Hi all, I have been using Minolta/sony digitals almost exclusively since the introduction of the KM A1. Not for any other reason than it was what I liked. I have gotten very used to the cameras, controls, and manipulation of the files in PP. That said I recently jumped ship so to speak and bought this DP2m and am really enjoying the IQ this lil black brick creates. I am sure I will buy more of these as time goes on.
Yesterday Charle2 made a post about setting the sharpening to -1 and positions for two of the noise reduction sliders to the left of center position. I tried these and he was spot on it did make a difference. But, anyone who has worked with Sony 24mp apc sensors knows moving to less NR and sharpening just never is a good thing to do so these moves never crossed my mind with PP sigma files either.
Michiel and others have graciously offered me some SPP and camera starting points to try and those too have been spot on. I thought that a best practice thread and discussion maybe a good thing for new DP users such as me and for the more experienced users who may like me just never thought to make this or that adjustment due to their past practices with other cameras and makes.
Here's what I have found so far in using my DP2m for scenics: I set the color to Neutral in camera..... the white balance the jury is still out on for me and I usually am shooting AWB..... always shoot iso 100.... now using a UV filter due to IQ suggestions of others.... the sigma hood with a neoprene hood hat.. a Franiec grip... and a manifrotto hotshoe bubble level... I shoot M or A, center weighted metering, manual focus mostly, and a exp comp of +3 - +7, using a 2 sec delay shutter on a light tripod. Now, these are my goto "starting points" for my scenics but I do make other adjustments as needed.
In SPP I am using the custom setting with the exposure set back a bit -.7, sharpening to -1, Croma NR set far left and luma NR set 1st position left, my color wheel setting is halfway from center to the 0300 position, and that is pretty much it then I export a full size 16bit tiff to my desktop to be finessed in other PP software if needed.....which usually isn't needed now.
Those are my starting points for my camera and SPP..... but as I said I am very new with this camera and PP software. Lots of the stated items above are pretty SOP stuff and of little help but maybe it just might help someone looking for a place to start.
How about you all..... would you care to share your goto initial camera and SPP settings so others may see something or try a setting they never considered due to their past practices? I know it sounds like a lame thing to post but I am sure I was not the only one so set in his ways with another make camera and PP techniques that the settings Charles suggested NEVER would of been considered by me if he had not of posted them and I gave them a try........... How about it? Care to share? Who know if we see trends maybe Sigma might make some product software changes to take care of them for us.