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p.51 #1 · p.51 #1 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Another item that I was discussing in an earlier post was using SPP to obtain a hyper sharp, unreal look.

This is accomplished by pushing the exposure slider to -2.0 and the X3 fill light slider to +2.0. Now, this is obviously overkill for the entire image. If one however does two RAW conversions, it is then of course possible to blend in the effect where desired. If you have heard of the photographer Dave Hill, he creates images that have a very contrasty, cartoon-like or illustrated look. He is very skilled at this and obviously spends a great deal of time in post production. People have been trying to emulate this look by using a plug-in called LucisArt. I find the look this effect gives similar to what I am able to do in SPP using the above mentioned sliders.

I'll post some examples from work, below. Again, in no way a good shot but I am doing this to demonstrate my point.

First, the straight RAW file:


SDIM0679 2 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Second, exposure -2.0 and fill +2.0:


SDIM0679 3 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Third, a quick blend of the above two:


SDIM0679 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

All done in SPP minus the blending, of course.










Jan 06, 2013 at 09:31 PM
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p.51 #2 · p.51 #2 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


You photograph the doctors when they operate on you??


Jan 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
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p.51 #3 · p.51 #3 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


They say the best camera is the one you have with you!


Jan 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
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p.51 #4 · p.51 #4 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Someone else said that the best camera is the one they usually leave at home


Jan 06, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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p.51 #5 · p.51 #5 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


The best cameras are often to heavy exept the DP2m

Oil Terminal.








Jan 06, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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p.51 #6 · p.51 #6 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Pollution from Corus steel.

This is already a crop.







And then I saw this guy unpacking his heavy photogear. This is about 100%








Jan 06, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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p.51 #7 · p.51 #7 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


cjrpostma wrote:
It's been windy, snowing, cold, and dark out lately so I was playing around with the camera inside when the sun finally started to shine through the window. I forgot however that I had left the DP2M at ISO 1600 from the night before. I thought it might be helpful to show more examples of the noise pattern from this camera. This is by no means a good shot. Just posting to show the noise.

ISO 1600, 1/500, f/2.8 - only minor adjustments in SPP:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8493/8354430347_fdcbf39471_b.jpg
SDIM0743-2 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Closer look at the noise (all noise reduction turned off in SPP):

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8354430529_00566fd2e0_b.jpg
SDIM0743 by
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I like that noise ,-) now that noisy films are dying every month.



Jan 06, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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p.51 #8 · p.51 #8 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


New DP3 Merrill on the horizon:
http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/sigma-dp3-merrill-pics-and-specs-leaked/



Jan 07, 2013 at 09:20 AM
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p.51 #9 · p.51 #9 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


nandadevieast wrote:
New DP3 Merrill on the horizon:


Interesting.. Especially the "macro" part in lens ring




Jan 07, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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p.51 #10 · p.51 #10 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Some images from me. Och tack kosmoskatten, mycket trevligt att se du också

Frozen Mast (Flickr)


Landscapes part n (Flickr)


Triplets (Flickr)


Untitled (Flickr)


Untitled (Flickr)


Untitled 3 (Flickr)


Untitled 4 (Flickr)



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p.51 #11 · p.51 #11 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Impressive landscapes, Jede! Looks like another planet.


Jan 07, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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p.51 #12 · p.51 #12 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Fantastic shots, Jede!


Jan 07, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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p.51 #13 · p.51 #13 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Jede wrote:
Some images from me. Och tack kosmoskatten, mycket trevligt att se du också


I see some banding. Its a compression problem or was visible as RAW files?



Jan 07, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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p.51 #14 · p.51 #14 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Thanks for the comments. Banding seems to be unavoidable with long shutter times AND cold weather. Some of the photos were taken at -30°c, and the battery lasted for 7-8 shots It's visible in raw files, and of course becomes more visible during final post processing. I tried to implement banding removal in SPP, but one needs to make a compromise between maintaining extreme sharpness and removing banding on cold weather shots. It's a shame, but I guess it's something I have to live with.


Jan 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
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p.51 #15 · p.51 #15 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Jede wrote:
Thanks for the comments. Banding seems to be unavoidable with long shutter times AND cold weather. Some of the photos were taken at -30°c, and the battery lasted for 7-8 shots It's visible in raw files, and of course becomes more visible during final post processing. I tried to implement banding removal in SPP, but one needs to make a compromise between maintaining extreme sharpness and removing banding on cold weather shots. It's a shame, but I guess it's something I have to live with.


Thank you so much for this REAL USER feedback.
It seems that with hot weather and long use (camera heating) the same occurs.
You live in a cold place indeed ,-) and beautiful.



Jan 07, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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p.51 #16 · p.51 #16 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Jede; mahtavaa kuvia! Gorgeous shots! (Finnish spelling probably wrong?)

What type of banding removal did you try? The one that was presented earlier in this thread or your own recipe.

Cold weather performance is quite important to me as well, so thank you for the feedback on that.
Did you store the spare battery in your coat pocket? / Henrik



Jan 07, 2013 at 01:36 PM
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p.51 #17 · p.51 #17 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Luis: I never get tired of seeing cat photos.
The B&W noise looks nice in character to me.

Michiel: Holy Crop!



Jan 07, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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p.51 #18 · p.51 #18 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


Jede wrote:
Interesting.. Especially the "macro" part in lens ring



Macro is interesting. Very interesting. However, given the way the DP2M handles I hope it is a little bit better in that regard. The focal length? Hmm, I don't know.

Both the DP1M and DP2M make good sense to me. The DP3M might turn out to be a terrific though slightly limited camera. I am not sure, but it might perhaps work for portraits as well. I don't like the grip on the DP cameras, but that can be rectified of course.



Jan 07, 2013 at 01:50 PM
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p.51 #19 · p.51 #19 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


kosmoskatten wrote:
Macro is interesting. Very interesting. However, given the way the DP2M handles I hope it is a little bit better in that regard. The focal length? Hmm, I don't know.

Both the DP1M and DP2M make good sense to me. The DP3M might turn out to be a terrific though slightly limited camera. I am not sure, but it might perhaps work for portraits as well. I don't like the grip on the DP cameras, but that can be rectified of course.


Where is that info? Please.



Jan 07, 2013 at 02:06 PM
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p.51 #20 · p.51 #20 · Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?


There are a couple of things I would like to interject on this thread even though I haven't read everything here.
Someone mentioned the Sigma 30mm 1.4 early on. I loved that lens! I'm shooting full frame and can no longer use it to it's full potential. I sold it since it did not do well on my Nikon D60 converted to IR. It had a terrible hot spot when using it for IR. Speaking of IR, it would be fantastic if these Sigma Merrills were available in an IR version. Thinking of emailing one of the after market conversion services to inquire.



Jan 07, 2013 at 02:07 PM
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