Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?
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Collin Orthner
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
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kosmoskattan wrote:
How is Red Deer nowadays? I haven't been there in a few years but I have friends who grew up there and still have family there. Harsh winter in Alberta this year?

This town is pretty busy, being central to all the oil and gas in Alberta. Harsh winter? Winter has just started, I would say harsh fall! We got a good dump of snow in October already that never went away and it's been cold since. Just looked at the weather here right now, it is -19C with a windchill of -26C.



nandadevieast
Registered: Aug 12, 2012
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long exposure:







Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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For me you are the inventor, 'cos I learned it from you, and I remember the thread was here, too (if my memory hasn't failed me!). Cheers, KL



cjrpostma
Registered: Sep 13, 2011
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Has anyone heard when the viewfinder, Sigma VF-21, might be back in stock? Rumors? Estimations?



Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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An update for pano-fans: I just ordered the Rotator Plus and the Midi NPA from PT4Pano.

The Midi NPA is the correct one for the DP2 Merrill, too, BTW, and not the Mini KISS, which some sites recommend. I intend to team this up with the little Benro "MeFoto" (who dreams up these names?) tripod for the ultimate portable kit.



Jochenb
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I've owned a DP2 a few years ago. I liked the output, but the actual resolution of the files was too low. SPP also was a pain in the *ss. I sold it and never looked back... until now.
I installed the latest SPP and downloaded some DP2 Merrill RAW files. Wow.
These files look amazing. I've never seen so much fine detail. Even my best Zeiss lenses can't reach this level of detail.
With the Merrill you also have an actual resolution that's large enough. No more tiny photos.
The software certainly improved as well. Basic adjustments, export as a .tif to use in Lightroom. No real problems so far.

This makes me think. It could be a nice companion for my Fuji X-E1. When shooting in good light/from a tripod the DP2M slaughters the X-E1 (talking about fine detail). When the ISO goes up, it's the other way round.



Kit Laughlin
Registered: Mar 08, 2004
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Country: Australia

JochenB: my kit is X-E1, CV/12/5.6 on Fuji X adapter, 35/1.4, Rokkor 55/1.2 (waiting for adapter, though), 60/2.4 (though focussing is slow, and DP2 Merrill.

Waiting on the PT4Pano gear; once it arrives I am set. I really did just want one camera, but the sensor gods say that is not to be. In the meantime, the X-E1 people files are magnificent (skin tones are rendered beautifully, and I have mine set to Auto 6400, something I was only ever able to do with the D3s), and I set shutter and aperture. Back to the future, I say.



juan_amores
Registered: May 21, 2009
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A few more from yerterday.
Merry Christmas


_SDI0235 ByN por John Loves, en Flickr


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sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1222
Country: Netherlands

Tariq Gibran wrote:
sculptormic wrote:
Tariq Gibran wrote:
Yeah, the DP Merrills are the sort of tools that separate the boys from the men!


How do you mean



Just in reference to the whining by Chris in The Camera Store video review posted above. I know a lot of that was him just playing devils advocate, but it's just funny - and annoying- to hear all the minor complaints given the ultimate image quality the DP Merrill's are capable of at base ISO in the right hands.

By the way, there is a rumor of a FF Foveon coming next year. Given that the DP Merrills surpass conventional bayer FF 24MP sensors and are very close to the best 36MP sensors at base ISO, a FF Foveon could be amazing.

http://photorumors.com/2012/12/22/impress-magazine-2013-predictions-new-foveon-x-trans-sensors-nex-camera-all-full-frame/#more-36650


Oh oké, got you!
A FF Foveon would be really fantastic! All those wishes one has, I am getting impatient
The existing little sensor is already amizing.














Yakim Peled
Registered: Nov 18, 2004
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Tariq Gibran wrote:
Yeah, the DP Merrills are the sort of tools that separate the boys from the men!


Plenty of boys around, playing with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji etc.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



nandadevieast
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nandadevieast
Registered: Aug 12, 2012
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Country: India

Collin Orthner wrote:
Thanks Juan.

I hope that's not the last boat out - but then again, you get the whole beach to yourself!

A step back a few weeks before any snow or weather that would freeze up Waskasoo Creek here in Red Deer, Alberta. A small stone in the creek was sticking through the surface just enough to stop a leaf. Soon, another stuck to that leaf and so on. Pretty soon we have a nice collection. Most of the leaves, though, went around and continued there journey towards the Red Deer River only a kilometer away.




wonderful shot



timpdx
Registered: Feb 02, 2005
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nandadevieast nice photo on the river. reminds me of the Irrawaddy River where I am now on Holiday in Myanmar. Using my DP2m of course, but the internet is just horrible here so no pics to post.



sculptormic
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Lovely river with a timeless mood, nandadevieast!

Roofs.







weekh
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Does Lightroom now support the raw file?



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
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No not yet. They are working on it. Use SPP and safe as TIFF and you can make adjustments in Lightroom or ACR.



Luis Cunha
Registered: Dec 26, 2012
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Is there such a crazy test with DP2 Merrill vs Leica Monochrome?



Tariq Gibran
Registered: Oct 01, 2006
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Luis Cunha wrote:
Is there such a crazy test with DP2 Merrill vs Leica Monochrome?


I'm not aware of one. At base ISO, I would imagine they would be close. At higher ISO's, the Leica is going to be much better. The one huge advantage of the DP2 is, of course, it's full color sensor which, for B&W, will allow much more control of the resulting tones during conversion. With the Leica Monochrom, you're going to be using filters during exposure which are a bit more limiting.



Collin Orthner
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
Total Posts: 25
Country: Canada

timpdx wrote:
reminds me of the Irrawaddy River where I am now on Holiday in Myanmar. Using my DP2m of course, but the internet is just horrible here so no pics to post.



timpdx - Looking forward to seeing your images from Myanmar!!

An image from a location just a slight bit chillier than Myanmar - central Alberta, Canada.



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1222
Country: Netherlands

Luis Cunha wrote:
Is there such a crazy test with DP2 Merrill vs Leica Monochrome?



There are some tests here http://soundimageplus.blogspot.it/2012/11/ultimate-quality-test-part-1-four.html against the Nikon D600, NEX-7 and OM D.

And here http://soundimageplus.blogspot.it/2012/11/ultimate-quality-test-part-2-two-camera.html against the Nikon D800E



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