Tag: Sigma DP2 Merrill

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Rust

In my opinion rust can transform many trivial objects into interesting photo motifs. I find cars, for example, rather boring, but in my view rust can make them photogenic and worth photographing. Many old and rusty vehicles are littered with interesting detail, which begs to be photographed from up close. Sometimes rust can transform a ...

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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 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 ...

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Sigma DP2Q vs DP2M Part 2: Highlight headroom

After several forum entries regarding the narrow dynamic range of the Quattro, especially the small reserves in the highlights, I started my own comparison with the DP2 Merrill to literally see for myself. The whole venture turned out more difficult than I initially thought. At the first try (aperture priority), exposure times didn’t match. At ...

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Sigma DP2Q vs DP2M Part 1: Noise Performance

Like I promised a few days ago, I’m now posting the noise performance comparison of the DP2 Quattro and the DP2 Merrill. Before I proceed to analyse the results, I would first like to say some things about in-camera settings as well as SPP and Lightroom settings. I haven’t taken any photos at ISO6400, because ...

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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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The Essential Differences between the Sigma DP2 Quattro and the DP2 Merrill

As the Sigma DP2 Quattro has been officially announced a week ago, we will have a look at crucial changes/enhancements in comparison to the DP2 Merrill. First thing that leaps to the eye is the new design with the rather particular grip and the bigger measures. While the Quattro is only a few millimeters higher ...

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Comparison: DP2 Merrill vs. Sigma SD1M & 30mm f/1.4 ART

I’ve already compared the DP2M to the 30mm f/1.4 EX (Part 1,Part 2) and discovered that DP’s lens is much sharper. I’ve also compared the two 30mm lenses, the EX and the new ART (Part 1,Part 2). The only thing left to do is to compare the DP2M with the new ART on the SD1M. ...

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Black and White

Some photographers are of the opinion that good light is crucial. Others, on the other hand, hold that it is depending on the subject whether a photo is perceived as boring or great. Whatever is most important, in this dark time of year I most of all miss light, no matter if it’s good or ...

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A little Bit of Everything

Lately, I only took my compact cameras with me, the DP2M and the DP3M. As chance would have it, very different subjects popped up in front of my camera. Everything from dogs and cats, to macros with the Marumi achromatic lens and light effects to high-ISO-shots is included. As it currently looks light-wise, I will ...