Tag: Sigma SD1 Merrill

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The Beauty and the Beast: Sigma DP3M vs 50mm f1.4 Art + SD1M (Part 2)

In the first part of this comparison I tested the sharpness of the two cameras, or rather of the two lenses, at a very short distance to the motif (~1.8m). Even though the 50/2.8 is an extraordinary lens, it had to bow to the “beast”. The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM Art, being much bigger, much ...

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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

“To buy or not to buy?”, that was the question when I was having to make a decision on whether I should order the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or not. Arguments against buying were the facts that, one, portraits are not amongst my favourite motifs, and two, my needs for a shorter telephoto ...

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Repetition is the mother of all studies, but simply starting to take pictures is much more fun

During some photo tours I try to focus on only a small, limited number of motifs – e.g. only cats or dogs – in order to achieve better results through repetition. As the ancient Romans already knew: the mother of all studies is repetition. This rather useful learning method can, however, sometimes lead to boredom ...

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Taking photos of flowers is everything but easy

One should think that, due to their beauty, flowers would be the perfect motif. However, it is precisely because of their beauty, so easily visible even to the untrained eye, that I have always considered taking pictures of them to be rather difficult. The main challenge is not taking a picture and showing them how ...

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Was SPP always so fast in Monochrome Mode?

Satisfied with the photos taken during the last photo walk, I’ve decided to convert most of the photos taken this time around to black-and-white as well. Although I’ve developed black-and-white and color photos side-by-side many a time in the past and always felt that the monochrome mode was faster, I’ve never observed such an extreme ...

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The Beauty and the Beast: Sigma DP3M vs 50mm f1.4 Art + SD1M (part 1)

Just a few minutes ago I finished developing the test photos and uploading them to Flickr, and now I am extremely happy that I am not working as an editor at DPReview or another review site. 😉 If I had to do these tests every day, I am sure the work would make me lose ...

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Once more in black and white

One learns faster if one specializes in just one area, but I think that some occasional variety is quite healthy. Doing always just the same could, after all, eventually one off from enjoying one’s hobby. Apart from that, taking pictures in black and white can be quite liberating. The photographic process appears to be easier ...

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Another photo walk with the Sigma 50mm f1.4mm Art

Having bought a new lens, I did what many photographers do, I used my first photo walk with the 50/1.4 Art mainly for taking test shots and familiarizing myself with the lens. Most of the pictures I took at wide open aperture, for two reasons: first, because such photos are the easiest way to determine ...

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815g of brute imaging force: my Sigma 50mm f1.4 has arrived!

As a Sigma DP owner one is well-acquainted with the extraordinary image quality of the fixed/ non-changeable DP lenses and appreciates them very much. However, one does wonder from time to time whether there is something better, or if there are lenses that can match this degree of sharpness while also sporting wider apertures. Well, ...

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A small end-of-the-year review: my TOP 30 photos of 2014

I’m a mediocre photographer, who casually speaking shoots a lot of crappy photos. I delete most of them right after capturing them. For the majority of the shots, that make it through the deleting frenzy during a photo walk, my PC’s hard drive is only an intermediate station - recycle bin being the final destination. ...