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| p.47 #11 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it? |
Personally, as someone who owns a D800E, D700, 5D Mk II, RX100, and the DP2M, there is something in the Merrill files that none of my other cameras can produce. It is just sharper. On my other cameras, I use lenses like the 85 1.2 II, 70-200 VR II, 35L, 135L, etc. The Merrill is just way sharper, even hand held.
It is very true that the colors are hard to get perfect and that shooting above ISO 100 greatly reduces image quality. I am most excited to download the files from my Merrill above any other camera I own though. This is almost a problem because I always just want to shoot with the Merrill even if the situation calls for a different tool. Also, I find the Merrill's interface very intuitive. I really like how simple it is. Everything I need is just right there in the quick menu.
Now that I have four batteries, the viewfinder, grip, close up lens, and a nice wrist strap, I don't feel like carrying any other camera with me. I'm slightly infatuated with this camera right now, if you couldn't tell.
Sharper then the D800E? I red it was sort of simular in detail/sharpness. Well I couldn't know.
At 100% view on screen, the DP Merrills are sharper than the D800E that I owned (and returned due to a number of issues). That said, the D800E is capable of a little more detail with a good lens (and larger print sizes).
Imo, there really is no comparison when looking at an image captured by an interpolated color, bayer based sensor and one captured with a full color foveon sensor, regardless if the bayer sensor employs an AA filter or not. That artificial look is not there with the Merrills with correct exposure and processing (and I concur that proper exposure is much more important with these cameras) - and the default values in SPP will result in waay over sharpening, artifacts and all. I believe "-2" is equivalent to no sharpening in the SPP software with most finding something between that and -1 to be about right, depending on subject matter and the extent of additional post processing. Anyway, one needs to be in complete control - and spend some time learning the in's and outs - of shooting and processing the images from the Merrills to really be able to make an accurate assessment of the cameras capabilities. I think it's more-so true of this camera and it's software than most conventional cameras.