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    This similar to my experience with the DP2M for landscape work. It seems to revel in complex patterns like the trees and city skyline in your picture. Personally, I still prefer my MF film for most work but if I have to admit that I feel considerably more confident about printing 20x30 from the DP2M than my scanned 6x6 frames.

    An excellent picture in any case.

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    Just thought I would share my multi-row pano setup with my DP2M. It's WAY overkill for this camera but it works! Mounted on my Acratech GP ballhead attached inversely so it can be used as a rotator.

    Just got the RRS DP2M L-plate last Friday but haven't had a chance to play with it yet...it's typical Really Right Stuff, nicely made etc. Can't wait to get out and get some images so I can try out the latest Autopano Giga 3 update...

    Last edited by neilvan; 11th December 2012 at 16:16.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Thanks Louis & Kirk. I agree about the fine detail. It is also apparent when photographing material and I am convinced it is because there is no aliasing or artifacts caused by Bayer interpolation as the sensor approaches the limits of its resolution. Add to that the extra accutance from the absence of an AA filter and you get a very different outcome that initially comes as a shock. the trees in the Kiev shot are an example of this and it is quite addictive.

    Heck of a pano set-up there Neil. Makes mine look anaemic in comparison, but it is small enough to carry everywhere
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    It actually packs up rather tidily, it breaks down easily and slips into a side pocket of my backpack. I will not do a lot of multi-row panos with the DP2M so I will just need to take the nodal slide along with me...
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    After using the new Leica for about a month straight, I finally took the DP2M back out again. Very refreshing to see all of that wonderful, crisp detail again in landscape images. Still my favorite camera.





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    Sunset in the harbour.
    At the same time I did take shots with the Sony NEX-7. No comparison!
    I am spoiled now.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    One more from yesterday.

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    A few from my second home:
    Lugano/Melide, Switzerland

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    Radically cropped first post with my new DP2M. When there is no telephoto the camera works well anyway. I spent the morning at the Marina and Venice canals in LA just after the rain. Birds were out on this beautifully clear day.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
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    Another crop from Marina Del Rey,CA

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    Keeping with the harbor them and just shooting hand held. It was cold and windy so I bumped ISO up to 200 for the higher shutter speed with all the masts moving.


    ISO 200 1/500 F7.1 NO corrections. Auto focused on the bow of the Star Wonder.

    100% Crops





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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    These two cameras travel everywhere with me. Neoprene pouches make it so I can throw them into my messenger bag and haul them out at appropriate times.

    Here are some textures...






    A couple at the arena...






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    Completely forgot about the actual pictures these cameras can take because of the exitement in the comparison thread.

    Thank you Shashin

    Here in France the weather is miserable, no chance to use a camera.

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    A Harbour symmetry.

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    Rich - amazing set of photographs - the last one (your son?) on the horse should be in the Sigma DP2M brochure!

    Michiel - the twilight harbour shots are wonderful. Suprising as well, given that the sensor does not in my experience reproduce great colours in low light.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Thanks Louis.....

    Here are two more.





    The second picture cries out for fill flash.

    I find that in harsh lighting conditions such as these, SPP offers some good highlight recovery and fill light options, but the DR here is hard to overcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    The second picture cries out for fill flash.

    I find that in harsh lighting conditions such as these, SPP offers some good highlight recovery and fill light options, but the DR here is hard to overcome.

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    Nonetheless, great images. The colors of his shirt really pop. Love it.

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    The colors of his shirt really pop. Love it.
    Local contrast is one of the things the DPMs do best. Greater dynamic range can be found in other cameras.

    If the shirt had been blue it would look pale and faded compared to the actual shirt. Color does have a unique look with these cameras, but accurate color is not their strength.

    IMHO the short comings of these cameras are far outweighed by their strengths.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Last two (I promise...) converted to B&W






    I find, more and more, I am converting the DPM's to black and white. I am still searching for a large format B&W printing option.

    Carl (scho) pointed me in the direction of an inkset converted Epson 1440, but I am looking for something larger to do these prints justice.

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    Rich, the b&w conversion tones are wonderful. Crisp and compelling shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Rich, the b&w conversion tones are wonderful. Crisp and compelling shots.

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    Thanks Louis.....back in the day, I would shoot Tri-X (pushed to 1000 and developed in Acufine) and print on a Kodak RC Polycontrast paper.

    This is the look I always consciously (or subconsciously) strive for when I am converting vis software.

    Again, thanks for your comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    Last two (I promise...) converted to B&W






    I find, more and more, I am converting the DPM's to black and white. I am still searching for a large format B&W printing option.

    Carl (scho) pointed me in the direction of an inkset converted Epson 1440, but I am looking for something larger to do these prints justice.

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    Very nice images Rich. I use a Canon iPF6100 for large prints and find that a good custom icc does very well for both color and neutral B&W. No need for special inks or software.
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    A "Little Doggies" DP2m photo. Actually, the little dogs were in deep shadow, but the file proved to be malleable in LR4, lifting shadows without showing excessive noise.

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    I have listed a couple of accessories for the dp1m/dp2m on the sale section if anyone is interested.

    http://www.getdpi.com/forum/gear-fs-...cessories.html

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    I got my DP2m about 4 weeks ago and expired some great advantages to the DP2s. May you have a look on flickr on my last uploads in 100%:

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    Merry Christmas to all of you!


    SDIM1305-12. Dezember 2012.jpg by W.Utsch, on Flickr

    Christmas dekoration on our local Piazza, made by school kids.
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    It did't rain today.

    Here are some emty filmsets

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    Roofs.

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    Two facades.
    White balance settings is something to watch out for.
    This went wrong in the second image of the filmset post. (A little to green.)

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    Nice Uwe! The first one could be right around the corner here in Normandy.

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    Flat winter white. The DP2M can still pull out fine detail in the snow.

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    Hello Carl, nice to see snow photos (none here).

    PS: Maybe you could remove the stem at the bottom :-)
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    Hello Carl, nice to see snow photos (none here).

    PS: Maybe you could remove the stem at the bottom :-)
    Hi Uwe,

    Glad you like the snow, but I'd rather have some of your abundant sunshine. Thanks, I re-cropped original to eliminate the stem at the bottom edge, but you won't see change here until cache clears.
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    >I re-cropped original to eliminate the stem at the bottom edge, but you won't see change here until cache clears.

    I did not mean a different crop. These stems can be removed with Context Aware Fill or a simple app Snapheal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    >I re-cropped original to eliminate the stem at the bottom edge, but you won't see change here until cache clears.

    I did not mean a different crop. These stems can be removed with Context Aware Fill or a simple app Snapheal.
    I know, but crop was a quick fix that worked just as well in this case.
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    A couple of images of the cold variety.



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    A DP2 Merrill rolled up on 25th December for me. While I am yet to have opportunity to try it out I am curious as to if you use a 49mm UV filter on yours? Is there any improvement or degradation to the image?

    Thoughts, advice?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    A DP2 Merrill rolled up on 25th December for me. While I am yet to have opportunity to try it out I am curious as to if you use a 49mm UV filter on yours? Is there any improvement or degradation to the image?

    Thoughts, advice?
    Thanks in advance.
    Have used a Promaster HGX UV on mine and I can see no difference at all, either colour or sharpness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    A DP2 Merrill rolled up on 25th December for me. While I am yet to have opportunity to try it out I am curious as to if you use a 49mm UV filter on yours? Is there any improvement or degradation to the image?

    Thoughts, advice?
    Thanks in advance.
    Where are you going to shoot with it ?

    I definitely use one when I'm shooting at the beach. Salt spray isn't good for anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collin Orthner View Post
    A couple of images of the cold variety.
    Very nice.

    I so enjoy looking at snow, from a distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Candlish View Post
    Very nice.

    I so enjoy looking at snow, from a distance.
    Another for you Kirk:

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    OK. My first few test shots with my new DP2M,
    Still struggling with getting "natural" looking colors.
    All shot at ISO 100, AWB, did very little adjustment in SPP then into LR4
    in Telluride, Colorado.
    From a $850.00 camera IQ is amazing

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    Very strong perspective corrections with DxO ViewPoint:



    Through a window:



    Water behind window glass:

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    OK. My first few test shots with my new DP2M,
    Still struggling with getting "natural" looking colors.
    All shot at ISO 100, AWB, did very little adjustment in SPP then into LR4
    in Telluride, Colorado.
    From a $850.00 camera IQ is amazing
    Try the daylight balance setting and you'll have much better results in my experience. The AWB seems to be pretty useless.

    Nice shots.

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    Kirk.
    Copy that. I will try daylight setting next time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    OK. My first few test shots with my new DP2M,
    Still struggling with getting "natural" looking colors.
    All shot at ISO 100, AWB, did very little adjustment in SPP then into LR4
    in Telluride, Colorado.
    From a $850.00 camera IQ is amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Candlish View Post
    Try the daylight balance setting and you'll have much better results in my experience. The AWB seems to be pretty useless.

    Nice shots.
    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
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    Copy that. I will try daylight setting next time....

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    Regardless Steven......damn nice photos!!

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    I still like the Merrills as an environmental portrait camera.

    One from today....



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