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| p.1 #9 · Saw this image and just had to order the DP2M, couldn't fight it |
Good you like it, and good on Sigma for the achievement, I hope they sell a lot of them. If it takes off as it deserves to, we may see higher Mp Bayer cameras rushed to market faster.
It will appeal to those who can overlook certain image characteristics in the search for the holy grail of ultimate 'sharpness'. Strangely, 3D is not enhanced, detail is very crunchy, colour is just surreal even compared with Velvia, OOF is not inviting, DR is very poor. It all seems somewhat out of control, like a newcomer's post processing learning phase. I almost get the feeling that the sensor 'sees too well', detail pops up where you least expect it, with little gradation or tonality. Image objects seem to lit from within almost.
Colour balance is off, drab tones co-exist with acid trip yellows; DOF cues do not seem to exist, distant twigs are as sharp as tiny foreground pebbles - and only image cues (such as the creek) work to counter this strong impression. The final appearance is of a graceless, almost crass postcard-like image with spy satellite level super definition! We might see a foveon filter from Nik one day soon...but maybe they (Sigma) can rein it in somehow.
Imagine portraiture, lol. Interesting also to compare these images with the best 35mm lenses on regular DSLRs or say 6x7 chromes- those ones still retain a photographic look despite huge performance. One of the getdpi people thought it would be great for stock shooters or food shooters, where high impact and SOOC quality trumps all else.
It will also be interesting to see if the impact wears off as people get used to it. Also of note is that Sigma tried to sell it for a huge sum in early marketing, according to LL, but are now pricing it at P&S levels and are presumably aiming at that market niche.