Sigma DP2 Merrill: Have any of you tried it?
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andrenth
Registered: May 10, 2012
Total Posts: 91
Country: Brazil

Does anyone know what is the true base ISO on the DP2M? There's some debate about it on dpreview and it seems base ISO is 200, which seems to make sense because that's where the auto-ISO range starts, but the discussion doesn't seem to be conclusive. Does anyone know that info?

Thanks,
Andre



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
Total Posts: 2588
Country: Netherlands

Don't what the real ISO is. I know I use mainly 100 ISO till 200.

One more harbour shot.







tsdevine
Registered: May 26, 2006
Total Posts: 1877
Country: United States


I'll toss one into the mix...



-Tim



ntotrr
Registered: Sep 07, 2004
Total Posts: 42
Country: United States

andrenth wrote:
Does anyone know what is the true base ISO on the DP2M? There's some debate about it on dpreview and it seems base ISO is 200, which seems to make sense because that's where the auto-ISO range starts, but the discussion doesn't seem to be conclusive. Does anyone know that info?

Thanks,
Andre


I've been told by people who really should know that the base ISO of the Sigma SD1M, which shares the same sensor as the DP2M, is 200.



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

tsdevine said "I'll toss one into the mix..."

Nice toss Tim!



tsdevine
Registered: May 26, 2006
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Country: United States


Thanks Collin!

-Tim



neilvan
Registered: Aug 30, 2004
Total Posts: 538
Country: Canada

andrenth wrote:
Does anyone know what is the true base ISO on the DP2M? There's some debate about it on dpreview and it seems base ISO is 200, which seems to make sense because that's where the auto-ISO range starts, but the discussion doesn't seem to be conclusive. Does anyone know that info?

Thanks,
Andre


Couldn't tell you sorry, maybe try asking Sigma...

I do know that I shoot at ISO100 exclusively with the DP2M and am more than happy with the results.



juan_amores
Registered: May 21, 2009
Total Posts: 533
Country: Spain

Very nice images!! I always shot at 100 iso.
One more


_SDI0423 por John Loves, en Flickr



kosmoskatten
Registered: Oct 11, 2005
Total Posts: 3059
Country: Sweden

Aaaahh, you guys. Look what you made me do.
A local dealer had a DP2 M in store that a customer had ordered but didn't pick up.
So I thought, what the heck, I'll bite.

Also, I rummaged through my old lenses and decided that I probably wasn't going to use four of them so I sent them in as part exchange for a DP 1M that I have reserved for me. Should arrive in a week or two.
Who says long time lens hoarding doesn't pay off.

Still keeping the GXR and a few select lenses. A GXR doesn't fetch much nowadays so I decided to keep it as a fall back kit if the DP1/2 Merrills fail to impress me.



sculptormic
Registered: Feb 05, 2012
Total Posts: 2588
Country: Netherlands

Ah nice! Join in
I think the same about the Ricoh. I just keep it and use it on trips together with the DP2 M on which I can't carry a lot.



timpdx
Registered: Feb 02, 2005
Total Posts: 1967
Country: United States

First real photo trip with the DP2M to Myanmar (these are the jpegs, haven't even dug into DPP to work with these, I shot RAW + JPEG the entire trip)

does street photography just fine, thank you


bought it as a texture and abstract camera, and it is an absolute resolution machine








Jede
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
Total Posts: 36
Country: Finland

Hi, and greetings from Finland. I've used my DP2M for some weeks now, and gotten to understand most of the quirks I've come across. I've been reading this thread for some time now, but my schedule is quite limited to contribute at this time. If you're interested in my thoughts and some image examples, please read my fresh blog here. Thank you all for great images, tips and experiences. It's been a pleasure reading this thread



kosmoskatten
Registered: Oct 11, 2005
Total Posts: 3059
Country: Sweden

Päivä päivä, Jede, hauskaa nähdän.

Timpdx: Nice set. I've been to Myanmar though it was quite a while ago.



Tariq Gibran
Registered: Oct 01, 2006
Total Posts: 12903
Country: United States

kosmoskatten wrote:
Aaaahh, you guys. Look what you made me do.
A local dealer had a DP2 M in store that a customer had ordered but didn't pick up.
So I thought, what the heck, I'll bite.

Also, I rummaged through my old lenses and decided that I probably wasn't going to use four of them so I sent them in as part exchange for a DP 1M that I have reserved for me. Should arrive in a week or two.
Who says long time lens hoarding doesn't pay off.

Still keeping the GXR and a few select lenses. A GXR doesn't fetch much nowadays so I decided to keep it as a fall back kit if the DP1/2 Merrills fail to impress me.


Ha! I'm curious to hear your take on the DP2 Merrill Henrik.



kosmoskatten
Registered: Oct 11, 2005
Total Posts: 3059
Country: Sweden

Will definitely get back with first impressions when I have installed SPP and run a couple of files through it. Batteries are currently being charged. Both were flat on arrival.

Camera grip feels a bit slippery and modding the grip seems a likely approach if I bond with the camera. Normally I don't have problems with cameras sans extra grip but the DP2 M ergonomics are not to my taste in that department. But, it can easily be rectified.



cjrpostma
Registered: Sep 13, 2011
Total Posts: 91
Country: United States

It's been windy, snowing, cold, and dark out lately so I was playing around with the camera inside when the sun finally started to shine through the window. I forgot however that I had left the DP2M at ISO 1600 from the night before. I thought it might be helpful to show more examples of the noise pattern from this camera. This is by no means a good shot. Just posting to show the noise.

ISO 1600, 1/500, f/2.8 - only minor adjustments in SPP:


SDIM0743-2 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Closer look at the noise (all noise reduction turned off in SPP):


SDIM0743 by cjrpostma, on Flickr



cjrpostma
Registered: Sep 13, 2011
Total Posts: 91
Country: United States

Another item that I was discussing in an earlier post was using SPP to obtain a hyper sharp, unreal look.

This is accomplished by pushing the exposure slider to -2.0 and the X3 fill light slider to +2.0. Now, this is obviously overkill for the entire image. If one however does two RAW conversions, it is then of course possible to blend in the effect where desired. If you have heard of the photographer Dave Hill, he creates images that have a very contrasty, cartoon-like or illustrated look. He is very skilled at this and obviously spends a great deal of time in post production. People have been trying to emulate this look by using a plug-in called LucisArt. I find the look this effect gives similar to what I am able to do in SPP using the above mentioned sliders.

I'll post some examples from work, below. Again, in no way a good shot but I am doing this to demonstrate my point.

First, the straight RAW file:


SDIM0679 2 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Second, exposure -2.0 and fill +2.0:


SDIM0679 3 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

Third, a quick blend of the above two:


SDIM0679 by cjrpostma, on Flickr

All done in SPP minus the blending, of course.









carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

You photograph the doctors when they operate on you??



cjrpostma
Registered: Sep 13, 2011
Total Posts: 91
Country: United States

They say the best camera is the one you have with you!



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 16163
Country: Germany

Someone else said that the best camera is the one they usually leave at home



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