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Lawrence Beck wrote:
It also captures paper texture beautifully with the 100 APO Macro or 60 Macro lens and there is no moiré in spite of the lack of an AA filter. Of course, both of the aforementioned lenses are better suited than the 45mm focal length of the Sigma to photographing flat art... but his test was about how the Sigma excels at photographing art.
I shoot quite a bit of original art work for various museums and artists and specifically brought up the poor choice of focal length for this intended purpose in one of Gary's threads about the subject at DpReview. I'm a bit perplexed that he would recommend the DP2M for that use for the reasons you cite.
I have used everything going back to the Fuji S2 Pro, Canon 5D2, Sony a900 and MF Hasselblad H3D-39 for the reproduction of art work, all with medium focal length Macros having an angle of view around 27 degrees or so. A normal to wide/ normal would be way down on the list of appropriate focal lengths to use. Likewise, while the Foveon based cameras certainly have that "wow" factor, it comes with a few restrictions with regard to ultimate color fidelity/ accuracy - not to mention the "built-in", clarity like contrast boost effect (which is one of the aspects most folks are attracted to when they see Foveon images imo). All of those factors work against using the DP2 Merrill (and likely any current Foveon based camera) when the goal is the most faithful reproduction of color and contrast to the original.