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    Now the DP3M is on its way to me from Germany, and then I have all 3

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    DP2M. Will the A7r which I picked up yesterday produce such files? I have some doubts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post
    DP2M. Will the A7r which I picked up yesterday produce such files? I have some doubts.
    So far the only camera this side of MF that can match or exceed the resolution of the DP2 is the Nikon 800E w. it's best glass attached.

    The A7r has a chance to be the next one.

    But I don't blame you for being skeptical.

    The DP2 is an awesome camera if used properly.

    The light weight and price also add to it's virtue.
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    I'm surprised no one says anything about DP2M's bokeh rendering. That's where it'll lose to any full frame camera with a decent 50mm. I know it's APS-C and a slow f/2.8 lens but bokeh highlights show apparent onion-ring formation visible on 1200px wide images. The OOF transition is far from being smooth and OOF objects appear too contrasty with loud delineation.
    It does make up for these shortcomings with what appears in focus though


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    It's pretty hard to criticize near perfection.

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    Now I have all three Merrills (not the SD1M).

    What is best in my personal opinion ?

    I will say: Sigma DP2 Merrill = This sharpness and clarity is unbeaten.

    Very, very close come Sigma DP3 Merrill, and the colors are a bit better, I can use Vivid here, but it is too much with the others.

    If I only went for the colors, then the DP3M was the best, but for me the sharpness and clarity is the most important thing, and here my DP2M still is the best, even it is only slightly.

    Then comes DP1M, but it is only because it is not as sharp in the corners as the others, but NB: it is still not less sharp than all other wide A.-lenses in the corners, and it still has the sharpness and clarity mostly all over.

    I love them all.

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    Another abstract found lurking in my DP2M, some concrete and stuff trying to hold water inside:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Needless to say a DP2M was one of the first items I purchased again.
    Well, I am quite staggered. Its says something a lot about a camera if you re-buy the same one after having it stolen or lost. It says a lot about the DP2M to me.

    It would be an interesting thread to ask if users would replace their lost camera with exactly the same. I suppose many would but not always, some may take the opportunity to move on to something else.

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    A few pictures with the DP2M. After one year with it, I must say it has become my main camera for almost everything that doesn't move







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    I have both the DP2M and the DP3M and would replace both in a heartbeat. Is there something else that would give me the same or better image quality (in good light) short of medium format? The D800/D800E might squeak past (reviews would suggest), but I didn't like the handling at all. I'm not looking for a small camera, but short of MF, I want something that feels good in the hand. Asking too much? --Barbara

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    Quentin, I just got back to your post about the theft from your London flat. I am impressed and amazed at the police work. And I hope you are drawing some solace from the knowledge that the culprit isn't still out there doing this to others (and using your equipment!). I will add that I am inspired by the images you post, and find it interesting that many (most?) seem to be taken in close proximity to your work locations/appointments. --Barbara

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    Quentin, BTW, did the police return your gear, so that now you have TWO of these lovelies? --Barbara

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    Hello all. I have been lurking this thread for a while until I couldn't stand it any longer and had to order a DP2m. Thanks to your amazing photos, I now have one!!

    I got very lucky and saved $200 on the price of the camera due to the Cyber Monday silliness - was actually a Tuesday when I ordered but they extended the deal. Was completely random that I decided to order that day - got lucky.

    Anyhow, yesterday was the first non-rainy day since I received the camera and I went out and shot a few test pics to have some images to play with.
    One thing I found slightly annoying was that my thumb kept hitting the button that switched the focus from AF to M. Guess I will have to hold the camera differently and break that habit. I admit, for some pics I was shooting one handed while my other hand was trying to stay warm in my pocket. That didn't help.

    Anyhow here are a few of my first pics. I am duly impressed with the resolution and detail.







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    Kind regards - Hulyss - hulyssbowman.com & LuSh
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    This section has the best photographs on this forum period. Excellent compositions, color, etc. I firmly believe that the Foveon sensor beats all digital camera technology, and when converting to B/W is as good as the Leica MM. I'm waiting for my DP2 too.
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    Torture test for DP2M

    Christmas tree is about 2.5m away. The camera couldn't lock focus on the tree in AF mode. I did three AF attempts; it stopped at ~0.7m every time though there was nothing between the camera and the tree that could cause this issue. The image attached is shot with a manual focus at MDF f/3.2, 0.5sec, iso100. If you are after a pleasant bokeh highlights rendering, DP2M is not the camera for the task.

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    STF therapy was required when I imported this shot in SPP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malina DZ View Post
    If you are after a pleasant bokeh highlights rendering, DP2M is not the camera for the task.
    I quite the bokeh, I like your image as it is - in a way I'm glad it didn't focus.

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    Last Dance
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    Thank you Tim. I know I'm demanding too much from a small camera with a slow lens


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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Here's a couple more from the DP2.

    The big pointy thing is a wind sculpture, one of many dotted around Wellington. It's a city infamous for its wind, with around 175 days of the year where the wind gusts above 75km/h. The day I took this, it was fairly calm, but when the wind gets above 100-120km/h the big pointy thing heads towards horizontal:


    Big Pointy Thing, on Flickr

    Here's a grab shot over the fence of an inner city building site:

    Hold Up, on Flickr
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    Still Water - DP2M
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauza View Post
    A few pictures with the DP2M. After one year with it, I must say it has become my main camera for almost everything that doesn't move


    Sauza, what filter/plugin/effect did you use in this image? When looking at the full size shot, you appreciate the painterly details and textures formed.

    Great picture and neat interpretation!!

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    A Christmas Tree
    Sigma DP2 Merrill, F/5.6, ISO 100
    (handheld with a slight swing)


    I couldn't resist when I was packing up all the decorations today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotXorc View Post
    Sauza, what filter/plugin/effect did you use in this image? When looking at the full size shot, you appreciate the painterly details and textures formed.

    Great picture and neat interpretation!!
    Hi NotXorc,
    sorry for the late reply, haven't been much online over the holidays. Thanks for the kind words. I've used the Topaz Clean filter for this picture and slightly reduced the opacity of the layer to create this texture.

    This panorama consists of 4 vertical shots with the DP2M


    Rotenberg_2 by El Sauza, on Flickr
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    Haven't visited this thread in quite some time, it's great to see so many fantastic images being posted here still!

    I have regretted selling my DP2M since I shipped it off...my favourite photo from 2013 was captured with that little wonder. (Sigma DP2 Merrill shots)
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    Schlossberg, Freiburg.


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    Lovely shot, Sauza. Did you use an art filter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggibson View Post
    Lovely shot, Sauza. Did you use an art filter?
    Yes, I've used the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop and of course some D&B.

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    Excellent images all! I am glad to see others are still shooting their DP2m's with all the recent hype with the smaller FF camera's drawing so much attention here and all over the web.

    I still feel that the DP2m and Nodel Ninja III is the ultimately best pano setup one can reasonably buy. The DP2m shines in this area as well as just taking and stitching a few images together just to get a wider view. I need to use mine more but have been doing more wildlife stuff in recent months (I have to admit the DP2m and close focus lens or a 250 does a excellent job with macros when cropped) and have not been doing any scenics. Pretty ugly out around here in the dead of winter around our wetlands.

    I will make it a point to pull my DP2m out this week and find something of interest to shoot!
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    I took my DP2M with me on my working trip to Vegas for CES, then flew straight to Toronto for another show - on the road for 8 days - blah! Anyway, had a chance to head to Niagara Falls from Toronto one of the afternoons. I didn't have my tripod so my falls shots not so spectacular when viewed on my monitor but I thought some of these textures with the ice were interesting:

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    and a couple more from the same trip:

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    Standing tall:


    Spindly trees like these'd get flattened in windy Wellington!
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Mevagissey



    Yes, I'm still shooting with the DP2M
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    Quentin ... Lovely! Thoughtful composition leads my eye through the scene.
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    Thanks. It was a rare, perfect, winter's day in Cornwall. We are looking to buy a vacation home somewhere close.
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    My first photo with my new (to me) DP2M.


    Backyard Palm Tree @ f2.8

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    _SDI0300 by El Sauza, on Flickr

    SPP Monochrome

    _SDI0318 by El Sauza, on Flickr

    SPP Monochrome

    _SDI0333 by El Sauza, on Flickr

    SPP Monochrome + Oil Paint Filter (PS)

    _SDI0509 by El Sauza, on Flickr
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    Stone Church, Paihia, New Zealand:

    Stone Church, Paihia, on Flickr

    Some warehouse, downtown Auckland:

    DP2M0307, on Flickr
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    Took receipt of the DP2 to compliment the 3 today. Popped down to John Moore's boat yard at Mevagissey, to give it a go. Chatted awhile to both John and caught up with Peter his son and few stories were told about times at school and long gone friends. A few pics were taken and I am going to enjoy this camera as much as the DP3.


    JOHN MOORE'S BOAT YARD by Julian de Courcy, on Flickr


    JOHN MOORE'S BOAT YARD by Julian de Courcy, on Flickr


    JOHN MOORE'S BOAT YARD by Julian de Courcy, on Flickr
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    Who needs a dslr and telephoto lens! lol


    Fly by by StuartHowePhotography, on Flickr


    watching by StuartHowePhotography, on Flickr


    Incoming by StuartHowePhotography, on Flickr


    His is bigger than mine! by StuartHowePhotography, on Flickr
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    Mevagissey harbour entrance.

    Dp2 raw - ssp - Cs6


    No.1 by Julian de Courcy, on Flickr


    No.1 by Julian de Courcy, on Flickr
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