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    Under ideal conditions, the DP2M still out-performs all my other cameras.



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    I shot those pictures last evening at an antiques fair, raw but in b&w color mode because I was sure that the color image will be unusable and I would convert them to monochrome anyway. Everybody knows that Sigma DP2M is useless at ISO400 and above, right? Wrong! I was amazed to see that the color image is at least just as good as any other camera, with good colors and decent noise level even at ISO 1000. I was so sure that I will keep only the monochrome version but I ended up keeping both color and Black & white images. At least for me the images are acceptable.
    Shot handheld so it might be some camera shake.
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    winter sports^^
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    Rarity or rarities, we've had more than a week with little to no wind. All this over the Christmas & New Year period too!

    Given the good weather and lack of wind, in between bouts of food consumption, I wandered up the hill look over the city as the sun set:


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    (Wellington, NZ. Hill suburb of Wadestown in the foreground, "Cake Tin" and port straight ahead)
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    Some shots taken at Kentish Town lock on the Regent's Canal in London with the DP2M. The Canal and Rivers Trust are renewing the lock gates.







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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Haven't shot DP2M in a while and got burnt by its narrow highlight DR today No fancy shot got ruined anyway, but it did remind me of DR limits and careful exposure requirements:


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    On the other hand, if Merrill is given a scene with 6 stops of DR, it'll handle it like no other


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    My friend from Sigma DP Photography (Facebook) community recommended me this forum to publish my photos. I agree with him, here are good photographers ang good photos.
    Spring. The willows blossom. Novosibirsk suburb. May 16, 2014. Sigma dp2 Merrill.
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    Welcome aboard, Vadim!

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    Autumn at Academgorodok, Novosibirsk. Pond with ducks. Sep 22, 2014. Sigma DP2 Merrill.
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    ^^^ Great stuff, Vadim. Keep them coming! ^^^

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    This is an extraordinary little camera which I managed to buy new only a few days ago for very little. I got hooked on the Foveon technology last year with the SD1 Merrill and this little gem is a sweet addition

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    This is a straight conversion from SPP to jpeg and as suggested by a previous post in this thread this seems to work better than first converting to tif for reworking in another software (LR or DXO Pro).

    Conversions to B&W done within SPP work really well also:

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    Pictures taken near Cercs, Catalunya, Spain
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    Scallops are HOW MUCH? !!! Fish Works, Marylebone High Street, London

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    I snapped a shot in Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street. How freaking good is the DP2 Merrill? This was ISO 200 in poor light. My Sony A7S with a Zeiss 50mm ZM lens would have been drab in comparison when looking at the full size pic. Come on Sigma, we really need a full frame Merrill with interchangeable lenses and an EVF. Knock the Leica SL into the long grass.

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    These images are from the Beaulieu River in South East England and they show the superb resolution of this little camera.

    I'm not sure what the dynamic range is supposed to be I'm finding it quite limited, rather more evident when in colour.

    Both sets are at default sharpening in SPP and whereas this seems more or less correct for the B&W, to me the colour image looks over-sharpened.


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    Quote Originally Posted by furtle View Post
    Come on Sigma, we really need a full frame Merrill with interchangeable lenses and an EVF. Knock the Leica SL into the long grass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubois View Post
    These images are from the Beaulieu River in South East England and they show the superb resolution of this little camera.

    I'm not sure what the dynamic range is supposed to be I'm finding it quite limited, rather more evident when in colour.

    Both sets are at default sharpening in SPP and whereas this seems more or less correct for the B&W, to me the colour image looks over-sharpened.


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    I also find the files are quite flat in colour terms and often add saturation in SPP before importing as a tiff into LR for any further PP.

    I always think the colours are very 'Velvia' like and need special care unless you actually want to make a visual impact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furtle View Post
    I snapped a shot in Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street. How freaking good is the DP2 Merrill? This was ISO 200 in poor light. My Sony A7S with a Zeiss 50mm ZM lens would have been drab in comparison when looking at the full size pic. Come on Sigma, we really need a full frame Merrill with interchangeable lenses and an EVF. Knock the Leica SL into the long grass.

    I can just imagine that at full size this image would be awesome. There is something about texture and structure - which is evident in the book shelves - that works very well with DPxM cameras, in my experience.

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    I'm curious. Why do we want FF Merrills?

    The current Merrill offerings in APS are in my view fantastic cameras for specific uses but I'd have some different suggestions for my Sigma wish list:

    -There is no "Art" quality wide angle APS lens e.g. 12mm which could make the SD1 the go-to landscape camera
    -Poor AF (I know this has been discussed before and whereas I agree that in good light AF is (almost) adequate, in low light it is very poor)
    -Sluggish buffer speed (no doubt in part caused by the large files). This, in combination with slow AF makes it harder to use for portraiture which is a shame because it otherwise produces fantastic skin tones; especially for younger skins.

    If Sigma could solve these then I'd be a very happy bunny. Some of us may also prefer an OVF.

    Aside from the above, for me, the current APS sensor offers outstanding resolution but files are already 50MB and would we be happy with even bigger files? Not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I can just imagine that at full size this image would be awesome. There is something about texture and structure - which is evident in the book shelves - that works very well with DPxM cameras, in my experience.
    LouisB
    I agree on this subject of low lit book shelves, but for me (on my screen) it looks like most DPxM landscape images in this thread are oversharpened, or - put better - excessively high in micro-contrast. I don't own a DPxM, but this is one thing that's keeping me from a purchase and a jump from my Ricoh GR. The second is the lack of choice in RAW software support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubois View Post
    I'm curious. Why do we want FF Merrills?

    The current Merrill offerings in APS are in my view fantastic cameras for specific uses but I'd have some different suggestions for my Sigma wish list:

    -There is no "Art" quality wide angle APS lens e.g. 12mm which could make the SD1 the go-to landscape camera
    -Poor AF (I know this has been discussed before and whereas I agree that in good light AF is (almost) adequate, in low light it is very poor)
    -Sluggish buffer speed (no doubt in part caused by the large files). This, in combination with slow AF makes it harder to use for portraiture which is a shame because it otherwise produces fantastic skin tones; especially for younger skins.

    If Sigma could solve these then I'd be a very happy bunny. Some of us may also prefer an OVF.

    Aside from the above, for me, the current APS sensor offers outstanding resolution but files are already 50MB and would we be happy with even bigger files? Not me.
    I agree. I'd be happy with the Merrill sensor as a compact system camera as long as they ensure that there is a 21mm/4 35/2 50/1.5 and 90/2.8 in equivalent 35mm focal lengths.

    Quote Originally Posted by markhout View Post
    I agree on this subject of low lit book shelves, but for me (on my screen) it looks like most DPxM landscape images in this thread are oversharpened, or - put better - excessively high in micro-contrast. I don't own a DPxM, but this is one thing that's keeping me from a purchase and a jump from my Ricoh GR. The second is the lack of choice in RAW software support.
    I also agree. I never sharpen my DPxM photographs. But looking back at my recent postings I should have perhaps reduced the raw sharpening further.

    BTW, for a time I was using only my Ricoh GR and DP2M. They actually make a nice walkabout set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markhout View Post
    I agree on this subject of low lit book shelves, but for me (on my screen) it looks like most DPxM landscape images in this thread are oversharpened, or - put better - excessively high in micro-contrast. I don't own a DPxM, but this is one thing that's keeping me from a purchase and a jump from my Ricoh GR. The second is the lack of choice in RAW software support.
    Hi. Certainly the micro-contrast is relatively high but then that is also one of the amazing attributes of this sensor. The over-sharpening can arise because the default value of SPP is "0". One assumes that at this value there is no sharpening but in fact there is, plenty, and this can be turned down to -1 or even -2. Another quirk is that the image renders differently whether exported to TIF or to JPEG with the latter generally softer and often more pleasing for web. I'm still experimenting, but on the paper I use (Canson) the default value "0" gives good results for A4/A3 sizes but for web I'm less sure but think that with hindsight -2 might be best.

    SPP certainly has had a bad press but I personally think it is a great converter and works perfectly with the .x3f files. I know I'm in the minority but suggest that perhaps a factor might be that I work with a Windows (10) platform whereas many use Mac OS. I find it quick, stable, intuitive and it gives more than adequate control including a great one-button B&W conversion which, when used, gives images which mostly require no further processing.

    As for the comparison with GR: These are two very different cameras (I use both) and should be seen as complementing rather than competing. For day to day, do anything including poor light then the GR is a no brainer. No doubt. The Merrills on the other hand are far more difficult to use; slow, unusable for colour above ISO 400 but the files, especially at base ISO are just very special and different to most other cameras and as BigLouis noted above somewhat reminiscent of Velvia film. Tricky to use, mostly unrealistic colours but if you like that look there little else out there at this price range and size.

    Here, for comparison, is an example of a similar scene to the one posted earlier taken with the GR:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubois View Post
    I'm curious. Why do we want FF Merrills?

    The current Merrill offerings in APS are in my view fantastic cameras for specific uses but I'd have some different suggestions for my Sigma wish list:

    -There is no "Art" quality wide angle APS lens e.g. 12mm which could make the SD1 the go-to landscape camera
    -Poor AF (I know this has been discussed before and whereas I agree that in good light AF is (almost) adequate, in low light it is very poor)
    -Sluggish buffer speed (no doubt in part caused by the large files). This, in combination with slow AF makes it harder to use for portraiture which is a shame because it otherwise produces fantastic skin tones; especially for younger skins.

    If Sigma could solve these then I'd be a very happy bunny. Some of us may also prefer an OVF.

    Aside from the above, for me, the current APS sensor offers outstanding resolution but files are already 50MB and would we be happy with even bigger files? Not me.
    I shoot medium format and full frame (FF) and need the extra real estate for various reasons. Mainly due to cropping and printing for exhibits. The need for a wide angle lens could currently be satisfied with the Art 20, 24 or 18-35mm if a FF was available; wouldn't that be nice? As far as an EFV goes, it would be nice, but not a game changer for me. I have a NEX-7 and enjoy the EVF somewhat, but I have never really had auto focus problems with my two SD1M cameras and lenses even though I have read numerous posts on other forums where others have had problems. Sometimes technique comes into play I think.

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    [QUOTE=darr;679031] Concerning AF: <<I shoot medium format and full frame (FF) and need the extra real estate for various reasons. Mainly due to cropping and printing for exhibits. The need for a wide angle lens could currently be satisfied with the Art 20, 24 or 18-35mm if a FF was available; wouldn't that be nice? As far as an EFV goes, it would be nice, but not a game changer for me. I have a NEX-7 and enjoy the EVF somewhat, but I have never really had auto focus problems with my two SD1M cameras and lenses even though I have read numerous posts on other forums where others have had problems.............Sometimes technique comes into play I think.>>

    Hi Darr. Can you expand on this? My technique is to put the crosshair on the point where I want my focus to be, for example an eye, then squeeze the trigger. If it refuses to latch on then the moment has passed. Not sure where technique comes in to play but I'm very open to suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darr View Post
    Concerning AF: <<I shoot medium format and full frame (FF) and need the extra real estate for various reasons. Mainly due to cropping and printing for exhibits. The need for a wide angle lens could currently be satisfied with the Art 20, 24 or 18-35mm if a FF was available; wouldn't that be nice? As far as an EFV goes, it would be nice, but not a game changer for me. I have a NEX-7 and enjoy the EVF somewhat, but I have never really had auto focus problems with my two SD1M cameras and lenses even though I have read numerous posts on other forums where others have had problems.............Sometimes technique comes into play I think.>>

    Hi Darr. Can you expand on this? My technique is to put the crosshair on the point where I want my focus to be, for example an eye, then squeeze the trigger. If it refuses to latch on then the moment has passed. Not sure where technique comes in to play but I'm very open to suggestions!
    Without hijacking the thread I will answer your question as to how I use autofocus with my two SD1M camera bodies and lenses successfully. If your technique is different, I am not saying mine is better, just effective for me and not just with the SD1M, but with the many different Nikon, Canon and Sony cameras I have used over the years. I teach commercial photography at a local technical school, and this is what I tell my students they need to consider when expecting good results from AF:

    1. Understand what the lighting environment is: AF does not work in low light, nor does it do well when the subject is about the same color as the background because the AF system needs contrast to differentiate the subject from the background. In this situation, I might use focus lock on a nearby object or choose to manually focus if the lens hunts.

    2. Understand DoF limits: AF can fail when subjects are close to one another and your DoF for your aperture is not deep enough to capture both in sharp focus. Either make sure your aperture will meet the required DoF or choose to manually focus on your subject.

    3. Is your shutter speed up to the task? As an example, if I am shooting with my 70 macro lens, I know in good lighting, I should have 1/125 sec or higher to handhold to avoid softness. How fast is your subject moving? Is your shutter speed fast enough to freeze the action to promote sharpness?

    The above scenarios should be considered if using AF and reconsidered if you are experiencing problems. AF cannot work in all situations, but should work when there is adequate light or contrast. Knowing when DoF comes into play, or when a fast enough shutter speed is necessary is all part of good technique.

    What AF function mode has been set on the camera; Single or Continuous? I personally do not use the SD1M camera for action shooting because IMO, it is NOT a fast camera or a low light performer. My AF is set to Single mode and stays there.

    When I shoot with the SD1M, the first thing I do is select the appropriate AF Point for the main subject, press the button and spin the wheel until the AF point lights red. But I do this after I have considered the DoF, etc. and then I take the shot.

    I would not have purchased a second SD1M camera and additional lenses if I experienced mechanical/engineering build problems with the AF system. I shoot the SD1M for it's Foveon color palette. I would not use this camera for anything except fine art, but that is me. I thought I could buy a 500mm lens and photograph birds with the SD1M, what a joke I played on myself! The SD1M is the slowest camera I have ever used that operates off of a battery. Only my 4x5" cameras were slower, but they were designed as such. I do use the SD1M in the studio with excellent results, but I have modeling lights from a beauty dish or the like highlighting the focusing area. I have no problem focusing in on the subject's eyes. My technique never lets me down because I know when the situation has reached a limit or not. Hope this helps someone. It is not as hard as it reads, it just takes practice and consideration.
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    I have not read anyone's complaints on the continuous drive mode performance, probably because no one uses it with Merrill's slow write speeds. Please try taking multiple exposures with your Merrill in M (manual) mode, continuous shooting, 1/2000s, f/5.6, and iso100 by pressing the shutter button and holding it until the camera hits the buffer and stops making exposures. Repeat the procedure at least 3 times after the buffer clears. Are all your attempts successful with no camera freeze up? My Dp2M quite often completely freezes up on the first exposure with the settings above forcing the battery removal for a camera reset. It only happens in the continuous drive mode. I never experienced it in a single drive mode. Thinking of sending it to Sigma for repair while its under warranty.

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    I`m not surprised that it doesnt work in some situations but how good it works in other^^
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    Where is this at? Interesting sign.

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    this is near the border triangle Hungary, Slovenia and Austria

    PS: what do you mean with "sign". The cruzifix? Here around are a lot of them and on special days people go there to pray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foveon View Post
    this is near the border triangle Hungary, Slovenia and Austria

    PS: what do you mean with "sign". The cruzifix? Here around are a lot of them and on special days people go there to pray.
    Sorry, I did not mean any disrespect. I did not recognize it as a crucifix as Western crucifixes usually have a three-dimensional corpus. I like your photo a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foveon View Post
    this is near the border triangle Hungary, Slovenia and Austria

    PS: what do you mean with "sign". The cruzifix? Here around are a lot of them and on special days people go there to pray.
    Why there ... historical or church related significance?

    Would love to see a few of those signs here in the US ... with the current administration not likely.

    Compelling shot ... bleak and isolated ... would love to see it in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darr View Post
    Sorry, I did not mean any disrespect. I did not recognize it as a crucifix as Western crucifixes usually have a three-dimensional corpus. I like your photo a lot.

    Kind regards,
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    Eastern Orthodox icons are fairly 2 dimensional and more pictorial than detailed ... assume this is within that framework.

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    @Darridnt find any disrespect in your words^^
    Thanks for your kind words about the foto, I looked at your website and you are a real champ, so your word makes me proud.^^

    @docmoore: here is a strictly catholic country, and the dimensions of the corpus are a matter of money, 2 are cheaper than 3.^^

    in this foto the corpus is 3D
    I cannot say a general reason why this cruzifixes are placed and where they are, some are reminiscent to a wonder that has occured there, some to people who died there, some nobody remembers why they are there. Most of them are old, the newer ones are on places where people died in traffic accidents.

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    PS: here is a 100% crop, its a liitle harsh but shows the 3D of the corpus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I agree. I'd be happy with the Merrill sensor as a compact system camera as long as they ensure that there is a 21mm/4 35/2 50/1.5 and 90/2.8 in equivalent 35mm focal lengths.



    I also agree. I never sharpen my DPxM photographs. But looking back at my recent postings I should have perhaps reduced the raw sharpening further.

    BTW, for a time I was using only my Ricoh GR and DP2M. They actually make a nice walkabout set.

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    After reading your comment, I ran the file through SPP again and turned sharpening to -2.0 and added a touch of infill light. I then set sharpening in LR at zero and set Noise Reduction to 25 before exporting to a jpeg which is here. The jpeg is picked up off my Flickr page, so, I've no idea what sort of mangling has gone on. But you should be able to enlarge the pic a bit.

    The shot was taken at 1/60s f2.8 iso 200 and AE -0.1 I tend to always take three bracketed shots at 0.7, 0 and -0.7 AE and set the camera up for -0.3AE, hence I get the -1.0AE. I do this because it is too easy to blow the highlights, even on a Merrill. My DP0 Quattro is even more sensitive and I've often found the best pics are -1.7 AE!!

    I think I focused on the back window but it could have been the books in front of the window. At f2.8 the foreground was always going to be OOF.

    Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London

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    Quote Originally Posted by furtle View Post
    The shot was taken at 1/60s f2.8 iso 200 and AE -0.1 I tend to always take three bracketed shots at 0.7, 0 and -0.7 AE and set the camera up for -0.3AE, hence I get the -1.0AE. I do this because it is too easy to blow the highlights, even on a Merrill.
    That's a bit surprising for me, ISO 200 should give you already "a ton" of highlight recovery.
    I often use ISO 100 and +0.3 EV with the the DP2m, depending on the situation of course.

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    That's a bit surprising for me, ISO 200 should give you already "a ton" of highlight recovery.
    I often use ISO 100 and +0.3 EV with the the DP2m, depending on the situation of course.
    The other bracketed shots looked ok without highlight problems and they seemed to process ok in SPP. The reason I used the -0.7 AE pic is because there was bright light coming through the end window and tons of very bright spots lights pointing at some shiny books that I though may be a problem.

    I only used iso 200 to enable me to get a sensible shutter speed. Really, I don't understand how increasing the iso helps with highlight recovery. I know on my Sony A7S it is supposed to shoot at iso 64 but I never use it, instead I use iso 100 as the photos don't look any different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by furtle View Post
    The other bracketed shots looked ok without highlight problems and they seemed to process ok in SPP. The reason I used the -0.7 AE pic is because there was bright light coming through the end window and tons of very bright spots lights pointing at some shiny books that I though may be a problem.

    I only used iso 200 to enable me to get a sensible shutter speed. Really, I don't understand how increasing the iso helps with highlight recovery. I know on my Sony A7S it is supposed to shoot at iso 64 but I never use it, instead I use iso 100 as the photos don't look any different.
    Yes, the A7s is so clean, i guess the difference between ISO 64 and ISO 100 is vanishingly small. With the Merrills it's more visible.
    ISO 200 has more highlight recovery because it's simply an underexposed ISO 100 shot (by 1 stop). Same with ISO 400 (in fact underexposed ISO 100 by 2 stops) so you will have
    enormous highlight recovery at the expense of shadows.

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    Taxing a Jet
    f/5.6, 0.6s, iso100

    My DP went to Sigma for shutter diagnostics today and I miss it already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by furtle View Post
    After reading your comment, I ran the file through SPP again and turned sharpening to -2.0 and added a touch of infill light. I then set sharpening in LR at zero and set Noise Reduction to 25 before exporting to a jpeg which is here. The jpeg is picked up off my Flickr page, so, I've no idea what sort of mangling has gone on. But you should be able to enlarge the pic a bit.

    The shot was taken at 1/60s f2.8 iso 200 and AE -0.1 I tend to always take three bracketed shots at 0.7, 0 and -0.7 AE and set the camera up for -0.3AE, hence I get the -1.0AE. I do this because it is too easy to blow the highlights, even on a Merrill. My DP0 Quattro is even more sensitive and I've often found the best pics are -1.7 AE!!

    I think I focused on the back window but it could have been the books in front of the window. At f2.8 the foreground was always going to be OOF.

    Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London

    Well worth looking at the full sized image at Flickr. I really like the 'Coffee' wrapping paper (doncha just love the detail in DP shots?).

    Quote Originally Posted by Malina DZ View Post

    Taxing a Jet
    f/5.6, 0.6s, iso100

    My DP went to Sigma for shutter diagnostics today and I miss it already.
    A bit worrying. I can only see one pilot in the cockpit. (doncha just love the detail in DP shots?).

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