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| p.47 #20 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it? |
Tariq, as always, the voice of wisdom (and not just because you are quoting me!). Seriously, though, the pair are a truly excellent combination.
The X-E1 is (for me) the maturing of mirrorless. The UI and ergonomics are superb (especially if you get the grip, which also centres the tripod hole); you will never need the menus once set up, and you can use auto ISO 6400 with impunity, under any kind of lighting. It's that good. The Fuji sensor does an amazing job with colour, and especially skin tones. The 35/1.4 is one of the best ever lenses I have used—and that covers a lot of territory, as many of us here know. As well, because auto ISO works so well, I have taken to setting shutter and aperture (to freeze movement and to get the look I want, DOF-wise) and letting the ISO take care of itself. For naturalistic and fast work, this is the best camera I have used, though when the light gets lower, AF performance does drop. It is no DSLR in this regard—but like the DP2 M, no one minds being photographed by it.
The DP2 M has the most intelligent UI I have ever used. It is simpler than the X-E1 and, in its niche, simply untouchable in IQ, in my view. It is very light, even with the Freniac grip, and when the pano kit arrives I will put up an images that shows the lightest solution to the eternal question of what do you take in to the bush to shoot trees, landscapes, water—well, nature in any form.
But it's more than a one-trick pony. While I was down at my Mother's place for Christmas, I make portraits with both cameras: the Fuji made the 'slice of life on the fly'-type documentary portraits; the DP2 M made the 'please sit here and sit still' more formal ones—and both show quite different facets of the same people. I like both, very much.
Oh, and a Happy New Year to all; we get the new year before all of you!