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| p.6 #12 · p.6 #12 · Saw this image and just had to order the DP2M, couldn't fight it |
I find it surprisingly how many people bash the overall quality of the camera but that I doubt have ever actually picked one up.
Its actually a very solid build and nicely made IMHO. The quality of the lens is second to none, and the AF, while not blazing fast, seems quite accurate, which on the camera like this is far more important IMHO.
As for a f2 lens ? Don't think it needs it nor would it really make a difference most of the time. Building a faster lens could compromise the excellent optical quality of the 30mm f2.8, in addition to probably adding some additional size/cost, for little real world advantage as this is simply a base ISO camera.
Don't get me wrong, a faster lens is great in many situations, such as being able to shoot handheld at night at ISO3200 instead of 6400, but the DP2M your going to want at base ISO. Its not really an issue of being able to shoot at 400 vs 800, because your not going to want to shoot at either.
If you want to shoot it at slower shutter speeds handheld, its just the wrong camera. Its really no different than a LF camera, does it really matter how fast the lens is ? Usually not because everyone is working from a tripod these days, which unless its bright midday sun, where the DP2M belongs as well.
There just isn't any real point in shooting a camera that you bought just for its maximum IQ at anything less than base ISO/and or with good support. Otherwise your not going to get the best results and then whats the point ?
If you want a fast focusing camera, with good battery life, a faster f2.0 lens and great high ISO ability, then something like the RX1 makes a ton more sense.
Camera like the RX1 and DP2M are as different as you can get really, other than both are a compact size.
Can't really compare the DP2M to most cameras because it just does one thing, and does it very well.
There is no real point wishing for faster lenses, tracking AF etc.
Trying to use it for anything else is really kind of silly IMHO.
I'm never, ever, going to try to use the DP2m as a general snapshot camera.
I'm never going to try to take some handheld night cityscapes at ISO800 with it.
Bottom line as I see it is if you can't accept, and afford to purchase it as a very, very specific use tool, and can't be okay with that type of limitation on something you spent $1000 on, your going to be unhappy.
It really is just like buying a 4x5 LF camera.
No one buys a 4x5 with any thoughts of using it for anything other than landscape, architecture or studio work these days. Would just be silly to do so and as a result, that is why most people don't want one, don't own one.
I have a 4x5 Toyo though and I like it.
Its never been shot without its tripod, and I've never tried to shoot moving subjects etc with it, never wished for a faster lens, or anything.
It simply is what it is, just like the DP2m.
Really though when your standing out in the woods shooting a static scene though, do you care about AF ? Do you want a stop faster lens ? No, its just about the IQ, which is the one area where the camera delivers.
I'll admit though that I do wish it could have a cable release instead of having to use the timer button.
Other than that, it simply is what is and that is a unique high quality tool for shooting pretty pictures of things that don't move lol