Well, that's a strange comparison to ask for..., especially for a first post on LuLa.
Hi Bart, would you agree that's better than asking something that's already been answered somewhere?
I have been a long time lurker here but never signed up until now because I usually find what I need.
The handling of those cameras alone is so vastly different that it makes hardly any sense to compare them on image quality. If you can't make the shot to begin with, you can't compare.
I understand that they are two completely different systems and that is why I narrowed it down to the factors that are the most important to me as mainly a landscape photographer
For an objective answer to that question one should look at a site like DxOMark.com, but they have no in depth technical test for the DP3 Merrill. The EOS-6D looks good enough for most purposes with some 11.4 stops DR on sensor (12.1 on equivalent print size).
Yes, I searched on DxOMark and came up with nothing. I suspect they don't have much data on Foveon sensors due to their testing methodologies being suited for Bayer filter based sensors. Most of the data on these cameras is anecdotal and that's what prompted me to make a post here.
I doubt it makes much of a difference, since you are comparing a camera with an AA-filter with a camera without one. Then the slightly higher number of sensels (5568 vs 4800 horizontally, or 16% more) for the EOS-6D isn't going to make a world of difference. Of course the TS-E 24mm II is hard to beat in that FOV range, and it can achieve focus and perspective effects that only such a lens design could.
Of course you are correct. The motivation behind my question is that I'm seriously GASsing for a DP1m or DP2m (haven't made up my mind yet) and I want to know what I'm paying for apart from the magical process of making an exposure and ridiculous resolution of detail and dare I say it, that 'magical' mysterious quality in the images.
I want to know if there's indeed some thing that I am going to gain from the DPxM cameras that I don't already get from my 6D + TS-E 24 II. I love that combination and do not plan on getting rid of it.
I'm not very worried about the FOV because I'm comfortable with stitching.
I think it's not an either/or choice, but rather would you want to spend the additional money to have both for different types of use...
Absolutely and that's exactly why I narrowed it down to the two factors that would affect my decision. If I do not gain a lot over the system I already have, I would have a hard time spending $800 and justifying the purchase.
The Merrill should be fun for light travel, but has it's quirks e.g. with regards to higher ISO and sometimes color. The Canon is a system camera with lots of possible accessories for specific uses. Hard to compare ...
Absolutely. I have downloaded a lot of X3F files from a website (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_sigma_dp1_3.php
) and have been playing around in SPP and also SPP -> export as TIFF to LR.
So far I have not been able to make up my mind. The files do contain a lot of information and pushing shadows and pulling highlights does seem to work great, but from my non-scientific comparisons, I don't see much being offered over the kit I currently use.
But there is something 'magical' when I look at the overall image. I just want to know if that's my rose-tinted glasses powered by GAS/gear lust or there actually is a 'look' that these cameras have that's unique to these cameras.
I was hoping if someone knew of any resources that compare photos from these cameras (or any Canon full frame + TS-E 24 II) could point me in that direction.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
PS: Hello Luminous Landscape! Thank you for your great reviews/resources and stunning images over the years!