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Equipment & Techniques => Cameras, Lenses and Shooting gear => Topic started by: palpman on June 19, 2013, 08:02:50 am

Title: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 19, 2013, 08:02:50 am
This year I attempted to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Unfortunately, 700 miles in I had to quit because of a stress fracture...

I took the DP2M for this trip, as the landscapes in the desert are foveonic, and overall I'm not disappointed. I have had a few problems in some shots though, I'm not sure if it's because of motion blur (even at 1/125 s, all my pics are handheld shots, and sometime it was very windy) or maybe I was too much in a hurry sometimes and pressed the button too soon before the focus was locked. Also, I may have been too stubborn with 100 ISO shooting - actually up to 800 ISO the DP2M performs well IMO, and it's better to have a little bit of noise instead of motion blur, at least it is manageable... Anyways, it is definitely a camera that has a certain learning curve and I'm still learning how to use it properly. The Merrills are actually a good school to learn proper photography: in a way they are unforgiving but that forces you to take better pictures at first place by being more methodological and patient. I have to be more patient.

Still, I have taken the DP2M on a 6-week backpacking trip in Southern California, I'm not an experienced photographer, so this camera might not be as silly as some would say. What I mean it that the DP2M is actually an easy camera to operate, because it is simple, and although it has some flaws (I think of battery life and speed), it is perfectly possible to use it in any conditions. It only requires some effort to get familiar with this "alien" camera. I'm not a "chain gun" shooter, I used to take only about 30 pictures per day. So it was possible for me to last a whole week with 3-4 batteries and recharge them in town stops. And for longer stretches, I used the battery pack/SAC-5 with and USB cable system - which worked great, although the cable was sometimes annoying.

Here are a few samples (any comments are welcome, help me improve!)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0569.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0589.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0623.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0719.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0723.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0761.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0792.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0950.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI1008.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI1043.jpg)
Title: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith on June 19, 2013, 02:52:58 pm
Great set of images.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on June 21, 2013, 06:18:43 am
Some pics from Ronda (Malaga, Spain).

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/9097515964_6a9680b048_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9097515964/)
_SDI0954 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9097515964/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://l2.yimg.com/sj/2835/9095302627_eeaf27c8d7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9095302627/)
_SDI0956 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9095302627/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3716/9097524518_16c277dc19_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9097524518/)
_SDI0957 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9097524518/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9095313047_5059191c2f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9095313047/)
_SDI0955 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9095313047/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 22, 2013, 12:15:27 pm
Here are a couple of stiched panoramas examples, handheld, works pretty well with the Merrill:

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0361-_SDI0364.jpg)

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0525-_SDI0526.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on June 22, 2013, 07:26:17 pm
Very nice panoramas, especially the first!!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on June 23, 2013, 05:35:41 am
A few more from MŠlaga.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/9112845723_5f419f28f7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9112845723/)
_SDI0998 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9112845723/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7368/9115484932_9b84fed10b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9115484932/)
_SDI1001 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9115484932/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2846/9112863085_3a0aaf1d13_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9112863085/)
_SDI1008 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9112863085/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 23, 2013, 05:46:10 am
Thanks juan,

Here's another one:

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/LLPCT/_SDI0349-_SDI0351.jpg)

EDIT: BTW, if you right.click and then choose "view image", the image is displayed at a higher resolution.  ;)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: BernardLanguillier on June 23, 2013, 10:01:19 am
Japan, Hakuba.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2821/9114806449_e24a0fc2a9_o.jpg).

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: allegretto on June 23, 2013, 10:05:13 am
are any of these HDR'ed?

If not, stunning DR in some of those shots
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 23, 2013, 10:18:27 am
No HDR here my friend :) This camera is definitely special!
Title: Sigma DPM Trio shootout on a photo workshop trip
Post by: neways on June 23, 2013, 03:57:38 pm
As a travel and landscape photographer I always try to take the best equipment I have to get the top quality images. But unfortunately they are also the heaviest on my back. With the new technology of the digital photography I managed to reduce the weight wile still keep the comparable image quality from 4x5 view camera to medium format digital back and finally to Canon 5D Mark III. I never thought I will shoot anything lighter than that until I found the incredible Sigma DPM series. I first bought the DP2M, then DP1M, and just acquired DP3M to complete the system. The more I shoot with these little wonders the more I get hooked with the resolution and unique Foveon look on the images.

Last month I got a chance to really challenge the trio on a Photo Workshop in China. As a leader of the group I know I can't concentrate 100% on shooting myself, so for the first time in my professional career I left my pro gear at home and only took the three Sigma DPMs. My main goal on this trip was to shoot candid shots of the workshop participants. I already know the superior quality of these little gems but I was still a little bit worried their capability to replace my trusty DSLR completely on this 14 days international photo tour. Well, now I am back and processed some of the images I shot there and I can say the trio made it very well! The images produced by them are gorgeous! I share a few with you guys here and let me know what you think.

Now I am so glad I will hike much longer trails and climb much higher mountains with these feather light cameras!

Thanks,

John

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/2a1b6a6c54914237bd1cdf6952cdeedd)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/aef0975b289b4485a665345ad0471a6e)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/155c941a44f149eab61a11a12ecfafc6)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/bc6ddbb43f3f498f8d040c73ab3e5fbd)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/d520e3ea801c40cd9690ca61e5c14df4)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/113bf8f9fa7049b4b936dd36d294ae4a)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/4c6581d6a2974123a4aaa9339913af3a)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/3fd99c17f41043e083c595529ca255d0)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/2c9a59de88a041579ff3d88a0265c6b9)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/812e0a390a80462da1ef8ad110d0c973)

(http://www.dpreview.com/files/t/f058c605e1224b7288571d885b33b1c6)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: billh on June 23, 2013, 08:06:44 pm
I like every photo posted on this page, and can imagine each of them being a favorite of someone, but the last two by neways are special beyond what Iíve come to expect by looking at the DP M images. 

I understand exactly what you mean by the wonder of carrying a small lightweight camera this capable. Many of us can remember carrying 4 x 5s (or larger), loading film folders in hotel bathrooms at night, or medium format cameras with heavy lenses like the Rollei 6008. I love the quality of the D800E, but after noticing Reed Reports referring to the images as being engraved with a razor blade, and seeing myriad posts by Hulyss and others, I rented the DP2M and DP3M. I used the DP3M twice as much as the DP2M, but ordered the 2M because I wanted to use it for one event along with the D800E and a long lens. It looks like small, high image quality cameras are the wave of the (near) future. Probably a good thing for us older guys!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: allegretto on June 23, 2013, 08:16:07 pm
truly amazing stuff

just wondering if I should wait for Sigma Foveon 2.0

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 24, 2013, 05:15:20 am
Excellent stuff, neways.

There is definitely something special with these cameras, something unique that no other digital camera has. It's like another dimension, things are more life-like. IMO this technology is the first to compete with film.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on June 28, 2013, 10:33:25 am
These are fron Huelva (Spain)  ;)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/9159155506_a60850f80d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159155506/)
_SDI1015 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159155506/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/9159148734_8593fe03c7_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159148734/)
_SDI1016 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159148734/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/9156901275_d1200770ef_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9156901275/)
_SDI1023 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9156901275/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2842/9159141860_898858cf0e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159141860/)
_SDI1017 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159141860/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/9159118690_f6876265be_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159118690/)
_SDI1044 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159118690/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3695/9156887377_4d3208def8_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9156887377/)
_SDI1048 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9156887377/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/9159097258_f28c509b3e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159097258/)
_SDI1052 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9159097258/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on June 28, 2013, 04:21:51 pm
The rendering of the water in the 2 first shots is a reason why I like the Foveon look that much.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on July 11, 2013, 11:10:23 am
And now from Sierra Nevada (Spain)  ;)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3701/9263371704_c96c92bd97_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263371704/)
_SDI1071 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263371704/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/9263351550_a52aaec543_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263351550/)
_SDI1073 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263351550/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/9263361716_cf58a85401_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263361716/)
_SDI1075 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263361716/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3834/9263282766_f111e574ef_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263282766/)
_SDI1087 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9263282766/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: 3-4-tuuut on July 12, 2013, 12:23:34 pm
@Juan: Nice pix and thanks for posting! This thread, unlike the old one, seems quite dead.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 17, 2013, 08:21:45 am
As a new owner I'm in the snapping away like crazy phase just to see what I get.  There are great images in this thread, but it sure is kinda dead.  Here's a few while going to the local DAV at the American Legion. Having had a stroke some years ago, I can't hand-hold a camera worth a darn.  I didn't have a tripod with me.  On the locomotive images, I had to rest the camera on top of the surrounding fence and while balancing myself.

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 17, 2013, 09:19:21 pm
The DP2M has me out of the Lurkers closet.  A few more... I notice that Firefox is pretty much accurate in displaying the images.  I'm hoping to post more often.  In that regard, any comments would be appreciated.  And its been really sunny and hot the past 5-6 days in the Chicagoland area. If the images look bright, it reflects the lighting at the time.

BTW, the alley photo is the rear of the local American Legion in Hammond. You enter the DAV from that side.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 17, 2013, 10:08:54 pm
2 more with 100% crops.   
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 17, 2013, 10:41:33 pm
Some 100% crops from the locomotives.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Rand47 on July 17, 2013, 11:49:59 pm
Amazing, isn't it?  I keep being amazed and continually surprised at the ability of these little bricks to capture and render such amazing detail!  Nice work. 

Rand
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Pete_G on July 18, 2013, 05:37:14 am
Juan,

Great shots. In the last shot is that the road that goes over the Sierra Nevada from Granada to Capileira? If it is, is the road driveable in a normal car?
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 19, 2013, 09:22:44 am
I wish I had the DP2M with me while stationed in Thailand.   I bought my first slr, the Canon FTb, while over there.  I was really excited.  I was in that phase of snapping away like crazy like I'm now.  Most guys shot b&w as the film and photos would be back in a week.  Color was sent stateside and take months, often after when you finished your tour.  This camera and thread inspired me to come out of the shadows and share.  Any and all comments are welcome.   I'm in western NY visiting my sister, and I'll go wild there.  I'll have to install SPP on her computer ;)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on July 21, 2013, 12:17:16 pm
Juan,

Great shots. In the last shot is that the road that goes over the Sierra Nevada from Granada to Capileira? If it is, is the road driveable in a normal car?

Hi Pete, is a different road. It's the road from Granada to Sierra Nevada ski resort. This road continues to Mount Veleta and is only passable by walking.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on July 24, 2013, 06:33:37 pm
Hi all, I have a question about using SPP. When I press the button "Full Res" sometimes get in the window "Fit in" 27.2% and sometimes 40.8%. Someone knows why this happens?
Thanks
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 25, 2013, 11:42:43 pm
It depends if the image displayed is in portrait or landscape mode.  40.8% is 3/2 times 27.2%; the image file height/width proportion.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: K.C. on July 26, 2013, 02:44:47 am
It depends if the image displayed is in portrait or landscape mode.  40.8% is 3/2 times 27.2%; the image file height/width proportion.

Bingo !
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on July 26, 2013, 04:33:36 am
It depends if the image displayed is in portrait or landscape mode.  40.8% is 3/2 times 27.2%; the image file height/width proportion.

Thanks Andrija but I think that's not the reason. I almost always shot in landscape orientation...
Thanks
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on July 26, 2013, 03:22:28 pm
I'm including 2 screen captures: the image in SPP is in landscape mode, then rotated to display it in portrait mode.  The "full res" is clicked on, and the "fit in" percentages are 23.3% and 15.6%.  I'm using my sister's HP computer with an uncalibrated monitor res of 1600x900, and image size in the DP2M is on HI.  Medium and low size levels would show different percentages.  Sorry if the image looks crumby; it looks way-blue on her system.  I hope this helps.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on July 27, 2013, 07:50:00 pm
Thanks Andrija, I believed I had seen 27,2% in a landscape picture :-)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: 3-4-tuuut on July 29, 2013, 11:25:25 am
House in Borgholm, Sweden. I love the yellow color. It shows also the slight barrel distrotion of the 30 mm lens.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: 3-4-tuuut on July 29, 2013, 12:02:13 pm
Sunset in the Oresund between Sweden and Denmark.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on August 01, 2013, 04:12:02 am
A few pics from Conil de la Frontera (Cadiz, Spain)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/9409636729_900c7db290_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9409636729/)
_SDI1104 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9409636729/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/9409629057_a186a458be_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9409629057/)
_SDI1106 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9409629057/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2831/9412373126_876fd5c364_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9412373126/)
_SDI1133 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9412373126/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/9412388984_68b9228876_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9412388984/)
_SDI1109 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9412388984/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on August 02, 2013, 03:07:02 pm
Wonderful images, Juan.  I enjoy and learn from seeing other images from around the world.

At the other end of the spectrum back home, the DP2M is great at illustrating items for sale.  For example, I'm thinking about putting these 2 audiophile LPs on ebay.  A lot of clarity and really brings out the fine print.  My two passions are music and photography.  Too bad I can only support one at a time.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deardorff on August 05, 2013, 10:22:44 am
Nice stuff, but no eye level finder is a real killer for some of us. Just can't deal with holding a camera out away from me for much of my work.

If Sigma comes up with an eye level finder, Leica/Xpro style I'll be looking more seriously at one of these.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 05, 2013, 02:42:15 pm
Kicking off my DP2M journey with some SOOC quick point and shot pictures.

Click through for larger

Left any correction/editing out to get a feel for the characteristics of the RAWs.
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/9443366791_238faa95cc_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443366791/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443366791/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

Crop
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7287/9446145260_6d55a02f18_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9446145260/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9446145260/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5537/9443457481_a023a95d1a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443457481/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443457481/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

Crop
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3698/9443446803_b5cee5f30d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443446803/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9443446803/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on August 05, 2013, 02:45:36 pm
I use the camera plate from my manfrotto tripod to somewhat hold it closer to me and steady the camera.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 05, 2013, 08:07:34 pm
Here's a photo for non-pixel peepers :D click through for larger size

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3692/9448467722_621e5a20b3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9448467722/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9448467722/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

Edit: another one

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7354/9446149527_a9cba9673d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9446149527/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9446149527/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 05, 2013, 11:14:32 pm
After going through the initial test shots from this camera, I was tempted to make this meme, hope it's okay with the moderators (if not I'll glad take it out :))

(http://i.qkme.me/3ves62.jpg)

And just we're on topic, here's a SOOC, just cropped.


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/9449347000_c9e7917bdf_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9449347000/)
Chateau Jiahu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9449347000/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on August 06, 2013, 09:06:42 am
Batman reminds me of the Old Man setting me straight when I was a young punk ;D

A few photos from a little street fair while visiting my sister in Western NY.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 07, 2013, 01:56:10 pm
Here's some shots I took just off the cuff. Nothing creative, but the quality of the bokeh, the grain, the colors, the detail!!

It's so filmy!

Straight out of the camera (RAW > JPEG) without any tweaks (I think SPP applied highlight recovery to the first shot on its own). I didn't bother correcting the photos because I wanted to share the SOOC experience.


Please check the largest version by right clicking on the photo and selecting the size.

f/2.8 ISO200
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/9460590288_1c802cdef9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9460590288/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9460590288/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

f/5.6 ISO200
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5470/9457792053_1cecdcb762_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9457792053/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9457792053/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: billh on August 07, 2013, 07:38:33 pm
That quality is addictive, isnít it? I sent some RAW files and Tifs to several photographers, people in their later 60s who have earned their livelihood from photography - one uses the Phase One medium format cameras. Their reactions were expressions of astonishment. One of them (who uses the Phase one camera, stitching, and an Epson 9900 printer) has been experimenting with upscaling the files, and tried PhotoZoom Pro 5. He just wrote and said it is the most amazing thing for upscaling he has ever seen by a mile  (speaking about a 200% upscaled file). I know none of these guys would ever have looked at a boxy little Sigma point and shoot. I canít put it down!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: ACH DIGITAL on August 07, 2013, 08:11:40 pm
Hi all. Can anyone post a Raw file of this camera. I wish to try one or two.
Thanks guys.
ACH
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Andrija Boljevic on August 07, 2013, 09:51:07 pm
Try this chap's site; he has jpg and raw available to download.

http://pond.org.uk/galleries/DP2M/


Click the thumbnail, and there should be a link to DL the raw.

BTW, I've used my Canon only once since I got the DP2M.  I get out the canned air, every now then, and blow off the dust ;)

I have a project where I've been photographing church frescoes.  The Canon with Photo Ninja seem to work well together.  I want to put the DP2M to work as well.
Here is a down-scaled file and 100% crop of what I'm getting right now.  Sorry for posting non-DP2M images :o
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 07, 2013, 09:56:50 pm
That quality is addictive, isnít it? I sent some RAW files and Tifs to several photographers, people in their later 60s who have earned their livelihood from photography - one uses the Phase One medium format cameras. Their reactions were expressions of astonishment. One of them (who uses the Phase one camera, stitching, and an Epson 9900 printer) has been experimenting with upscaling the files, and tried PhotoZoom Pro 5. He just wrote and said it is the most amazing thing for upscaling he has ever seen by a mile  (speaking about a 200% upscaled file). I know none of these guys would ever have looked at a boxy little Sigma point and shoot. I canít put it down!

Absolutely! Where has this little camera been all my life?

Hi all. Can anyone post a Raw file of this camera. I wish to try one or two.
Thanks guys.
ACH
Lots of images, RAW.
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sigma_dp2_merrill_review/sample_images/
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: billh on August 08, 2013, 07:38:38 am
Hi all. Can anyone post a Raw file of this camera. I wish to try one or two.
Thanks guys.
ACH

I can sent the RAW file to this one, if that will help. It is about 52MB I think.

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: billh on August 08, 2013, 07:43:45 am
You can get a better sense of them from a larger size - I donít know how to post them here.

http://holl.smugmug.com/Photography/Sigma-DP2M-photos/i-WWQNJ62/0/X3/DP2M%2C-house%2C-983-X3.jpg

http://holl.smugmug.com/Photography/Sigma-DP2M-photos/i-2d9JJgL/0/X3/Daisy%2CDP2M%2Cf5.6%2C781-X3.jpg
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 08, 2013, 08:54:28 pm
A quick fun shot.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3726/9469774206_f3446255e0_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9469774206/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9469774206/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

Note that the 'YOYO' part isn't tack sharp because it was vibrating, but check out the rest of the frame! So much detail in every part.


Here's one more from today. Cropped to about 40-50%

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9467079221_a4f63a359b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9467079221/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9467079221/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 12, 2013, 01:09:36 pm
Here's a few I took last evening. Something about the colors, gradations and resolution just works.

Don't worry about the composition in these, just enjoy the image quality.

Do check out the larger versions at flickr, it's so smooth yet detailed!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3711/9492927138_a85bd8aa1d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492927138/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492927138/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9489963537_43cb46eb23_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9489963537/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9489963537/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/9492719098_2367c07679_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492719098/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9492719098/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on August 13, 2013, 07:04:50 am
Two pics from Granada (Spain)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/9499370429_f0eff3e19d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9499370429/)
_SDI0112 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9499370429/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7359/9501880450_5c1e58dd6f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9501880450/)
_SDI0118 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9501880450/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on August 14, 2013, 11:31:14 am
Here's a snapshot, nothing compositionally interesting, but the quality of the photo is just so delicious.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5509/9507512016_201ee0c592_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9507512016/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/garagenoise/9507512016/) by power slave (http://www.flickr.com/people/garagenoise/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: chichornio on August 15, 2013, 04:48:49 pm
I was lucky to find a Hoya Zoom Close Up Lens in mint condition. Now I have the chance to have some macro shots with my Sigma Dp2m. The pictures posted here are just test files. Jpeg straight from the camera, no retouch at all, very compressed. Iīll be doing some Raw shots test during the weekend. Stay tunned!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: chichornio on August 21, 2013, 03:59:56 pm
Still learning how to use the Hoya Zoom Close Up lens for doing some macro shots with my Sigma DP2m. Those are 4 shots handheld, raw with little post processing in SPP. They look really clean and sharp at 100% crop.
Title: What is it with this sensor and the sky
Post by: Jorginho on August 30, 2013, 05:13:31 pm
Most skies with this cam blow out easily. Also the colours look very strange to my eye as if there is a kind of vail in it. Also, many of the pics I see here look pixelated. And it is all in the skies with clouds. Once people shoot bw the sky joins the rest of the picture and things look spectacular again.

But my main question is just this: do any of you use a gradauted ND filter? And can some of you post shots of a sky which is half clouded and half not, may be cumulus clouds in it it or so?? Thanks!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on September 01, 2013, 04:18:32 pm
Some pics from a recent trip to Trujillo (Caceres, EspaŮa).

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5463/9644533212_85ff0c218d_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644533212/)
_SDI1243 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644533212/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/9641322531_79e2e068d1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641322531/)
_SDI1207 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641322531/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2863/9641353269_c465abef47_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641353269/)
_SDI1179 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641353269/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/9641373103_9014721eab_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641373103/)
_SDI1178 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641373103/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/9641383437_b49dace0ed_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641383437/)
_SDI1170 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641383437/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/9641397763_2be85707fd_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641397763/)
_SDI1165 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9641397763/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/9644646198_e41b3721bb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644646198/)
_SDI1164 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644646198/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/9644677348_70d9a4951a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644677348/)
_SDI1159 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/9644677348/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on September 08, 2013, 05:19:57 am
Does anyone have any shooting experience with the DP2M in the rain? How do you protect your camera?

thx!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: kencameron on September 30, 2013, 04:28:35 pm
Some pics from a recent trip to Trujillo (Caceres, EspaŮa).
If I ever get back to Spain I won't be forgetting my DP2M. Some fine shots here, and in your other posts - restrained and elegant - so that the IQ is just the cream on the cake.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Farsh on September 30, 2013, 05:21:21 pm
out-of-camera jpeg, apart from resizing in paint, not touched...have a new computer, no lightroom installed yet.

admittedly poorly composed, just wanted to highlight dynamic range again.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on October 01, 2013, 07:29:00 am
If I ever get back to Spain I won't be forgetting my DP2M. Some fine shots here, and in your other posts - restrained and elegant - so that the IQ is just the cream on the cake.

Thanks, I'm glad you like it.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Ryan Kimball on October 13, 2013, 02:43:09 pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryankimball/10214373453/in/photostream/
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: NancyP on October 17, 2013, 12:33:53 pm
Ryan, I like the B and W tanker photo and in general the non-HDRed industrial shots, 0414 cloudy day, and the 0476 sunset photo. 0519 was a great sunset, but the composition is a bit static. You must live in snow country.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on October 19, 2013, 05:43:46 am
3D effect you were saying?

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/DP3-LL/SDI1111.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: kencameron on October 24, 2013, 01:22:35 am
From the Sam Merrill trail, above Pasadena. Just after Sunrise.

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: W.Utsch on October 24, 2013, 06:07:07 am
@kencameron
Fantastic !
Want to go back, lived in OC till 93....
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: kencameron on October 24, 2013, 04:33:01 pm
Another from the same trail:
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Ryan Kimball on December 09, 2013, 12:53:44 am
A few add ons for better handheld shots. I was using the dp2m almost exclusively on a tripod and i wanted more versatility handheld. I wasn't real big on buying  the sigma view finder, 150$ for a eye piece seemed a bit steep. I saw this VF-4 lcd view finder for 99$ and added the grip. It works great! I'll post some handheld shots soon, I've been able to go as low as 1/15th shutter speed and still managing sharp images which is great for me! Having the ability to steady it firmly against the face really helps.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: pdp11 on December 23, 2013, 02:13:43 pm
I buyed once used the last week.
I'm waiting to have time to use it.  :'(

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Hulyss on December 23, 2013, 03:03:08 pm
T-Rex !

(http://www.hulyssbowman.com/images/Trex.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Gibbomik on December 29, 2013, 07:12:52 pm
I read the original whole thread 6 months or so ago before making the purchase, I'm not sure that I can add much more now but briefly...

I find the colours a bit wacky but the detail rendered is amazing.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95076287@N03/10071196134/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95076287@N03/9622201999/

It works well for stitching with a simple bracket.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95076287@N03/9711107647/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95076287@N03/8864670361/

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: aduke on December 29, 2013, 07:20:06 pm
...

I find the colours a bit wacky but the detail rendered is amazing.



It is my belief that this sensor does not like to be underexposed. Colors are much better when the exposure is as high as possible.

Alan
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Gibbomik on December 30, 2013, 07:57:18 am
It is my belief that this sensor does not like to be underexposed. Colors are much better when the exposure is as high as possible.

Alan

Yes, I agree with that!

Michael.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on January 02, 2014, 07:27:24 am
A few shots with my DP2M. Happy new year!!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/11706884133_7a7efedbeb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706884133/)
_SDI1422 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706884133/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/11706998494_d097cae7f1_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706998494/)
_SDI1419 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706998494/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5533/11706849163_1b1c63671b_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706849163/)
_SDI1418 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706849163/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/11706931624_d31b524068_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706931624/)
_SDI1412 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706931624/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/11706551065_84bf977664_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706551065/)
_SDI1408 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706551065/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/11707266506_865db0ae0e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11707266506/)
_SDI1407 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11707266506/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/11706830053_550acc0206_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706830053/)
_SDI1413 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/11706830053/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Ryan Kimball on January 07, 2014, 01:50:29 am
Ice fog in Prudhoe Bay Alaska.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on January 20, 2014, 11:54:43 am
Switzerland.

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/DP3-LL/SDI1124.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: juan_amores on January 31, 2014, 11:16:04 am
Very nice Palpman!!
Two more

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/12070884545_fc09973bbc_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/12070884545/)
_SDI1439 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/12070884545/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/12237427223_f281d2a156_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/12237427223/)
_SDI1445_F_ByN (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnloves/12237427223/) por John Loves (http://www.flickr.com/people/johnloves/), en Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Ryan Kimball on February 02, 2014, 05:37:48 pm
Gorgeous!!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Ryan Kimball on February 02, 2014, 05:44:31 pm
Love this camera!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: scott_watson on February 03, 2014, 03:28:42 pm
Juan Amores [and Palpman] [and anyone else shooting DP2M for black and white]:

I am blown away by the black-and-white images being produced with the DP2M.  As I wait for Mister UPS to deliver my latest folly (DP2M), perhaps you could tell me:

I assume that you're shooting in RAW, and converting to B/W elsewhere [surely these can't be B/W jpegs from in-camera. . .].  Could you walk through your workflow to achieve your beautiful B/W images?  How much done in Sigma PP, how much in Lightroom/Aperture, how much in Photoshop, etc.  Any quirks to your conversions?  Anything you have to emphasize?

Look at me; my first post and I'm asking magicians to give away their secrets. . . .


Thanks.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on February 03, 2014, 07:44:52 pm
First post on this site, but long time lurker. I've bought and sold a couple dp2m's so far, and I'm thinking of buying another and a dp3m here soon. I love the files from these cameras. I have a d800e which is a great camera, but when you nail a shot with the sigma's it's just different, in a good way. I'm trying to find excuses to keep my nikon but for my style of shooting I'm finding it harder and harder to justify. I can buy both the dp3m and dp2m for the price of a good lens for my nikon.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith on February 04, 2014, 05:21:12 am
FYI Clifton cameras are now selling these for £339 (£282+vat) I presume the prices will start to drop worldwide now.  I just need to decide on the 2 or 3
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MarkL on February 04, 2014, 07:54:07 am
FYI Clifton cameras are now selling these for £339 (£282+vat) I presume the prices will start to drop worldwide now.  I just need to decide on the 2 or 3

I'm very tempted as sigma seem very quiet on a new version of these cameras
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on February 04, 2014, 01:38:26 pm
I just checked pout the Clifton deal. I think i'm going to pull the trigger, but I'm wondering about the shipping. It seems they have free 3 to 5 day shipping. Can that be right? Can shipping to the states really be so fast and cheap? Thanks
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on February 04, 2014, 02:40:49 pm
Juan Amores [and Palpman] [and anyone else shooting DP2M for black and white]:

I am blown away by the black-and-white images being produced with the DP2M.  As I wait for Mister UPS to deliver my latest folly (DP2M), perhaps you could tell me:

I assume that you're shooting in RAW, and converting to B/W elsewhere [surely these can't be B/W jpegs from in-camera. . .].  Could you walk through your workflow to achieve your beautiful B/W images?  How much done in Sigma PP, how much in Lightroom/Aperture, how much in Photoshop, etc.  Any quirks to your conversions?  Anything you have to emphasize?

Look at me; my first post and I'm asking magicians to give away their secrets. . . .


Thanks.

Hi, I shoot RAW, then convert the pics into TIFF and then use Silver Efex for fine tuning. My photo above has almost no post processing though (and was shot at 200 ISO by mistake, no noise adjustment needed though), and you can get excellent results with SPP only as well. I never have quirks during conversion.

There's no secret.. apart from the camera we use  :P

PS: there are more pictures of my PCT trip to see on www.mkuhlmann.net - Enjoy!

Deadhumpy: great shots!!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on February 05, 2014, 11:41:24 pm
I'm just now finding some time to go through some of my dp2m files from this summer. So here's one flying home from our fishing site in a de Havilland beaver. This was defiantly not the best camera for taking shots from an air plane but I got a few to come out sharp. I just bought a dp3m and I'm gonna pull the trigger on a d2pm for round number three.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on February 06, 2014, 03:08:07 pm
Ok one more, then i'll stop spamming the thread.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith27 on February 08, 2014, 04:47:51 am
FYI Clifton cameras are now selling these for £339 (£282+vat) I presume the prices will start to drop worldwide now.  I just need to decide on the 2 or 3

Hey dad,

i own both and have used them extensively over the last year.

DP2M: 30mm lens is very versatile. I use it a lot for travel photography and landscape work. The lens is wide enough so that you can take images that work on their own.

DP3M: 50mm is the opposite of versatile. Obviously I know what a 50mm is, but it somehow felt more "zoomed in" then i expected. It's fabulous for stiching landscape photography. The geometry of the lens allows you to stich using a rectilinear projection which gives much cleaner results than the alternatives. The macro mode is also fantastic. However on a recent trip I only brought the DP3M and it felt limiting. Since the camera is also not optically stabilized in any way you need a monopod in almost all scenarios.

TL;DR: If in doubt get the 2.





Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith27 on February 08, 2014, 04:51:05 am
I'm just now finding some time to go through some of my dp2m files from this summer. So here's one flying home from our fishing site in a de Havilland beaver. This was defiantly not the best camera for taking shots from an air plane but I got a few to come out sharp. I just bought a dp3m and I'm gonna pull the trigger on a d2pm for round number three.


You butchered this photo in post.
It has way too much color and it has been sharpened too much.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on February 09, 2014, 03:31:51 pm
Mrsmith27, you've been using the sigma's extensively over this last year you say, but no photo posts. You should share some of your photos.
 
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith on February 09, 2014, 04:18:17 pm
Hey dad,



I have a son?!?  :o

I went for the dp3 in the end but now the price has tanked s/h 1's and 2's will we cheap. Which I guess will piss a few people off.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MrSmith27 on February 09, 2014, 07:22:49 pm
Mrsmith27, you've been using the sigma's extensively over this last year you say, but no photo posts. You should share some of your photos.
 

I actually should, and will :)

One thing though is that I think screen rendering is not doing Foveon justice. The are meant to be printed large.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: rayken on February 10, 2014, 10:52:51 pm
From trekking trip in the UK last year.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: rayken on February 10, 2014, 10:56:11 pm
From Aspen this year
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: rayken on February 18, 2014, 03:36:40 am
Paula and her friends on the Yarra River Melbourne.
With the announcement of the Quattros I hope Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences is not running out of Legs.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on February 21, 2014, 10:25:12 am
Nice pictures.

With the announcement of the quattros I think Dp2m experiences will increase because:

- prices of dpxms going down
- quattro piquing the interests of people who were unaware of the foveon combine with the prices.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: SZRitter on February 21, 2014, 10:46:31 am
Paula and her friends on the Yarra River Melbourne.
With the announcement of the Quattros I hope Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences is not running out of Legs.

I'm seriously considering a DP2M thanks to what will hopefully be lower prices. Between it, an X100 (maybe an s), the Quattro, or a 6x7 film camera.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: ShawWellPete on February 23, 2014, 08:48:37 am
Hi Guys,

I am new to this site and new to the DP-2 Merrill. I bought  one of the first DP-1 cameras many years ago and loved the sensor but didn't use it a great deal because of the small file sizes. I've only had the DP-2 M for a couple of days but I'm loving it so far, it could get more use than the D800 and the X-Pro 1 at this rate!  :D

The problem with this camera is that every time I share a photo

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5532/12695955105_3609cf0664_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12695955105/)
Playing with DP-2 M (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12695955105/) by ShawWellPete (http://www.flickr.com/people/shawwellpete/), on Flickr

I have to share a 100% crop

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3677/12696419524_ff97ef55a1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12696419524/)
100% Crop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12696419524/) by ShawWellPete (http://www.flickr.com/people/shawwellpete/), on Flickr

and again...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7390/12718254724_40f6c2b6e4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12718254724/)
Playing with DP-2 M (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12718254724/) by ShawWellPete (http://www.flickr.com/people/shawwellpete/), on Flickr

100% crop

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3744/12717811385_781625771a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12717811385/)
100% Crop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawwellpete/12717811385/) by ShawWellPete (http://www.flickr.com/people/shawwellpete/), on Flickr

100% Crop by ShawWellPete, on Flickr

If anybody is interested I used a Nikon SB-600 on a TT5 pointed at the ceiling triggered with a mini TT1 on the camera, on both photos.

 
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on February 23, 2014, 09:21:09 am
Nice shots ShawWellPete and I think we all suffer from that crop syndrome.  ;D
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: BarbaraArmstrong on February 23, 2014, 07:10:09 pm
The veggie crop is spectacular!  It is a piece of art in its own right.  --Barbara
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on March 10, 2014, 12:32:27 am
Please click through for larger versions on flickr.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3819/13046677293_f3a3daecfd_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSTCBX)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/13046993004_bc98f77e1f_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSVftf)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2083/13046822933_7daac9a95a_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSUnUZ)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/13047058214_930cc1eeb6_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSVzRy)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3705/13047098154_b8da6bd2cd_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSVMJb)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7309/13046906154_3a307e182d_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSUNDQ)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3157/13046935734_7887e9b105_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSUXrQ)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/13046762923_04224f2374_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kSU55k)

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on March 12, 2014, 12:41:28 am
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/13097819685_732d78b2cc_c.jpg) (http://flic.kr/p/kXpKtk)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Foveonic on March 12, 2014, 11:27:08 pm
Thoughts on the DP2 Quattro??
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on March 13, 2014, 11:34:21 pm
Click through for larger.

Joys of homeroasting.
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2502/13139149255_b7289ecbec_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/m24zj8)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on March 14, 2014, 01:24:17 am
Just a simple reminder of a nice day..

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2533/13140813045_ab14c9f4a0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/m2d6Ua)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: MarkL on March 14, 2014, 08:53:43 am
Thoughts on the DP2 Quattro??

It looks pretty huge with that hood & finder on it. No idea why they didn't stick an EVF in it.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Dustbak on March 14, 2014, 09:33:38 am
Click through for larger.

Joys of homeroasting.
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2502/13139149255_b7289ecbec_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/m24zj8)

Yes! if you have ever tasted fresh roasted coffee there is no going back. City+ roast it looks like? Right after the 2nd crack?

Tasty looking ;)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on March 14, 2014, 09:59:04 am
Thanks!

Yeah, although it was just around the second crack. I think that would classify as a Full City Roast, although I could be wrong. It was delicious. I don't think I can ever go back!

Yes! if you have ever tasted fresh roasted coffee there is no going back. City+ roast it looks like? Right after the 2nd crack?

Tasty looking ;)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on March 14, 2014, 12:38:32 pm
Great Shots!

Here's a shot from this summer of a small dolly garden. I'd like to hear some more about Quattro Dp's but I haven't seen anything. I'm really interested in a version with a little more dynamic range and a little bit better in low light.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: NancyP on March 14, 2014, 06:32:01 pm
No Foveon food photos before dinner................... dang, that made me hungry!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Deadhumpy on March 27, 2014, 07:59:27 pm
Shot from this fall. I think I just got lucky it actually came out sharp. So has anyone heard anything new about the Quattro's? I'd really like to drop my nikon system.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Foveonic on April 01, 2014, 04:06:58 pm
Nothing on the Quattro other than the crazy shape.  I will be very interested to see some samples.....and yes.  Why not an EVF???

TBird....
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on April 06, 2014, 02:33:27 pm
Fresh!

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3802/13673045605_817f1ff373_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mQeW6B)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Foveonic on April 09, 2014, 10:36:52 pm
Easter again......
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: soboyle on April 10, 2014, 10:25:42 am
Following this thread with interest, the price drop in the Sigma's has me looking seriously at the DP2M.
I checked out Clifton Camera in the UK, their price is $130 below B&H currently.
Has anyone in the states purchased through Clifton? Any issue with warranty is something goes wrong?
Fast shipping?
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Robert DeCandido PhD on April 11, 2014, 07:22:20 am
The comments in this thread also apply to the Merrill 2:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1285807/0#12259783

rdc
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on April 11, 2014, 11:05:40 pm
Anyone for some food?

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/13789754493_d467c5d131_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/n1y6zP)
Burp (https://flic.kr/p/n1y6zP) by power slave (https://www.flickr.com/people/39316559@N00/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/13789751545_2d99a03dcf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/n1y5GZ)
Chicken Tangdi (https://flic.kr/p/n1y5GZ) by power slave (https://www.flickr.com/people/39316559@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: GrantO on May 09, 2014, 10:41:58 am
I finally decided to get a DP2M after reading all the posts and looking at the pictures. The first thing I did was to fully charge the battery. I then spent about 30 minutes familiarising myself with the menus and operation since I did not have a memory card with me. I excitedly went home, loaded the memory card, formatted it and then...the battery died! I charged it again that evening and on the second day got only 62 shots before it ran out of juice - and that's without chimping. I will definitely need more batteries for out of town trips where I spend the whole day out of the hotel. The battery life is terrible but I'm loving' this camera.

Here are a few of my first photos.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: NancyP on May 09, 2014, 11:39:19 am
This thread is making me hungry!   ;D
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: rayken on May 09, 2014, 06:35:00 pm
Can't wait to get my teeth into a quattro.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: Adam L on May 09, 2014, 06:56:03 pm
Let's see if I can post.   This is the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA.   It's a stitch & crop.  I fiddled with the knobs too.   
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7334/13961169367_9314df5abf_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7295/13921659890_4f1689afb0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: GrantO on May 10, 2014, 08:48:30 am
Another one from today..

This couple rides a raft that they pull with a rope tied between their house and a makeshift bridge. They live on top of laguna lake and make a living harvesting kangkong (water spinach) which grows wild along the banks of the lake and by breeding ducks in a pen under their house. Come typhoon season, the water level reaches the floor of their home.



Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: rayken on June 13, 2014, 05:45:41 am
Boys on the Beach, Anglesea River Anglesea Great Ocean Road Victoria Aust.
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: dng88 on June 22, 2014, 01:45:40 pm
I used standard initially and use neutral tiff output.  After reading this series, I use neutral in camera ...

Well, it seems if one use standard in camera, you can choose neutral in post.  But if you choose neutral you only got original setting but no standard. Original just give you back neutral. 

Should I use back the standard in camera instead ... Do we lose anything if we choose that in camera.  What is the difference between only choose neutral in post but not in camera. 

Minor issue, but having one more option seems better, if one just in a hurry :-).  This is particular so for red.  Neutral red is not red but standard red is a bit red.  If no standard, the vivid is really wild. 

Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on October 13, 2014, 11:43:53 pm
Here's a no non-sense (and by that I mean plain old) waterfall pic to kick this fall season off.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5612/15345691388_3b2ab621a8_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/po3Fq1)
Fall Preview 2014 (https://flic.kr/p/po3Fq1) by power slave (https://www.flickr.com/people/39316559@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: synn on October 13, 2014, 11:48:08 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: palpman on November 16, 2014, 05:23:55 am
Some pics from my Icelandic trip in October (right-click -> view image for larger size):

(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-28.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-30.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-44.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-52.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-70.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-74.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-75.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-81.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-84.jpg)


(http://www.mkuhlmann.net/images/Iceland 2014-85.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill Experiences-2
Post by: powerslave12r on November 16, 2014, 08:47:29 am
Very nice set palpman!