Category: Compact Camera

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Overexposure Paranoia with the DP2 Quattro

Before you can shoot technically good photos with a new camera, you first have to familiarize yourself with it. You should follow your own instinct instead of listening to other people’s opinions. I made the mistake of relying too much on reviews – especially on the allegations of the Quattro having more dynamic range in ...

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My Sigma DP2 Quattro has arrived!

A few days ago, my Quattro arrived and I’ve already used the opportunity to take some snaps. The first shots aren’t very special but give me the chance to get a feeling for the camera. Better pictures will follow soon. Meanwhile, I can say that the camera feels much faster than the DP2 Merrill. The ...

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My 10 best macro photos taken without a ‘real’ macro lens

When people speak of a ‘real macro’, they usually mean a lens which can achieve a magnification ratio of at least 1:1. Lenses which cannot do that cannot be called macro lenses – at least according to many self-proclaimed photography experts in forums. Personally, I think that people tend to make the same mistake regarding ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: List of all upcoming Lenses and Cameras

New DP2 Quattro sample images and reviews are published on a daily basis, but we mustn’t forget that Sigma is, above all, a lens manufacturer, and that many new lenses are currently being worked on in Aizu. 😉 Several days ago, Sigma-Rumors posted a list of all lenses and cameras that are rumored to be in ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: first DP2Q RAWs/X3Fs, comparisons with the Merrill, additional samples and more

Less than a week since the last post about the DP2 Quattro and already the first RAWs/X3Fs, comparisons with the Merrill and additional JPG samples have been published. You can download the X3Fs on the Japanese blog shin3.asablo.jp (red links), on ephotozine.com and on the Blog of one of the Fotogenerell regular readers (Jean Pierre). ...

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Sigma News & Rumors: DP Quattro RRP, availability and Lenses for Fuji X

Shortly after the 50mm f/1.4 Art had been introduced by Sigma, it was discussed and tested heavily on review sites (here I posted an overview of the currently available reviews, sample pics and videos). Then, the gossiping seemed to normalize again. The past couple of weeks Sigma-related news mostly focused on firmware/software updates and the ...

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One shouldn’t underestimate compact cameras

Unexperienced photo lovers tend to tremendously underestimate any camera smaller than a (D)SLR. The photo gadget has to be huge, offer vast expandability and have at least a good dozen buttons and dials. Old hands know that it is the photographer who takes the picture and have a more pragmatic way of thinking about equipment. ...

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Over 100 Photos with 5000+ Clicks each!

Several months ago I’ve created a photo set on Flickr named 5000+ Clicks. At the time I was happy that at least some of my photos were attracting this much attention. As I went through my Flickr stream today, I discovered that there are now over 100 with more than 5000 clicks respectively. On the ...

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Macro, what else?

Today I was out and about again with my standard macro setup, the Sigma DP3 Merrill and the Marumi DHG200. Plenty of sun and hardly any wind – perfect conditions for a macro walkabout. And wherever you looked: tiny six-legged monsters, it can’t get better than that. You don’t even have to look closely, just ...

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The Hanged Mosquito

  The following picture of a mosquito caught in a spiderweb could well be one of my best macros. When it comes to image ratio, it is nothing out of the ordinary, the DP3M, paired with the Marumi DHG200 achromatic lens, could perform distinctly better. But of all macros I took in the last years, I like ...