comparison between the MM and the DP2m, because for me, the ultimate B&W machine is the DP2m.
Today I just show my experiments (only the car is a recent shoot) and stopped playing with my "MM settings".
The DP2 Merrill is a Chameleon !