Category: Compact Camera

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Good Light must be Harnessed

As I haven’t posted any comparisons or image editing experiments since my last photo posting, I haven’t got any further Foveon tips and insights for you at the moment. However, I will soon compare the shadow and color rendering and saturation of the two Foveons (Quattro and Merrill) under real photo conditions. For the purpose ...

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SPP 6.X.X: Color Mode „Portrait“

With the 6th version of SPP additional color modes were introduced. Currently Sigma’s RAW converter has 10 of these modes, whereby some of them – like “Sunset Red” and “Cinema” – are somewhat gimmicky. With the Merrills and SPP 5.X.X „neutral“ was, or rather still is, the color mode of my choice. With the Quattro ...

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How to revive your passion for photography?

As someone who loves warm temperatures and sunlight, during the cold season I feel like a fish out of water. Even more depressing than the cold I find long nights and short, gloomy days. The cold season is the wrong element for us photographers, hungry for beautiful light. Photography is very challenging hobby anyhow, but ...

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Product Photography with the Sigma DP3 Merrill and a Smartphone as the ONLY light source

Recently, I’ve read this post on the DIYPhotography website, which has a video tutorial on how to take good product pictures with a smartphone or tablet as a single source of light. Because you usually need either several flash units or expensive studio lighting, for this kind of photography, I have been teased by the ...

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Some Long Exposures with the Sigma DP2 Quattro

I haven’t been doing long exposures for a perceived eternity. The last time must have been in Winter 2012/2013. “Armed” with the SD1 Merrill, the 10-20mm f/3.5, the 18-250mm OS Macro HSM and a tripod, I visited and photographed some of the most beautiful city areas of Belgrade, such as the pedestrian areas at Zemun ...

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Photos from the previous Photo Tour with the DP2Q

Once again, I was out taking pictures with the Quattro – this time in very soft and flat light. On the whole, I am happy with the results. Slowly, it dawns on me how exactly I need to edit pictures taken under a cloudy sky. For me, the difficulty so far was to correctly adjust ...

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I sold the DP2M and kept the Quattro

Even though the DP2M is better in some respect – as for instance regarding the dynamic range in the highlights and the higher micro contrast – I deem the DP2Q the better camera. In my opinion, you can take sharp, high resolution pictures in the ideal range (between ISO 100-400) with both cameras. The Quattro ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: first test reports and sample images of the DP1 Quattro and the 150-600mm Sports

Amazed about how fast time flies, I’m sitting in front of my notebook to write this blogpost. I could have sworn that not even three weeks have passed since the first samples of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 have gotten published – but in fact, it was 6 weeks. In the meantime the lens found its ...

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Review: Sigma DP2 Quattro

I believe I don’t exaggerate if I say that there is a debate about the new Quattro sensor within the Sigma community. Since Sigma has presented its newest Foveon, there are discussions about the pros and cons of the new unorthodox design. A part of the sigma users doesn’t like the in relation to the ...

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Sigma DP2Q vs DP2M Part 3: how noisy are the shadows?

As I have already compared the Quattro and the Merrill with regard to noise performance and highlight headroom, the only thing left to scrutinize are the shadows, particularly the noise in them. A short comment, before I start explaining my approach and analyzing the results: the comparison of the highlights has shown that the Merrill ...