Paris with DP2M and Nex 7

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Registered: Apr 22, 2004
Total Posts: 1863
Country: Germany

Two weeks ago I spent 4 days together with my family in Paris. The main focus of this trip was sightseeing, having fun and eating some good food.

But of course I also wanted to meet my friend Philippe and shoot together with him. We managed to do this on one evening at the Pont Alexandre III and on one morning at the Louvre. Since this was not a photography trip I decided to leave the Leica equipment at home and just take my new Sigma DP2M and a small tripod. Philippe used his Nex 7 with his Leica lenses.

I’m satisfied with the images I got out of the DP2M and did not regret leaving the Leica at home. The biggest problem with the DP2M is, that the necessary postprocessing of the images is quite time-consuming (compared to other cameras like the Leica M9 or Canon 5DII). First I have to use two converters (SPP and LR) and second I don’t like the colors of the Sigma files without further adjustments. For example I often had to reduce the yellow saturation to get pleasing results. Nevertheless I really like the DP2M.

Here are my images:

Pont de la Tournelle:

Institut du monde arabe:

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Neuf:

Pont des Arts:


Cité (Métro Paris):

Cathédrale Notre-Dame:

Place de la Concorde:

Jardin des Tuileries:

Place Georges-Pompidou:

Tour Eiffel:

Now it's your turn Philippe. And thanks again for your help in Paris.


Registered: Feb 03, 2010
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Registered: Aug 22, 2011
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Country: United States

Awesome photos, lots of fine detail that invites the eye to linger.

Registered: Feb 15, 2009
Total Posts: 1503
Country: Norway

These are great shots! For the first time, I can say that the DP2M seems to have "something" special in the IQ department. Very nice, Boris.

Registered: Aug 16, 2009
Total Posts: 86
Country: United States

I keep telling myself I have no interest in this camera because of the reasons you have cited regarding workflow. But then I look at the amazing quality of these images and my interest is rekindled.

Just out of interest, how many spare batteries did you carry with you on this trip?

Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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train tunnel is ridiculous!

can't wait for philbers pictures.

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

Wow, very cool photos. Were you up at jet lagged super early hours to get so many locations sans people. Wonderful!

Registered: Oct 22, 2008
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Country: Japan

Very nice! I especially like the Cité (Métro Paris) shots! Kuul!

Edgars Kalnins
Registered: Mar 09, 2007
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Country: Latvia

All my camera gear for your eye, Boris! It does not sounds morbid, does it? Impressive pictures!

Registered: Jul 06, 2011
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Country: Czech Republic

Best pics I saw from DP2M.

Damn Im even starting to want something with that sensor.

Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
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Country: Canada

Absolutely beautiful Boris!

Registered: May 25, 2008
Total Posts: 711
Country: Netherlands

There are a zillion pictures of Paris, but these belong to the best!

Registered: Apr 22, 2004
Total Posts: 1863
Country: Germany

Thanks guys!

@calvininjax: I carried 4 spare batteries, but never used more than 2 on one day.

@timpdx: Only once I got up very early to shoot the Louvre (and the bridges Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts) together with Philippe. At the other places I sometimes had to wait a few minutes to get a shot without people. Luckily my family is very understandig (and used to this situation).


Registered: Aug 03, 2009
Total Posts: 5890
Country: Canada

A spectacular set! I really was wowed by the metro shots.

I'd love to see a FF version of this sensor in a body like the RX1, that I'd pay 3K for.

Jonas B
Registered: Jun 05, 2005
Total Posts: 2718
Country: Sweden

Boris, my favourites here are

Institut du monde arabe - for the foreground sculpture details and vividness with a suitable grey but still fascinating background
Pont Alexandre III - the last one, like a well taken postcard
Cité (Métro Paris) - the first and third ones (and also congrats to the architects of course), powerful and to my taste down to the last rivet

...and I would like to thank you for the inspiration. It was a joy scrolling down the page.

Registered: Aug 23, 2005
Total Posts: 6571
Country: Canada

Wow Boris, these are great! I love the whole Cité set and the last one from the Louvre. Also the city skyline, which actually looks kind of uncharacteristic for this camera. It doesn't feel heavy in the shadows like many DP1/2M images. Did you do something different with it? (looks like the nasty orange streetlight color saturation was pulled back a fair amount) Also nice to see the camera produces lovely starbursts from pinpoint light sources.

Registered: Sep 26, 2012
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Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

I was with Boris only on two occasions, for the Pont Alexandre III, and for the Louvre and Ile de la Cité metro station. I wouldn't read too much into the camera comparison, because Boris could make any camera shine...
All 3 shots with NEX 7 and Leica Summilux 50.
_DSC9859-1 par philippeberend, sur Flickr

_DSC9848-1 par philippeberend, sur Flickr

_DSC9861-1 par philippeberend, sur Flickr

Registered: Mar 18, 2003
Total Posts: 3575
Country: United States

Boris, Philippe, wonderful photography. Really takes you there.


Registered: Apr 27, 2010
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Country: Poland

mcbroomf wrote:
Boris, Philippe, wonderful photography. Really takes you there.



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