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    Swap DP2M for DP3M

    Hi all!

    I find myself shooting a lot more portraits, so I find myself wanting a longer focal length.

    Is there anyone who finds his DP3M to be too restrictive?

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    Do you shoot portraits handheld in available light or in a studio?

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    Mostly handheld in available light. I like how the DP3 isolates the subject, but I fear it won't be practical outdoors.

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    You know the iso range limits for color accuracy, don't you?
    With DP3M I wouldn't risk shooting portraits at speeds lower than 1/100 sec.
    If you think of shooting in bright days remember that shutter speed is maxed out @ 1/1250 for f/2.8. Native iso for Merrills is 200.
    I don't wish to discourage you from shooting portraits with DP3M but it's going to be quite a challenging task.

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    Yeah, I do. It's just the focal length of the DP3 is intriguing to me.

    I like my DP2 though. I'll wait and see if I can adjust my shooting more.

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    The DP3 makes an outstanding portrait camera - rivaling medium format digital image quality. You can always use ND filters and/or flash. The DP3 Merrill will sync @1/2000th @f/5.6.

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    I think I'm ok with my Dp2M now. Working on head and shoulder shots, I did this with it yesterday:





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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    Quote Originally Posted by Malina DZ View Post
    Do you shoot portraits handheld in available light or in a studio?
    Hello,

    I have the same Question, I used my DP3 for landscape etc. now I am being asked to do portraiture, which I would love to use it for the image quality and large files so I can print big, and I have seen some samples here and around the web.

    I'll be using it in studio with controlled lighting mainly with a tripod, the style I'll be shooting is adults, corporate/executive style, not fashion or running kids. I already know the restrictions of this camera, slow processing, restricted ISO.

    What type of lighting can I use? Can I use continuous lighting like fluorescent or LED, how much power do I need so I can stay with low ISO/Shutter before the image starts to break down and defeats the purpose of using this camera.

    I am especially interested in the new LED lighting kits from this company fiilix its LED with the compactness of mono lights. or from Westcott The SkyLux LED - Dimmable Daylight LED for Motion and Still Capture

    Your help, and anyone who has the experience to use this camera for portraiture would be immensely appreciated.

    Thank you all.

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    Quote Originally Posted by Abe_doubleU View Post
    I have the same Question...
    Send a PM to Hulyss Bowman, he has a lot of experience with DP3M in studio work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malina DZ View Post
    Send a PM to Hulyss Bowman, he has a lot of experience with DP3M in studio work.

    I did I hope he will reply.

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    dp2m will distort close up face shots

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    Re: Swap DP2M for DP3M

    The DP3m is a tad bit short for portraits (it still deform a bit) but it is the most capable of all foveon based camera for this discipline.

    Sorry for the late answer, I have hard time tracking all over the web.

    For lightnings, the best is flash. The more your flash and diffuser are good the more you end result will be awesome. I personally use Broncolor Para but you might find cheaper with Elinchrom.

    The Foveon respond very well to led, better than the Leica S2 or D800. I do not know why. With foveon all is smooth and with Bayer you get posterisation.

    So either you have huge led setup, or Mandarine, or you can simply run under flash (less money on the electricity bill )
    Kind regards - Hulyss - hulyssbowman.com

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