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| p.4 #4 · Saw this image and just had to order the DP2M, couldn't fight it |
If you do a lot of hiking or touring on foot, I can easily see the appeal of a pocket rocket that can have 5D Mk2 quality++ with a small tabletop tripod or TrekPod. Slogging through a very humid jungle, I would rather have a 2 liter water bottle than a 70-200 F2.8.
There just seems to be too many compromises here for too much money to make it worth it though on first glance.
From the samples someone posted earlier, the DP2M vs the NEX-7 + Sigma 30mm F2.8... there doesn't seem to be much advantage to the DP2M and if anything, seemed to resolve a bit less detail in the medium range print. Add that on top of ISO, dynamic range, post process workflow, pre-processed RAW files, camera responsiveness, and cost...
I'd like to see some samples done with fine landscape detail at farther away distances. That seems to be where the DP2M performs a bit differently than most cameras. Things like the tips of trees, individual leaves etc just seem to still be rendered in fine detail while they have gone a bit soft on most cameras.
I had the Sigma 30mm for my NEX7 and it was quite a surprisingly lens for $199. It was a little slow to focus, but it was darn sharp and while a little slow, had a rather pleasant bokeh quality as well. Honestly, in some ways I felt it was better than the Zeiss 24mm I also had for less than 1/5th the price, and a much nicer size. The Zeiss 24 did have a bit of a signature Zeiss color that was different though.
I sadly have long since sold the whole NEX kit, but certainly will look forward to seeing how the Sigma compares with the little RX100 on one side and the heavyweight D800e on the other. Really more so to the RX100 though as I for me at least, the D800e is just a camera I use far differently and that is going to have obvious advantages in terms of DR, high ISO performance, lens section etc, provided one is willing to carry it for non-professional outings.
RX100 though should provide a bit interested, in that its got a pretty decent lens and 20megs of resolution, which when shot in RAW and at low ISO, can deliver some impressive IQ, from a little pocket package that is much cheaper than the DP, focuses much faster than the DP, has better high ISO than the DP, has a better LCD than the DP, and better battery life than the DP.
All and all, on paper even a $650 pocket camera seems to trump the DP in most areas, but I'm hoping at least to see a huge IQ gap between them, under the shooting that I do, which in turn would also mean I would of seen a smaller, though still pronounced gap if the test was with the NEX7, EM-5, X100 etc that I no longer own, because the RX100 in my eyes could come surprisingly close to matching those in the right condition.