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    Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    We have a DP1M in for a review. Some more CA than DP2M but can be fixed in SPP. Otherwise very sharp too. For us the DP2M has a more useful focal length. Can focus very close (20cm).







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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Thanks for posting this Uwe. Typically colourful and sharp, as per the DP2M.

    I'm umming and ahhhing about whether to invest my meagre funds in a DP1M or a GH-3 body. I know you also have the GH-3 and have stated that you like it.

    My heart says GH-3 and my head says DP1M.

    Decisions, decisions, eh?

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    >My heart says GH-3 and my head says DP1M.

    Would be just the other way for me :-).

    For me the 12-35mm and 35-100mm also work great on the GH2. But for video I like the GH3 much better (sharper). The DPxM cameras are nice but not as universal as the the GH3.
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Uwe,
    Did you shoot any landscape images with the DP1M at infinity F8?
    if so can you comment on corner performance.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    >Did you shoot any landscape images with the DP1M at infinity F8?

    No. May seem strange but I hardly ever use wide angle for landscapes :-)
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Uwe,
    Actually not strange at all. I am the same way. I was just wondering. I find shooting landscapes with a WA lens to be very challenging.
    Thanks for your input.

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    >I find shooting landscapes with a WA lens to be very challenging.

    Toom much to include (hard to find everything useful). Also don't care much about this foreground, middle ground and background style. For me only interesting or not matters. Here it is easier to isolate with the tele range lens.
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Uwe,
    Nice image..
    Looks pretty sharp to the corners but can't tell.
    What F Stop was this taken at?
    Very natural colors which I am still trying to get. What's the secret????
    What is your normal starting point on the camera? i.e WB, Color Settings, ISO, etc.
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    >What F Stop was this taken at?

    f/6.3

    Very natural colors which I am still trying to get. What's the secret????

    Shot with auto, converted in SPP and then WB in LR4 on gray clouds :-)

    What is your normal starting point on the camera? i.e WB, Color Settings, ISO, etc.

    WB is auto, Color Settings default for raw, ISO 100 in this case but max 200


    This was more a demo snap shot.

    Here a shot with DP2M at f/4

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    "Color and detail". DP1-Merrill shot from this morning.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    Uwe,
    Did you shoot any landscape images with the DP1M at infinity F8?
    if so can you comment on corner performance.

    Thanks
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    I don't think this was focused at infinity (I think I focused about 30ft out) but it is at f/8:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ustein View Post
    Nice, I like the colors here, the one with DP2M is boring , just like a snapshot, which it was as you said. Personal taste of course.
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    A few from Moscow

    Gum Store, Red Square







    Tree



    Weather was not the best.
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    One more

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    When I was in GUM in 1980 there was no Lacoste store.... beautiful pictures. This camera may be amazing, but clearly Quentin could take great photos with a Brownie.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Exquisite, Quentin!, (the others too)
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Thanks, guys, for the kind comments. I used the DP1M as much as the DP2M on this trip. Although I recently purchased a Nikon D800E I still prefer the Sigmas...
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    DP-1 Merrill, ISO 100, f7.1, 1/25.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by mezzoduomo View Post
    DP-1 Merrill, ISO 100, f7.1, 1/25.

    Nice shot.

    Especially considering the Time of Day.

    I wanted to add some photos of my own but I seem to be up against the posting limit of 20MB.

    Not sure what to do about that ?


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    DP-1, ISO 100, f6.3, 1/800

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Not as much love for the DP1M as the other two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Not as much love for the DP1M as the other two?

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    I think very highly of it, and I find myself using it more than the 2.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Palmiers:

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    DP-1 Merrill. ISO 200, f9, 1/500.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    I have both the DP1 and 2 Merrills.

    Thought I find the overall image quality of the DP2 superior the DP1 is no slouch IMO.

    I use it in Canyons and other places where a wider FOV is needed.

    I shoot mostly Landscapes so a lot of my work is done at F16 on a tripod.

    The results w the DP1 at those settings are good enough to produce beautiful
    20 x 30's or even larger.

    I would say I use the DP1 the great majority of the time.

    Guess some of it depends on what type of shooter you are and what your subjects tend to be.

    Used properly I see little or no regression from what the DP2 can do.

    Hope that helps.



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    I can confirm that the DP1M is good - it is now my DP2M's companion. At least, it works well if you put the correct lens hood on it!!! LOL! I accidentally put my DP2M hood on it yesterday and after reviewing a dozen shots in a shady spot I noticed a much more than expected light fall-off in the corners, LOL! The hoods fit on each camera and look mostly identical except the one for the DP1M has a larger opening :-) I would keep them permanently attached but I like to put my lens caps on at the end of the day and "cap + hood" does not work.

    I won't make that beginner's mistake again ...
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ute View Post
    ...I shoot mostly Landscapes so a lot of my work is done at F16 on a tripod....
    Dont get this point, at f16 the lense looses a lot of quality because of diffraction,

    at f8 its much better and depth of field extends from 3.73 ft to infinity

    just focus at the hyperfocal distance of 7.46 ft

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    Quote Originally Posted by foveon View Post
    Dont get this point, at f16 the lense looses a lot of quality because of diffraction,

    at f8 its much better and depth of field extends from 3.73 ft to infinity

    just focus at the hyperfocal distance of 7.46 ft

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    I was about the write the same = 100 % agree

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Thanks for the advice.

    I'll try give it a try.


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    Stopping down to f/4 increases the resolution to 2,513 lines, and quality doesn't suffer until you get down to f/8, where the score dips to a still impressive 2,360 lines due to diffraction, and then it goes further down.

    So already from f. 5.6 to f. 8 you loose some resolution, but gain some dof, and the balance should be OK at f. 8, because you need dof for your scapes.

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    The far southern finger of Apache Lake, AZ.

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    Handheld pano came out ok.
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    Death Among the Leaves
    DP1 Merrill @ 1/250 sec at f / 2.8


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    Old Pipes
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    I have just ordered the Sigma DP1 Merrill (I have the DP2 Merrill), and if they have had the Sigma DP3M with the hood, I am not sure I have ordered this also.

    This clarity, this sharpness, I love it.

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Added: Soundimageplus wrote:

    "The 19mm lens has a little more CA than the DP2 Merrill and at wide apertures the corners can be slightly softer than the centre, but not by much. However that centre is probably slightly sharper than the DP2 Merrill. Thats it. Not much else to say really. Its probably the sharpest results from any camera ever made at ISO 100 this side of a Hassleblad MF back, and it may even produce results that are sharper than that. Its that good."


    ....................So if it is sharper in the center, than DP2M it is nothing less than fantastic - ............any comments about that ??

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Got it yesterday and shot yesterday and today.

    Even it is not as sharp as the DP2M it can compete with my Nikon D7100 (24MP, and some says it is sharper than the D800E (Michael Erlevine, Nikon Gear and author of some photo -E-books)) and Nikon 24mm f/1.4G, so I surely keep it.

    But I must say: There is a "wow-factor" from the DP2M - it is like being there.

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    Now thinking about the DP3M - inspired by Hulyss Bowman.

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    This thread does need more support ...

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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Haven't seen any new posts here for a bit. I made this image recently at the Mesa Art Center in, you guessed it, Mesa, Arizona. I added the Ricoh GW3 wide adapter, as I have quite a bit lately. It seems to work great.

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    Hi
    New owner of DP1 and DP2. 2 images from DP1 and 2 from DP2. Sorry for joining both camera images in this thread. Impressed with them so far but occasional magenta and green casts sometimes disconcert. Thought I would share.
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    Superb Geoff. this DP1 thread is not as active as the other two cameras which is a shame.

    Portraits with the DP1



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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    a few images taken in early April during a weekend hike on the alps:




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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Picked up a dp1m to use as my walkabout for a trip to Rome this week... first and only shot I've taken with it thus far:

    (grunged up in post, for the fun of it...)


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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Gonna take a bit to figure out how to process these... especially saturation. Some snaps from a trip to Rome that I'm starting today.



    some reflection trickery...


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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    more from my walkabout today:





    Having trouble with halos when messing with shadows/highlights in post... but love the detail








    Cheers! (Ciao?)
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Sorry for the image overkill

    Shooting the DP1m is much like (older) medium format digital, just in a smaller box. I have to admit I'm really liking the camera immensely. Haven't gotten the processing (especially sharpening and saturation) nailed down, but getting there.

    my flat for the week is behind that door...


    so much texture in Rome:


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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Rome keeps on giving...







    DP1M does a terrible job with flare... but I like the atmosphere of this shot. More post could clean it up...



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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    And a few more:

    Two from the Pantheon









    Cheers!
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    Re: Sigma DP1 Merrill Shots

    Last set from this trip.... all handheld (in every post) with exception of the sunset river view below (last shot), where I used an old Roman bridge as a tripod. I found the challenge of shooting an entire trip at 28mm to be a lot of fun... but next time I travel I might pick up a DP2M and a DP3M to take as well.











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