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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots - Action Shot

    So who says Sigma DPxM cameras are no good for action shots?

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Superb Paul.


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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    My attempt at an action shot.

    Ampton Point to Point races, Suffolk.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Just trying a cheap old 10 stop nd with the dp2m,never used one before so go easy!


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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Have not posted here for a longer time, since i got the A7R.
    Yesterday on the walk to the bakery in the morning i took a few shots of our beautiful lake. Tough i like the A7R and the use of so many old lenses i will never give up my Merrills.

    "Melide, Lake Lugano, Switzerland"















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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    the clarity of the Merrills is a plus for these images of the beautiful lake Lugano

    I bought a Sigma DP2M last friday and I shot pictures with it during the weekend, beside the exceptional clarity, I am really delighted by the natural look of the images and at the same time by its unique look.
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    The Heligan gardens look just like the vegetation round here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    The Heligan gardens look just like the vegetation round here.
    Not sure where you are Paul. These gardens where the result of the 19th century garden explorers bringing exotic plants back to the UK from around the world.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Hello,
    I joined the forum a few days ago and I got a Sigma DP2 Merrill on Friday. I could spend some time with it during the weekend, my first impressions are very very positive!
    I am delighted by this camera so far, it produces very natural looking files both in terms of color and tones rendition and sharpness







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    Quote Originally Posted by adrewdecourcy View Post
    Not sure where you are Paul. These gardens where the result of the 19th century garden explorers bringing exotic plants back to the UK from around the world.
    I'm in New Zealand - those look like our native ferns, and the tree off to the left looks like a cabbage tree. AIUI, cabbage trees were quite a popular import into the UK in the late 1800's.
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    Art lover!
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    Happiness is a packet of crisps and some daffodils.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    The two shots above come from my new DP2. Only had it about two weeks.

    I have the EM5 and the Ricoh GR - both of which I love and I never imagined I'd better them.

    Then the Sigmas dropped to under 350 and I was tempted - and satisfied.

    I picked these two shots as each does something I'd never had achieved with the Oly and the Ricoh.

    In the first shot the RAW file shows quite a dark face and an overblown flower picture. It is astonishing how the 'fill' slider brings up the detail in the face and pulls back the painting. I'd never get that level of recovery from the Oly/Ricoh RAWs.

    In the second shot I liked the way the 'fill' slider recovered the texture of the tree bark and how the sensor managed to record the blades of grass. I hope I will never become a pixel peeper again - but it is lovely to be reminded about the definition of my old FF DSLR kit.

    Yes, these DP Merrills are a handful to use. Slow autofocus. Slow card writing. Madly battery hungry (I now carry enough spares to start a motor car!).

    Most of the time I will surely be using the Oly/Ricoh kit. But it is re-assuring to know that when time and conditions are right I have a DP? that will give me a medium format image.

    I say DP? as I lashed out and bought all three - for only a few pounds more than the Oly 12-40 that is on my wish list as well.

    These two shots come straight from my web site and are about 1920 pixels wide. If others on this forum find that too wide I'll resize them a bit in future - but I'd prefer not to then I can post more shots as time goes by.

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    Two days ago ...
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    Of course you are.

    You're late to the party.

    Better late than never though.

    Enjoy.


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    Just playing with the dp2m and nd filter again..lighting was all over with heavy cloud then sun etc lol..The river was also running fast and moving my little monopod about so not the sharpest pics.Cant wait to get my redsnapper next week for some stability.


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    Wish I could have got lower but my backside was already touching water and huge branch in the way lol


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    Not alot of room in this tunnel and water was flowing pretty damn fast lol)


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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Hello everybody,

    I am thinking of buying a Sigma DP2 merrill, even though Sigma DP2 Quattro was announced.
    Since I have seen many beautiful pictures in this forum, the quality of pictures is self explanatory.
    My question is how you guys manage with the battery issue? I heard the camera has very short battery power that it can only take 100 or so pictures for one battery. That's why you get two batteries, when you guy the camera.
    I might not mind buying extra batteries for future needs, but I just want to be informed about it beforehand.

    Thanks!

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    some type error correction:
    not "when you guy the camera", but "when you buy the camera" of course.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    In the UK they cost 5.25 UKP.

    I just buy lots of them. I have all three DPs and a Ricoh GR so they are always good to have around.

    Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikoniko1985 View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I am thinking of buying a Sigma DP2 merrill, even though Sigma DP2 Quattro was announced.
    Since I have seen many beautiful pictures in this forum, the quality of pictures is self explanatory.
    My question is how you guys manage with the battery issue? I heard the camera has very short battery power that it can only take 100 or so pictures for one battery. That's why you get two batteries, when you guy the camera.
    I might not mind buying extra batteries for future needs, but I just want to be informed about it beforehand.

    Thanks!
    I have all three DPM cameras, so I have six batteries. I think battery usage depends on your shooting habits or style. I have walked around with the different cameras and only drained a battery down needing immediate replacement, once. I also tend to shoot with a tripod and take three bracketed shots, and have not had a big problem with the batteries draining too low. It does take a bit longer than normal for the processor to complete their job, but it is worth all the trouble for me because of the results. Your milage will vary.
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    Thank you guys for the responds.
    I think I will buy it.

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    Anyone have anything new on the pricing or release date for the Quattro ?

    TIA


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    best view on OLED display
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    As I have read blogs and news on Quattro, they are trying to release it before summer. But another guy, who went to CP+, was also told from one the Sigma staff that it could be before "Golden Week," which supposed to be meant the end of April to beginning of May.
    So, from May to July, maybe?

    About the price, I only saw one source (sorry I don't have a link) guessing around $800.
    Many Japanese are also hoping and guessing to be around this price. But no guarantee of course.

    I though I was going to buy DP2M, but as I have been researching on both M and Q, I am so tempted to go for Q.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    i was faced with the same question few weeks ago when i tried to decide to buy the M or Q, but at then end i went with the M for a few reasons:

    1, for DP2, the M body will be far more flexible and easier to use on the move.

    2, the M is now half price everywhere. we also have indication from interviews that the Q will probably the same price as the original M launch price. i think it will be too hopeful to think the Q will deliver twice as much performance (i might be wrong)

    3, and ...er...most importantly.... i dont want to wait.

    PS: for DP1, because of the new lens design and it will be a wide angle (i.e can afford to take more time per shot) i will wait for the Q.

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    Nikoniko, the DP2 M comes with two batteries. Mine is still fairly new, and I've only been out a few times with it, but I have drained a battery only once so far, and it turns out I foolishly left the spare battery in the car - oh well.

    Also, I have absolutely no idea about the Q price, but if I had to guess, $800 seems low. The Merrills were going for around $900 (and still at B&H the last time I checked). Seems like the Q would be at least that or more.

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    Tiny Weed Flower
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    darr,

    You have such a wonderful talent, i'm not surprised that you quote Georgia O'keeffe.

    The Sigma's are such amazing little cameras with MFD quality, that the slower approach seems fitting.
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    Sigma better hit an absolute homerun w the new Quattro's and SD1.

    Sony is rumored to be coming out w "Soveon" sensor.

    A Sony version of the Foveon.

    It will be a very high MP (50-ish) Bayer type 3-layered design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    darr,

    You have such a wonderful talent, i'm not surprised that you quote Georgia O'keeffe.

    The Sigma's are such amazing little cameras with MFD quality, that the slower approach seems fitting.
    Thank you so much! Yes, the 'Lil Sigmas are big in my book. They have brought me freedom in a much needed arena of my life. I used a tabletop tripod to make that shot as I thought getting down to the world of the weed flower was most appropriate.
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    Hi,
    This morning the weather wasn't looking good ...
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Here's a couple of shots of the flora of Heligan gardens (posted by adrewdecourcy) in their natural habitat. Were you to stumble across a dinosaur, it would not look out of place...





    Both shot in the hills behind Eastbourne, Wellington.
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    And another from the same walk:

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    Spring slow starter
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrewdecourcy View Post
    I LOVE THIS PHOTO SO MUCH
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikoniko1985 View Post
    I LOVE THIS PHOTO SO MUCH
    Thank you Niko

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    Reflection
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    Superb Darr
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrewdecourcy View Post
    Superb Darr
    Thank you Andrew. I admire your work as well!
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    A few Easter morning photos along the Housatonic River in MA, from my newly acquired DP2 Merrill. All I can say is Wow. This little brick packs a punch.
    A few questions regarding processing files. Highlight recovery - X3 fill light seems also to recover highlights, strange as that seems. My current workflow is to do a combination of reduce exposure and increase fill light until my red blotches are gone, or nearly gone. Then export tif to lightroom. Any other tricks to highlight recovery?
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    Spanish Moss & Live Oak
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    Quote Originally Posted by soboyle View Post
    A few questions regarding processing files. Highlight recovery - X3 fill light seems also to recover highlights, strange as that seems. My current workflow is to do a combination of reduce exposure and increase fill light until my red blotches are gone, or nearly gone. Then export tif to lightroom. Any other tricks to highlight recovery?
    Shaun,

    Fill light is a one-slider version of tone mapping, and it's very good. Going positive brings the edges of the histogram to the center, although I will rarely go above 0.4 in the settings. I'm also much more familiar with the older Sigma cameras and how they behave then the Merrill (I got a DP3M a couple months ago)---and this chip does behave somewhat differently than the previous versions.

    If you do any portraiture work, using a bit of negative fill light (-0.2 to -0.5) can do some nice things with skin (lessening texture).

    Jim

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    Thanks, it's tough to tell when a sky will blow out with this camera. The histogram doesn't seem to be very accurate, but if I follow it I'm dialing in huge under exposure to get the brights under control. Then it takes a lot of work in SPP to get it back to a recognizable scene. Look forward to a day when Lightroom supports X3F. Love the B&W from this camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soboyle View Post
    Thanks, it's tough to tell when a sky will blow out with this camera. The histogram doesn't seem to be very accurate, but if I follow it I'm dialing in huge under exposure to get the brights under control. Then it takes a lot of work in SPP to get it back to a recognizable scene. Look forward to a day when Lightroom supports X3F. Love the B&W from this camera.

    I have learned to use Sigma Pro Photo (SPP) for converting to TIF files only, then complete post-processing in Lightroom (LR). I have a MAC machine and a WIN machine and find SPP is really buggy in MAC, but not as bad in WIN unless I get a converted TIF file that is broken. A broken file will crash SPP on my WIN machine every time, but after removing it, no more crashes. For me, SPP does not have as many controls or options as LR, but there are those that prefer it.
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    Reflection
    Sigma DP2 Merrill, ISO 100 +0.7, handheld

    Stunning darr, I would be very proud to call that my own work!
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