Yes, the pictures that come strait out of the Leica Monochrome are good. Perfect even. But… just like with film I find them somewhat flat, grey. So I still use silver efex pro 2 to give them contrast, some punch, burn a little, dodge a little or even add vignetting because that’s something my Summicron 35mm doesn’t give on its own.
In Lightroom I don’t really have to do a lot… maybe sometimes pull a picture up a little, as I tend to under expose a lot of my pictures. As the Monochrom is really good in the shadows, but your screwed if you make a over exposed picture. And when I shoot at night with 6400 ISO or higher I do use the noise reduction tool with complete satisfaction.
Anyway, here’s something I don’t do a lot, just because I like to show you what I saw when I took the picture. ( taking the picture I’ve already converted it to B&W and put it through post process in my head.) But to show you what I do, here goes!