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| p.1 #1 · Sigma DP2 Merrill External Flash |
I just bought a Sigma DP2M and I'd like to ask if someone know how to use a external flash.
But first let me share my short experience with this little camera (180 pictures taken)
I'm a long Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji digital cameras user. I have or have used for a long time Canon 5D, 5DMK2, 40D, 50D, 350D, 1DSMK2, 1DMK3, Sony A850, A900, Nikon D200, D700, Fuji X-100, Olympus m4/3 with top of the line lenses: Canon 35L, 85LMk2, 135L, 70-200/4L, 180L, Zeiss ZE 21/2.8, ZE35/2, ZE 100/2, Zeiss ZA 135 1.8, Zeiss ZA 85/1,4
I'm just giving you my background, so you can understand better where I'm coming from and what I'm used to. I have no experience with medium format cameras or Leica or other stuff not listed here.
I almost always use a tripod.
I have been following from the fence Foveon sensors since the beginning, very interesting products, but was waiting for the right moment. When I saw the DP2M, i decided that was the moment.
I don't care if the camera is slow, has bad video, is a brick, the screen is not perfect, it is slow to write the files, the battery is a joke in 2012, etc. I don't complaint, just mention it because others might be worried. My attitude is to learn the problems, find a solution and decide if is worth it.
Well, this camera is worth all of the (little) trouble and more. I use it with a solid tripod and ballhead, the camera feels like a feather in there, and the sharpness of the files is amazing. As someone said here, it is like removing a veil that was on your files. I thought Having no external remote shutter was a problem, but using the 2 or 10 seconds delay is ok (not perfect but ok) and I expect to take some panoramics using the interval at every 15 seconds and take 5 pictures.
the camera lens combination is sharp at f2.8, corner to corner, and everything looks great. At f5.6 I see things I haven't seen before, at least using the default settings.
I only use ISO 100 till now, not interested going up anywhere. I'll try ISO200 but no more.
The files are very rich, have a 3-D feeling that is very in your face, and after doing a few changes using Nik Silver Efex, the black and white are great.
SPP software is not the best (being generous), but it is worth the trouble.
Then I have a question I haven't figured it out yet. I cannot make a external flash to fire. the Flash menu in the camera is disabled, and it seems that it will only be activated putting a Sigma original flash (I dont have any)
I have tried a dumb hot shoe: nothing, a simple radio Yongnuo wireless shutter: nothing, a canon 580 EXII flash: nothing, a Canon original flash external cord: nothing. When I say nothing, I mean the Flash menu is still disabled and the flash does not fire. At some point I was able to fire the canon flash in stroboscopic mode (a mistake, because the flash was not set as stroboscopic) if camera used in M mode. My fuji X100 is ok setting it as External Flash and then adding anything to fire the flash in manual mode.
I just want to fire the external flash in manual mode, no TTL or anything.
I'm not familiar with Sigma products, and after a long research I couldn't find any Sigma external flash cord.
So, my question is, do you know any Sigma or compatible cord to fire a external flash in manual mode?
Something like this but for Sigma?
I was thinking that maybe this cord will do the trick:
Ideally I'd like to have: DP2M + external cord + flash canon 580 EXII, or if not possible, replace the canon flash for a original Sigma flash.