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    Inside a coffee shop in Mo.



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    Worker in the Tree:



    Look at 100% to see the Detail !
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    Swans, Lake Lugano, Switzerland:



    The white of the Swan (left) was on first sight totally blown out. Heavy PP in SPP and a little bit in LR could bring a lot of the structures back - amazing high light recovery with the Foveon files.
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    OK, well for better or worse, I've ordered a DP3M today. I found on my holiday that I really wanted to get a bit closer when doing landscape shots. I'm hoping the DP3M will do that especially given the ability to crop Foveon sensor images right down to the pixel level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    OK, well for better or worse, I've ordered a DP3M today. I found on my holiday that I really wanted to get a bit closer when doing landscape shots. I'm hoping the DP3M will do that especially given the ability to crop Foveon sensor images right down to the pixel level.

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    This is a good news Welcome aboard
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    I'm sure you haven't, but don't forget there is a £200 cash back offer from Sigma still open until June 16



    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    OK, well for better or worse, I've ordered a DP3M today. I found on my holiday that I really wanted to get a bit closer when doing landscape shots. I'm hoping the DP3M will do that especially given the ability to crop Foveon sensor images right down to the pixel level.

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    My new toy by the DP3m @ 400 ISO. I'm happy !

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    Red Deer County, Alberta DP3

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    Quote Originally Posted by pflower View Post
    I'm sure you haven't, but don't forget there is a £200 cash back offer from Sigma still open until June 16
    Absolutely, that's why I decided to bring forward the purchase but in fact *** even better news *** if you go to the website they have extended the offer into July!

    BTW, I got mine at Clifton Cameras and is was less than the £799 RRP which other companies are selling the DP3M at, and it is UK stock so savings are even better.

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    My new toy by the DP3m @ 400 ISO. I'm happy !

    That is pure camera porn. If I ever go back to Nikon, I want one! Please inform us when you post some results!

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    Great shots in this thread. I wonder how you all cope with seeing the LCD in bright sunlight, at least well enough to frame accurately? At least with the DP2M the view is wide enough to be able to judge quite well what you will get in the frame but I am not so sure about the DP3M. Also, I assume that a monopod or tripod is a given?

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    That is pure camera porn. If I ever go back to Nikon, I want one! Please inform us when you post some results!

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    Hey Louis,

    Yes this is a great lens ! For reflex system, IMHO, Nikon are the bests (In 24x36 world I mean), this is why I sold all my SD bodys and onlyuse the best of SIGMA : the DP system

    For the examples with the 50f1.2, got a session yesterday night with a brand new model, at the sunset. The Dp3m worked too. All my Nikon adventure can be seen here (sorry for the of topic) : Fun with Nikon Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Great shots in this thread. I wonder how you all cope with seeing the LCD in bright sunlight, at least well enough to frame accurately? At least with the DP2M the view is wide enough to be able to judge quite well what you will get in the frame but I am not so sure about the DP3M. Also, I assume that a monopod or tripod is a given?

    Lee
    There is no problem to use the screen even in bright sunlight. Just urban legend. This is sure that it can be problematic if you keep your polarized sunglasses on your nose Since I have the DP3m, I never use tripod (will maybe for landscape at 100ISO). I use ISO instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Great shots in this thread. I wonder how you all cope with seeing the LCD in bright sunlight, at least well enough to frame accurately? At least with the DP2M the view is wide enough to be able to judge quite well what you will get in the frame but I am not so sure about the DP3M. Also, I assume that a monopod or tripod is a given?

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    I use a hoodman loupe, and a tripod for all long exposures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ute View Post
    I use a hoodman loupe, and a tripod for all long exposures.
    +1 Same here.

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    22h35


    1000ISO
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    Video of the back stage, by the DP3m. Of course, this is a SIGMA DP video, this mean you need to seek art beyond the crappiness of the quality

    Tiphaine 22h35 - YouTube

    Hope you'll enjoy, this was her first shoot with me.
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    Love the Bladerunner music =)
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    Expo floor model at UniquePhoto expo 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by usathyan View Post
    Expo floor model at UniquePhoto expo 2013

    Hmmm...
    Exactly what sort of Expo is this? :-)

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    Floating in cereals !! 1000 ISO

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    First real tests of the DP3M

    OK, finally got around to going out just with the DP3M alone. Like its wider sibling it is capable of superb results. Actually, at higher iso I like the way it turns noise into grain. This is better than other cameras which try to dismiss noise as looking like grain, when in fact it is dirty noise.

    I like the bokeh on the lens, I can't see it as any different to Leica 50 and 75 lenses I used to own:


    Colours straight out of the camera are very nice too (taken under overcast light)


    This is an interesting combination of signs, just off London's Brick Lane:


    The traditional rag trade of Brick Lane has been supplanted in recent years by new technology:
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    Life!
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    @ Louis: if this thing had an EVF, I'd be ALL over it! Lovely OOF characteristics, for sure.
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    In the street

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    TÍte de clou:

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    The Bow River winds it's way along the foot of Castle Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta. Sometimes the most beautiful views are no work at all. This is taken right alongside the highway that travels through the park about halfway between Banff and Lake Louise.

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    WoW!

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    I continue to be amazed at the ability to capture very fine detail . . .





    Here's a link to a full size image: http://rsadams.smugmug.com/Other/Fin...O/_SDI0110.jpg
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    "At the going down of the sun" - as I left the RAF Museum at Hendon on Friday (June 21st) I managed to catch the sunset on the longest day in line with the static display of the Spitfire. I thought it rather poignant to see the local air cadets practising their 'square bashing' in the background.

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    Detroit











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    About a 100% crop

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    Jalil Naciri, French actor, producer and film maker, played in Taken and Munich. Young and talented guy !!

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    Rand47, that is so sharp it almost hurts to view it. Great textures and tones.

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    Mt. Everest shot with DP3M from window seat on Druk Air, on route to Paro, Bhutan.



    For larger image click here.
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    Wow. First of all, I really like the image -- rugged and ethereal at the same time. Secondly, I've read so many narratives of climbs of Everest that this particularly resonated with me. Thanks for giving us all a look. --Barbara
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    Well, I don't really want to be discouraging, but having been to the Everest region several times, the topology doesn't really look like it. Here is a picture that I took, flying from Paro to Kathmandu, also on Druk Air; Everest is the highest peak, with Lhotse to the right, and the ridge from Lhotse to Nuptse, on the left, running in front of Everest. (In Tibetan, Lho is south, and Nup is west, i.e. south peak and west peak).

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    @Arjuna, you could be right in this...my comparison was based on what the pilot said when flying over, and my comparison on shape based on wikipedia entry (Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Everest from Drukair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

    If you view full size of the image above, and compare the shape...to me, it looks like this is it...however, heavily clouded and shrouded in fog...plus, this was shot the reverse way (Delhi to Paro) - plus, the air route would be different....a different angle.

    Nevertheless - the intention of sharing this was because I was blown away with the resolution and quality of the image i got from a casual shot through the window....

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    Owl Trench Cemetary, Hebuterne, Pas de Calais France



    ... and what we found behind the wall surrounding it...

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    This is a short write up of my feelings about the DP3M after about 2 months of ownership.

    PROS: Very high image quality and lovely out of focus areas wide open. Lightweight but quality construction, simple controls. Addition of macro to FOCUS mode. Sharp even at f2.8.

    CONS: Focus hunting which gets worse the closer the subject. Strange squeaky lens a bit offputting. Unbalanced in shape with large objective on relatively slim body.

    To be honest I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this camera. When it is good, it is very, very good. But when it misbehaves it is useless. The main problem is slowness and often failure to focus on near objects. When you consider this is classed as a macro lens then this is a serious failing. I regularly miss shots, especially of insects because the lens is hunting and missing focus. My DP2M seems to lock focus very quickly but not the DP3M.

    Below are some very successful macro shots from today. There is no argument with the IQ which is outstanding. But the only successful regime I have found for using this lens in macro mode is to mount it on a tripod and use manual focus. This is fine for static subjects but I am used to being able to being opportunistic with my GH-2 and 45/2.8 (alas now sold via eBay) and this lens does not work quickly or predictably on focus.

    I was all for selling this camera and moving on until I processed my photographs today. How long the reprieve will be depends on whether I really can deal with the quirky focus issues with this lens.

    All photos were converted to 16-bit TIFFS in SPP5.5.2 and then imported into LR3.6. In SPP I mainly either reduced exposure to protect highlight and/or boosted XR3 fill-light. But in fact the photos required very little adjustment.

    I did very little post processing in LR other than to crop and occasionally boost the saturation or contrast (as I find in RAW the DPxM cameras lack both).

    The first four photographs are all manually focussed on tripod. The last two, iirc, were handheld.

    Nigella, or "Love In A Mist" - the treatment here was to shoot at f3.2 - a sweet spot for many lenses so I got a sharp centre but diffuse background.



    Stopped down you absolutely cannot fault the detail you can pull from an image even at very close focus.



    The lens, or is it the sensor - or both - really does create spectacular colours when some XR3 fill-light and a boost of saturation is used. Again, check out the creamy out of focus areas.



    Detail, as expected from a Foveon camera is amazing - notice the individual beads of pollen on the stamens - normally these would be blobby and not so distinct.



    Probably my favourite picture of the day and another example of the beautiful rendition of oof areas. In my opinion 'bokehlicious'



    Crop from another plant but the same insect. In this case you can see the astonishing detail of the carapace and head being covered in pollen.


    There you have it, my most successful shoot to date of macro-type subjects with the DP3M. Perhaps it is worth working harder to achieve such results but I either need to invest in a Hoodman (or similar) loupe and possible a ring flash if I am to achieve consistent results.
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    Fantastic photos, Louis. How close do you have to get before the AF becomes a problem. Is it only a problem in macro mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Fantastic photos, Louis. How close do you have to get before the AF becomes a problem. Is it only a problem in macro mode?
    Jorgen

    It seems to be a problem, for me, for anything which is in the 0-1.5 metre range. For landscape work, which is nearly always at infinity or over 1.5 metres it works fine.

    Thanks for the comment.

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    Great stuff, Louis.

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    Just spotted this review by Ming Thein who has a good reputation amongst, especially, Leica photographers. His conclusion about the DP3M "As it is, this camera challenges the very best of the 35mm full frame DSLRs on image quality; it’s probably better than the previous generation of medium format digital backs, too. And it still beats the current ones on high ISO performance."

    Well worth reading.

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    DP3M, classic blue, vivid and b&w with silver efex.
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    Almost ready to harvest.



    ... and just because I think it interesting to see the difference taken with the DP2M...

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    Love them both, biglouis. I know you didn't ask, but I'll say I prefer the DP-2 version!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mezzoduomo View Post
    Love them both, biglouis. I know you didn't ask, but I'll say I prefer the DP-2 version!
    I tend to agree with you as I know from previous experience that a DP2M frame will easily print to 30x20 and I think those wheat stalks would look good.

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