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| Re: Sigma DP3 Merrill has been announced |
If you 'Click' on the Sigma DP3 Image in the Photo Gallery and then 'Zoom In' on it... It looks pretty good!
(Yes... This image is not a 'Good Candidate' for examining the 'Extreme Corners' of course).
But the Center Sharpness initially looks 'Quite Impressive' and the 'Bokeh' certain looks very pleasing.
We already pretty much know... All that we REALLY need to know about the actual DP3 Merrill Camera Body and its respective Foveon X3 46MP (4,800 × 3,200 × 3 Layers) Image Sensor. What it will really 'Boil Down to' is..... 'How good is this *NEW* 50mm f/ 2.8 Lens'
However, based upon the following points... I would expect this lens to be very, very good -- And *Perhaps* (hopefully) even be quite exceptional:
1). A 50mm Macro Focal Length Lens... Is fairly easy to design these days.
(*Also taking into consideration of course... That this Sigma 50mm was only designed with a Maximum Magnification of 1:3 and Not 1:1 or even 1:2)...
2). This Lens of course also ONLY has to be 'Designed' to cover APS-C (23.7x15.7mm) and not Full Frame.
3). The fact that this lens has been 'Conservatively Designed' (With a 'relatively slow' Maximum Aperture of f/2.8) and not f/2.0 --- Like the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 T* Makro-Planar, Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital Lens (for Four Thirds) or the even older Olympus OM Zuiko MC Auto Macro 50mm f/2.0 Lens.
*** (And 'NO'... I am certainly not 'knocking' the Zeiss or the two Olympus Lenses just previously mentioned -- In any Way, Shape or Form!
Without a doubt... They are ***ALL*** Excellent (If not 'Outstanding') Lenses -- IMNSHO)). Enough said!
4). The fact that this Sigma Lens is said to use Special Low Dispersion (SLD) Glass... Accompanied by more than one (1) Aspherical Lens Element. Although this is 'fairly standard' practice these days... It is still a good sign.
5). The fact that the recently introduced (and of *Similar* Design) Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (although the Olympus is of course an 'Interchangeable Lens')... Has also received very good reviews and is thought of quite highly these days -- Should 'Bode' quite well for the new Sigma 50mm f/2.8 (Hopefully).
6). The fact that the 'Respective Lenses' on the latest Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma DP2 Merrill Cameras (Especially the 30mm f/2.8 Lens -- 35mm Equivalent: 45mm on the DP2 Merrill)) are so good and also how Sigma's latest 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens (For DSLR's) is also garnishing very, very good Reviews... Is certainly 'Encouraging'.
This shows that Sigma certainly knows how to produce 'Excellent Optics' these days (When they want to)...
'All In All'... I certainly would expect (and hope) that this new lens will be 'Quite Impressive'.
Whether or not it is a Focal Length that you are interested in... *OR* if you can live with all of the various 'Warts and Imperfections' of the Sigma DP Merrill Cameras (**And for that matter... Also Sigma Photo Pro) -- Is of course like they say... 'ANOTHER STORY ALTOGETHER!!!'.
** (Hopefully, Iridient Digital will 'Step Up' to the plate soon... With 'RAW' Support for the various Sigma DP Merrill Cameras -- With their next 'Update' of RAW Developer)...