Site Sponsors
Page 12 of 56 FirstFirst ... 2 10 11 12 13 14 22 ... LastLast
Results 551 to 600 of 2795

Thread: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

  1. #551
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Devon, UK
    Posts
    765
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Well, the DP2M seems to be on back order everywhere in the UK at the moment and not many stores normally stock Sigma cameras ...

    Lee

  2. #552
    Super Duper
    Senior Member
    Michiel Schierbeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Amsterdam/Normandy
    Posts
    3,914
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    762

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Mine will be delevered today but unfortunatly/fortunatly I am in Lisbon at the moment. Just one day to late to take it with me.
    So Sigma Benelux (Houten) has the DP2 M in stock I think.

    Michiel

  3. #553
    Senior Member Braeside's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Fife, Scotland (UK)
    Posts
    1,171
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Sigma in UK say that they expect new stock in the UK on 15th of this month.
    David Anderson

  4. #554
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    > I was one of the first to be infected but it now looks like the disease is unstoppable..

    Yes you spread the virus :-). There is now no hope for mankind anymore. The good news some are still not infected.
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com

  5. #555
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    778
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I don't know if I ever said this out loud but this idiot does think it is overpriced. What it does not offer ( interchangeable lenses, fast AF, fast recording, integrated EVF, easy post processing,....) makes it overpriced for me and it isn't even in my radar to elicit any interest to look up the possible vendors.
    Nah, it's not a Swiss army knife, that it is not. And as such it would be ridiculously overpriced. But it does one thing better, by country miles, than any other digital camera I ever had the privilege to upload files from, no matter the price
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  6. #556
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    12,724
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    40

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Ok, may be I should not have said anything about the price. Since I have ~ half a dozen (various brands/formats) digital cameras unused at the moment (after they have been quite used and some dismantled and used for experiments, etc), I want to make sure that the next camera I buy is very useful and won't sit around.

    Is the DP1/2M equipped with an electronic shutter?

    Someone has modified one DP with a M bayonet to make it an interchangeable lens cam (Original source is in the thread): Sigma DP1 modification - Chinese translation help needed

  7. #557
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    889
    Post Thanks / Like
    ___________________
    Po-Ming Chu
    POPHOTO

  8. #558
    Senior Member Quentin_Bargate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Saffron Walden, UK
    Posts
    1,803
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    58

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Ok, may be I should not have said anything about the price. Since I have ~ half a dozen (various brands/formats) digital cameras unused at the moment (after they have been quite used and some dismantled and used for experiments, etc), I want to make sure that the next camera I buy is very useful and won't sit around.

    Is the DP1/2M equipped with an electronic shutter?

    Someone has modified one DP with a M bayonet to make it an interchangeable lens cam (Original source is in the thread): Sigma DP1 modification - Chinese translation help needed
    Daft idea. Do that with a Merrill and you'd be turning a great camera in to just another ordinary one. I have plenty of those already...

    Quentin
    Quentin Bargate
    Co-Founder of Ajuve, Director of Bargate Murray, Law Firm of the Year 2012 - 2016, Photographer
    Likes 3 Member(s) liked this post

  9. #559
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    107
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Alas, all Sigma DP cameras have shutters in the lens unlike the ones they made for NEX. I've discussed that when DP2M was announced with Luis from
    SIGMA CUM LAUDE, and he rather quickly brought me back to the reality of life. That DP1 mod made in China used a makeshift shutter placed in front of a lens, if I remember it correctly.
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  10. #560
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    12,724
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    40

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by vdeakin View Post
    Alas, all Sigma DP cameras have shutters in the lens unlike the ones they made for NEX. I've discussed that when DP2M was announced with Luis from
    SIGMA CUM LAUDE, and he rather quickly brought me back to the reality of life. That DP1 mod made in China used a makeshift shutter placed in front of a lens, if I remember it correctly.
    Thanks for your post.

  11. #561
    Senior Member Quentin_Bargate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Saffron Walden, UK
    Posts
    1,803
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    58

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quentin Bargate
    Co-Founder of Ajuve, Director of Bargate Murray, Law Firm of the Year 2012 - 2016, Photographer
    Likes 5 Member(s) liked this post

  12. #562
    Senior Member peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
    Posts
    489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    18

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Been really enjoying the DP2M (Quentin your four-word review was so spot on!). Alas the weather has not been all that cooperative. Here's some early examples.

    Like everyone else here I am astounded by the detail. And while the software is a drag it's not impossible to work with. Essentially I set sharpness to -1.5 and NR to 0, save as 16-bit tiffs and then complete in LR for any further tweaks.

    The camera is very solidly built. And feels good in the hand. And I don't find the AF too much of a problem in low-light situations. Like the manual recommends I just look for a higher contrast object similarly distanced from my subject. It's not lightning fast but the camera does lock on well. Ideal for my deliberate style of shooting. Even some moving subjects can be anticipated and focused on. You just don't get the 'edge' with a sure-fire PDAF to keep firing away in order to get that money shot. But...if Bresson managed to get spectacular street captures with his early Leica who am I to complain?

    I plan to do some test prints this weekend at Penn Camera in DC to see just how large a print I can get away with with this thing. Should be interesting. I think a pixel-peeping 30" x 45" may actually be possible. We'll see.

    Accessory wise, I'm using the Sigma VF which I've done tests to get a better feel for where the center of AF is vs. distance and view is in the VF so I won't have to rely on chomping techniques. I also got Sigma's AML-2 CU lens which, by the way, is quite good. The third shot of the raised circular logo of Cobra at this weekly Saturday morning classic car gathering I stumbled upon was taken with that. I have some other shots of engine innards and details also came out rather well.

    I found a great bag from an outdoors company here called Eastern Mountain Sports (their small travel belt bag). Like big bulky cameras I hate big bulky bags and just want to keep it light. (I avoided DSLR's for years mainly because of their bulk and obtrusiveness until Panasonic's G1 appeared which I've been using along with their superb 20mm f1.7 until now.) Also am getting the Milich grip for added mass and stability.

    Finally I may have figured out a way to provide 8000 maH of power so I won't have to keep swapping out batteries every 110 shots. Basically I am getting 3 1.2v 8000 maH rechargeable "D" sized batteries from RadioShack along with a Lexmar charger and a battery holder. Then soldering on a connector that will attach to Sigma's SAC-5 'dummy' battery connector (which would normally connect with a plug-in power supply for extended indoor shooting). If it works, I'll be happy to share my jury rigging with everyone!

    Anyway, I apologize for the somewhat droll subject matter and promise to provide some much better material in the future. (I guess like everyone else here I just HAD to shoot something). But I couldn't be happier with this cam. Some shots taken in nearby Old Greenwich, Ct. (Note: one thing this web site doesn't let you fully appreciate--probably a problem with my general membership--is that in the shot of Grand Central taken last Friday at night while en-route to Maryland you can ACTUALLY see the ticks of the clock at the information booth! The 30mm lens is THAT good!)

    Thanks for looking.

    P
    Last edited by peterb; 18th November 2012 at 22:53.
    Life is an infinite series of moments called..."now".
    My job is to capture them.
    Likes 6 Member(s) liked this post

  13. #563
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Peter: Very nice introductory set, in particular 1,2,3: Exquisite taste 7,8: Lovely!
    ___________________
    Po-Ming Chu
    POPHOTO
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  14. #564
    Senior Member Quentin_Bargate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Saffron Walden, UK
    Posts
    1,803
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    58

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Looks like you already have the hang of the Sigma there, Peter...nice first shots!
    Quentin Bargate
    Co-Founder of Ajuve, Director of Bargate Murray, Law Firm of the Year 2012 - 2016, Photographer

  15. #565
    Senior Member peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
    Posts
    489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    18

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Thank you Po! Really liked your website! (Mine's currently down for the moment as I am re-tooling for a totally new concept.) Your shots are spectacular The shots of Maui brought back some superb memories of a trip there with my wife three years ago. Now I want to go back to the North Shore in Paia with this little camera in tow.

    Also many thanks to you as well, Quentin! The shots you've posted here have been nothing but inspirational (and ultimately, expensive) for me.

    I find the camera a delight to use. Reminds me of the M6 I reluctantly sold off (along with my lenses) when Leica SWORE there was no way they could create a digital version of their famous design. Water under the bridge.

    This camera is a whole new ball game. Very fluid once you set up the Q menus to your tastes. And the buffer is fine. With practice using the OVF I hope to just shoot away as I did with the film M. Generally I'll shoot at ISO 100-200 in color. ISO 400 to 800 in BW. (Even with the noise I've found BW images have a certain romantic film-like quality to them. Although if a great color snap at ISO 100-200 would look better in BW I'm all for it. Some of the utterly creamy smooth tonality I've seen in the BW examples are totally sublime.)
    Life is an infinite series of moments called..."now".
    My job is to capture them.

  16. #566
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Peter, thank you for your kind words, how embarrassing! I keep the site to motivate me to do more photography, but with a two year and another on the way, it's bit difficult to find the time to sneak out, so most shots are just family time!

    From the LL review, I'm still too Pu$$y to try out the camera, I'll let you real men to keep inspiring me for now, and may bite the bullet come 2013, but who knows, maybe a DP3M on the horizon.

    Anyhow no excuses for any of you since you guys (You know who you are) have shown how quickly you have warmed up to the camera! I really want to see how it does with longer exposures (moving clouds, misty waters) and perhaps with ND on the front, if there are any color artifacts (funky colors) to be seen!

    Thanks
    Po
    ___________________
    Po-Ming Chu
    POPHOTO

  17. #567
    Senior Member peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
    Posts
    489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    18

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Po,

    I think Reichman might have scared off a lot of people with his comments. The camera is actually pretty easy to use. I prefer Aperture Priority as I simply keep the aperture at f2.8 or f5.6 (depending on the scene) and let the camera do the rest. Pre-set functions for the AE-lock (either just exposure or just AF or both) allow you additional flexibility so you can quickly get focus and exposure down before composing (or lying in wait for your victim if that's the case).

    The AF, as I mentioned, seems to work well enough to get a pre-focus and lock (along with exposure) ready to fire when the 'decisive' moment hits. Or just aim, focus and press using the general or center-weighted metering. And unless you do most of your shooting in gritty night venues I'd dare say most of the time the camera will suit most people's needs.


    The much-ballyhooed software isn't all that hard either. For the most part you can just dial down the sharpening (most reviewers say the camera is so sharp that you might want to do this and have recommended a setting somewhere between -0.8 and -2.0 depending on your tastes) and 'save' and 'name' the parameter. Then, unless you don't open the software and attach the camera, fish around it's memory like you would any flash drive or external drive and drag the image files to your computer, when you attach the camera to the computer the software finds the files in the camera and will do an automatic conversion from the peculiar Foveon Raw Files to either 16 or 8 bit tiffs or jogs (whichever you prefer) in your pre-saved setting.

    Ready for a final tweak (if even necessary) in LR, Photoshop or even Photoshop elements. LR is a nice program because you can quickly do minor tweaks and export them. The exposure is so good most of the time that tweaks really aren't all that necessary. Maybe a slight adjustment of spot exposure on a curve but that's it. (I know it sounds like a lot but in actuality it isn't!)

    The chief complaint is ISO speed. I guess having used the Lumix G1 which had such horrible reports of 'noise' beyond ISO 400 I just got used to shooting at lower ISOs. The slower f2.8 lens does take some getting used to as what might have been handheld for me earlier begins to push the limit of shake. And with this camera's uber high sharpness you want to keep shake to a bare minimum. An investment in a good lightweight table or full standing tripod wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Interestingly enough, a lot of the better DSLR zooms are f2.8. Maybe they got away with things because their sensors could handle noise better at higher ISOs but they are, essentially, no different in the speed dept.

    And speaking of zooms, while this is a fixed lens camera, ironically, with the high clarity and enlargability of files, you don't need a zoom to attain a sizable print by merely cropping. You just sacrifice ultimate size. (So instead of printing something at 40" x 60" you print a cropped shot at 20 x 30". Would that be so bad?) And stitching as Quentin Bargate has shown in some of his amazing shots is a way to have a good wide angle without having one.

    Be not afraid.
    Life is an infinite series of moments called..."now".
    My job is to capture them.
    Likes 4 Member(s) liked this post

  18. #568
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    A bit north of Copenhagen
    Posts
    1,262
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    459

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    [QUOTE=scho;456581]A few more shots from DC with the DP2M and DP1M.
    The Weiwei installation at the Hirschhorn
    White House. Note tripod with binoculars on roof. An SS agent was up there scanning the crowd just after I took this shot.
    WWII Memorial at night. Hand held, but braced on a railing.
    Discovery at Air/Space Museum. Can still see burn marks form last re-entry.
    Enola Gay. B-29 bomber that dropped first A bomb at Hiroshima.
    QUOTE]

    Carl, I must say the DP1M is doing a really good job there!, and right, it looks very film-like.
    Thorkil

  19. #569
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    [QUOTE=Thorkil;456921]
    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    A few more shots from DC with the DP2M and DP1M.
    The Weiwei installation at the Hirschhorn
    White House. Note tripod with binoculars on roof. An SS agent was up there scanning the crowd just after I took this shot.
    WWII Memorial at night. Hand held, but braced on a railing.
    Discovery at Air/Space Museum. Can still see burn marks form last re-entry.
    Enola Gay. B-29 bomber that dropped first A bomb at Hiroshima.
    QUOTE]

    Carl, I must say the DP1M is doing a really good job there!, and right, it looks very film-like.
    Thorkil
    Thanks Thorkil. Yes, the DP1M performed well in the city environment.
    Carl
    Gallery

  20. #570
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    We are finally getting a little fall color, although not that vibrant. Here are a few from today's gorge walk. All with DP2M, tripod, and processed using "landscape" color mode in SPP. I usually use "neutral", but felt the dark, overcast light needed a little Velvia treatment. I think it may be a little too punchy still. Most gorge shots are two shot stitches. The "LARGER" images ar reduced 50% from original size.


    LARGER


    LARGER


    LARGER


    LARGER


    LARGER


    LARGER


    LARGER
    Carl
    Gallery
    Likes 8 Member(s) liked this post

  21. #571
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Color casts in DP2M images. On bright surfaces I often can see magenta and greenish color casts. Was it discussed before and what is the cause? Any best practices?
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com

  22. #572
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots













    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com
    Likes 9 Member(s) liked this post

  23. #573
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    A bit north of Copenhagen
    Posts
    1,262
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    459

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Lovely pictures Carl, and nice melancholic mood with overcast! But clicking at "original" the original size turns up anyway I guess?
    Thorkil

  24. #574
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorkil View Post
    Lovely pictures Carl, and nice melancholic mood with overcast! But clicking at "original" the original size turns up anyway I guess?
    Thorkil
    Thanks Thorkil. No, "original" in pbase is just the 50% image that I uploaded.
    Last edited by scho; 5th October 2012 at 07:09.
    Carl
    Gallery
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  25. #575
    New Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    18
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    A few from a morning spent Ballooning in Napa, CA. Full sized versions (which are awesome in detail) at picabroad.com

    As others point out, keep it at 100-200 asa in natural daylight and it's on a par with my D800 or M9 with the very best glass.

    My poor OM-D, even with the Olympus 75mm 1.8 is just not in the same league.





    Cy

    http://picabroad.com/
    Likes 9 Member(s) liked this post

  26. #576
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots







    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com
    Likes 8 Member(s) liked this post

  27. #577
    Senior Member Quentin_Bargate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Saffron Walden, UK
    Posts
    1,803
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    58

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Mmmmmmmm...
    Quentin Bargate
    Co-Founder of Ajuve, Director of Bargate Murray, Law Firm of the Year 2012 - 2016, Photographer

  28. #578
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    84
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    29

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Slowly coming to terms with SPP







    Likes 2 Member(s) liked this post

  29. #579
    acarlay
    Guest

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots





    Likes 6 Member(s) liked this post

  30. #580
    Senior Member biglouis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,939
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    There is so much good stuff here, I don't know where to start.

    Peter, the shot in Grand Central station is a good place to start. Awesome. I bet that would print up large and be a great photograph to look at again and again. You'd probably discover something new each time!

    The aerial shot from the balloon is also amazing. Clarity and colours are awesome.

    The shots inside the gorge showing the autumns colours are another highlight.

    Uwe and Quentin's careful studies are also great work.

    If I've left anyone out, sorry, not intentional

    What comes across again and again is the clarity, colouration and detail in the shots.

    On handling, I think the simpler user interface is a benefit. One of things I always liked about my M8 was that you couldn't really get lost in the menus. Likewise with this camera. The Quick menu is particularly useful and simple to use, or at least I find it so. My only gripe is that I find the body a pleasing shape but slippery.

    Actually, the light weight is also an issue. I think this adds to camera shake rather than reduces it (or maybe I really am getting too old).

    I think I need to view this as the first digital 'film' camera. The results are very filmic.
    I have been treating using it like a film camera. iso100-160 wherever possible, iso400 where you have to, iso800 where the shot itself will be worthwhile despite the noise. I can't recall ever working above iso800 with film because the colour film stocks sort-of maxed out at that level (my favourite being Fuji 800Z <sigh> I wish they would reintroduce that).

    The sharpness of all shots I've taken is remarkable. Actually, it is amazing, even unbelievable in some shots. I've seen it and I don't believe it. Keep waiting for the gotcha.

    LouisB

    PS I think I'll head for Liverpool Street station on Monday in the rush hour and try a similar shot!
    Last edited by biglouis; 5th October 2012 at 13:10.
    -----
    My new book "Whitechapel in 50 BUildings", Flikr Stream, www.louisberk.com
    Likes 2 Member(s) liked this post

  31. #581
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    There is so much good stuff here, I don't know where to start.

    Peter, the shot in Grand Central station is a good place to start. Awesome. I bet that would print up large and be a great photograph to look at again and again. You'd probably discover something new each time!

    The aerial shot from the balloon is also amazing. Clarity and colours are awesome.

    The shots inside the gorge showing the autumns colours are another highlight.

    Uwe and Quentin's careful studies are also great work.

    If I've left anyone out, sorry, not intentional

    What comes across again and again is the clarity, colouration and detail in the shots.

    On handling, I think the simpler user interface is a benefit. One of things I always liked about my M8 was that you couldn't really get lost in the menus. Likewise with this camera. The Quick menu is particularly useful and simple to use, or at least I find it so. My only gripe is that I find the body a pleasing shape but slippery.

    Actually, the light weight is also an issue. I think this adds to camera shake rather than reduces it (or maybe I really am getting too old).

    I think I need to view this as the first digital 'film' camera. The results are very filmic.
    I have been treating using it like a film camera. iso100-160 wherever possible, iso400 where you have to, iso800 where the shot itself will be worthwhile despite the noise. I can't recall ever working above iso800 with film because the colour film stocks sort-of maxed out at that level (my favourite being Fuji 800Z <sigh> I wish they would reintroduce that).

    The sharpness of all shots I've taken is remarkable. Actually, it is amazing, even unbelievable in some shots. I've seen it and I don't believe it. Keep waiting for the gotcha.

    LouisB
    Agree Louis and I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this is not a dream. I usually have the DP Merrill on a small tripod when shooting landscapes to get the maximum sharpness available from this little wonder and it does make a difference with this camera - at least for oldies like me.
    Carl
    Gallery

  32. #582
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    So far all our shots were handheld (also an oldie).

    Short note on my workflow with the DP2M:

    http://www.outbackphoto.net/news/201...raw-files.html
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  33. #583
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    So far all our shots were handheld (also an oldie).

    Short note on my workflow with the DP2M:

    http://www.outbackphoto.net/news/201...raw-files.html
    I don't think that you really qualify for "Oldie" status yet Uwe and you live in sunny CA - not the gloomy, dark NE.
    Carl
    Gallery

  34. #584
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    >qualify for "Oldie" status yet

    Where does this start?
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com

  35. #585
    Senior Member peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
    Posts
    489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    18

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Louis, thank you for your kind words. Regarding film, I totally agree. I rarely used anything above ISO 400. When I hear the complaints of noise at 1600, 3200 and higher I have to laugh. Does anyone realize that just a mere decade ago shooting (or pushing) film at those levels resulted in images that had little silver boulders embedded in them. And that was BW. Color at anything over 800 (and that was pushing it even with Kodak's vaunted T-grain technology) was a HORROR show.

    The camera is indeed very simple. I don't find the weight disconcerting. And in fact am now about to add 90 grams of machined aluminum in the form of milich's specially designed grip for the DP2 M.

    But..with the clarity of this mini-beast you've got to make sure you're rock steady. With this sensor/lens combo it is most unforgiving. Tomorrow I'm picking up Manfrotto's neat little mono-pod (Model #682b) with mini 'legs' so I'll always have an easy to set up stable platform when shooting. For a DSLR it would be just barely stable in a pinch for a little guy like the DP2 M/DP1 M it's a no brainer. An easy to carry support you can rapidly set up and take down with minimal fuss to get that stable shot.

    Uwe, I saw the workflow from your site. Good stuff! (Along with your terrific images that I've long admired on all of the threads here!)

    P
    Life is an infinite series of moments called..."now".
    My job is to capture them.

  36. #586
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    First off, I want to say to you all who have contributed to this thread is that:
    "I hate you all," harsh words I know, it doesn't get any better from here on out:
    "All of the shots on this thread are attention seeking, self-serving, focused on details (no pun intended)"..... You wanna know the truth...truth is, I have caved in, cancelled my RX1 order and ordered the DP2M.

    WHY, oh why! Why this insanity, look at what you all have done to me.

    Words to Quentin B. (For starting all of this) only: I don't hate you, I loathe you!

    I wake up in a cold sweat after nightmares of the DP2M, with my credit card suffocating me, as I pull free to draw air, gasp, it's too late. Bright light from my laptop shining straight at me...."Sigma Receipt Order Number #******."
    Not even a Thank you! Just "Please come again!"
    -End-
    ___________________
    Po-Ming Chu
    POPHOTO
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  37. #587
    Senior Member biglouis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,939
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Peter

    A coincidence but I also have the lightweight (1Kg) small Manfrotto tripod on order (actually it has shipped and I should have it on Monday). Along with another spare battery, the lens hood and 49mm UV filter.

    Are there any pictures of the Milich grip? I used to buy his wonderful adapters for my CV thread lens, so I know how good his work is.

    LouisB

  38. #588
    Senior Member Amin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Posts
    1,807
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by pophoto View Post
    You wanna know the truth...truth is, I have caved in, cancelled my RX1 order and ordered the DP2M.
    Doesn't that mean that the good folks in this thread have saved you a lot of money?
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  39. #589
    Senior Member Amin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Posts
    1,807
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    We are finally getting a little fall color, although not that vibrant. Here are a few from today's gorge walk. All with DP2M, tripod, and processed using "landscape" color mode in SPP. I usually use "neutral", but felt the dark, overcast light needed a little Velvia treatment. I think it may be a little too punchy still. Most gorge shots are two shot stitches. The "LARGER" images ar reduced 50% from original size.
    Lovely series, Carl. There is a stunning amount of detail in those "LARGER" versions!

  40. #590
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    I like the discussion on good and light tripods. Keep it coming (with links please). Finally a P&S camera that deserves a tripod.

    We use this for freehand shooting for iPhone/DP2M and more:

    http://www.outbackphoto.net/news/201...g-the-lcd.html

    Actually special thanks to Quentin for starting this thread with great images.
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com
    Likes 2 Member(s) liked this post

  41. #591
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Peter

    A coincidence but I also have the lightweight (1Kg) small Manfrotto tripod on order (actually it has shipped and I should have it on Monday). Along with another spare battery, the lens hood and 49mm UV filter.

    Are there any pictures of the Milich grip? I used to buy his wonderful adapters for my CV thread lens, so I know how good his work is.

    LouisB
    Yes, here.

    Looks the same as the grip for the OMD. Just sent my order into John today.
    Carl
    Gallery

  42. #592
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Amin View Post
    Lovely series, Carl. There is a stunning amount of detail in those "LARGER" versions!
    Thanks Amin. Yes, amazing camera for landscape shooting. I was posting full size originals, but the files are too big when dealing with stitched images so I reduced them by 50% (long edge) in LR before exporting the jpegs.
    Carl
    Gallery

  43. #593
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    >qualify for "Oldie" status yet

    Where does this start?
    I guess it depends mostly on your health, but in my case it started with shaky hands a couple of years ago. You seem to have found a a nice solution for stable handheld shooting with the custom grip setup. I could have used something like that on my recent DC trip, although the security around the monuments and museums was as tough as in the airports and they might not have let me in with the grip.
    Carl
    Gallery

  44. #594
    Contributing Editor ustein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    3,658
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    The grip is expensive though :-) at $6.35 with free shipping. Could hardly afford one after getting the DP2M.
    Uwe Steinmueller
    -------------------

    Editor&Owner of Digital Outback Photo
    http://www.outbackphoto.com

  45. #595
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    889
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Amin View Post
    Doesn't that mean that the good folks in this thread have saved you a lot of money?
    Absolutely!
    ___________________
    Po-Ming Chu
    POPHOTO

  46. #596
    Senior Member Quentin_Bargate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Saffron Walden, UK
    Posts
    1,803
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    58

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Get a grip, Uwe (sorry, bad pun)

    I have a $30k Hasselblad gathering dust, thanks to Sigma.

    My lightweight Induro A014 tripod, levelling head and Nodal Ninja 3 MkII combo is the perfect travelling pano tool (by pano, I include of course stitchig just a few shots, not 360 degree stuff). I hope to have more time to use this soon. an external battery adapter would be great.

    I think Sigma should cancel their own DPM website and simply link to this thread.

    Quentin
    Quentin Bargate
    Co-Founder of Ajuve, Director of Bargate Murray, Law Firm of the Year 2012 - 2016, Photographer
    Likes 2 Member(s) liked this post

  47. #597
    Senior Member peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
    Posts
    489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    18

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post

    I think Sigma should cancel their own DPM website and simply link to this thread.

    Quentin
    Ha! Now I'm onto you, Bargate! Your fiendishly clever plan all along was to show us rubes what utterly jaw-dropping images you can make with this so you could get a commission for all of Sigma's successful sales!

    Brilliant!
    Life is an infinite series of moments called..."now".
    My job is to capture them.
    Likes 1 Member(s) liked this post

  48. #598
    Senior Member biglouis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,939
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    I think Sigma should cancel their own DPM website and simply link to this thread.

    Quentin
    I hate this phrase but I really did LOL (and I don't mean the Cameron interpretation)

    LouisB

  49. #599
    Senior Member biglouis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,939
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Top of Primrose Hill, today. iso100 f8 1/320

    When I opened this up in Sigma Photo Pro it really was a FM moment.



    I also thought you might want to link to the original sized file just to see the detail and the amazing microcontrast. You can actually see through windows on the top of the BT Tower and I am fairly certain that 747 is a British Airways plane.

    Be warned this is a 10MB file (80% jpg compression)

    LouisB
    -----
    My new book "Whitechapel in 50 BUildings", Flikr Stream, www.louisberk.com
    Likes 8 Member(s) liked this post

  50. #600
    Super Duper
    Senior Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Ithaca, NY
    Posts
    3,338
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Top of Primrose Hill, today. iso100 f8 1/320

    When I opened this up in Sigma Photo Pro it really was a FM moment.

    I also thought you might want to link to the original sized file just to see the detail and the amazing microcontrast. You can actually see through windows on the top of the BT Tower and I am fairly certain that 747 is a British Airways plane.

    Be warned this is a 10MB file (80% jpg compression)

    LouisB
    Beautiful image Louis with a fantastic sky and that great Foveon detail. A bit less sharpening and a little shadow fill light in SPP would be my only suggestions for improvement.
    Carl
    Gallery

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •