Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?
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cjrpostma
Registered: Sep 13, 2011
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cjrpostma wrote:
So, I haven't read every page of this thread but I have Googled and am coming up empty handed.....will using my Nikon SB-910 on my Sigma DP2M cause any harm to either unit (i.e. different voltage)? Not that this is an ideal solution but I'm curious. I am fully aware that the SB-910 is probably heavier than the Sigma body.


Well, as predicted, the SB-910 works flawless in the hotshoe in manual mode. No damage done.



millsart
Registered: Apr 29, 2009
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Kit Laughlin wrote:
My DP2M arrives this coming week, so joining this thread. That Flipbac will be somewhat familiar to view camera users... at least in the mirror-reversed sense. And thanks to all who have posted in this long thead; between this one and a similar one over at GETdpi, most of what one needs to know can be found.



Will be very interested to hear what you think of the camera Kit. I know you typically prefer camera with a more traditional analog interface, so I'll be curious to hear how you can get along with the DP2M and its simple, yet quite P&S style of control.

IQ is amazing though and typically makes all the other faults not seem so bad



Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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Hey, Millsart,

I think for most of us here, IQ trumps everything—but still the camera must be useable. I have been on a quest for over a year now to settle on a single system.... but that seems not to have happened. My other camera (still waiting for it) is another AA filter-less offering, the X-E1.

My favourite focal length is what the DP2M offers (so, on the X-E1, the stellar 30/1.4 will do very well), but the lack of a finder (apart from a crude optical one in the hot shoe) may mean that the DP2M will fill only a niche, but fill it it does, it seems. I plan to use it on a light tripod, and I have a nice pano unit to pair it with (and I much prefer to make panos with a normal lens, too).

Regarding my UI preferences, again like most here, I have had to adapt continually. My litmus test re. UI is the Nikon F Photomic... but those days are long gone. One of the reasons I was so drawn to the X-E1 (and why I sold the OM-D and a host of other mirrorless bodies) is that the buttons and dials (and the top plate controls) look like that can be set up for simple, fast use, and because the buttons are slightly larger, and slightly further apart than on any comparable body.

So, the DP2M looks similar in that regard. I hope that it has been delivered by the time I get back home. I have ordered Richard Freniac's grip for it too; I received notification that he is taking orders for this now. Having had three of his grips on other, smaller, cameras, I can say that they change the handling completely, and change the profile only slightly. Cheers, kl



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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Kit, hope it works for you. At least you will be surprised once you see the files at 100%.

Dieppe













Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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Michiel, thanks—and I have enjoyed your series very much, both here and in the 'no love for the GXR' thread. Still waiting for the DP2M to arrive...

I should also mention that I spent all day today re-reading this whole thread: thank you to everyone who contributed; this is a serious contribution to the field of understanding this remarkable camera.



ReneMurea
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If anyone is interested, Adorama has both DP1M and DP2M on sale for $849.
Save 2% extra if you buy trough fatwallet.com



tsdevine
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Argh!!!!



Tariq Gibran
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What a great price! Same deal at B&H through the 27th.



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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Kit Laughlin wrote:
Michiel, thanks—and I have enjoyed your series very much, both here and in the 'no love for the GXR' thread. Still waiting for the DP2M to arrive...

I should also mention that I spent all day today re-reading this whole thread: thank you to everyone who contributed; this is a serious contribution to the field of understanding this remarkable camera.


Cool, Kit! The DP2M and XE-1 should be a great low/high ISO one-two punch.



Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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Douglas, I have been trying, really trying, for a year to make the one-body (or at least, one brand) system that does what I need, but... you know the rest. I am looking forward to the X-E1 very much too.



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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Kit Laughlin wrote:
Douglas, I have been trying, really trying, for a year to make the one-body (or at least, one brand) system that does what I need, but... you know the rest. I am looking forward to the X-E1 very much too.


What happened to your Ricoh? Ain't that a nice compliment to the Sigma?

Michiel



sculptormic
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Last leaves at the boarder of Fôret dÉu, Normandy.
Two horizontal image stich.

Michiel







Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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Michiel, re. the Ricoh: excellent IQ, but I really did not like the external finder; many reasons. I have decided to move over to the X-E1 to see what that's like; no AA filter, and a built-in EVF (though it does not tilt up and there is no opening LCD) and an excellent sensor means that it's worth a look/try/feel, at least. In the meantime, the DP2 M! Cheers, KL



Chrissearle
Registered: May 22, 2012
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Fabulous image sculptormic, just my cup of tea. I'm in The Ardeche and currently do this sort of thing with a 5D3. Very very tempted by this camera but I keep telling myself that the 5D can do this. Obviously the Merrill is MUCH smaller and lighter... Ah... my wallet is twitching again dammit...



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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Thank you Chrissearle!

The 5D3 is a fantastic camera and you can put on many lenses.
But if you want to travel light and want to do carefull photography the DP2m is really nice.

Michiel



jv11
Registered: Mar 02, 2011
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I know the camera is limited to a max 30 second exposure time, but is it possible to turn dark frame subtraction off?

Thanks



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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Sorry jv11 but I wouldn't know. I never delt with dark frame substraction!?, but my technical kowledge is limited, sorry

A picture instead...







U.C.
Registered: May 25, 2008
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Limburg near the German border (Aachen)?



Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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As everyone here has noted, the details SOOC is amazing, and the files do have a 3D quality about them.

See this one taken yesterday (the hill we walk on most days):

And the one below is a 100% crop, from the focus point:

My mistake (thanks Carsten); my original crop was smaller than the output size I specified—so Aperture enlarged and softened it



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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U.C. wrote:
Limburg near the German border (Aachen)?


This is Normandy, Haute Normandy near Dieppe.



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