Sigma DP3M Sample Photos Now Online

Amin

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Sigma published a full-resolution sample photo gallery from the new DP3 Merrill, which has a 50mm (75mm equivalent) f/2.8 macro lens.

As expected, the level of detail is stunning. Here is the MTF data from Sigma:

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Link to the sample photo gallery: Sample Photo Gallery | SIGMA DP3 Merrill : Special Contents

via 1001 Noisy Cameras
 

bartjeej

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bart
wow, the textures it renders really make me drool:eek: wish I could afford to spend lots of money on not-particularly-versatile cameras!
 

serhan

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NYC
Usual Sigma sharpness, but it will be harder to hand hold at lower iso's with longer range... Too bad they didn't do one DP with interchangeable mount so we can use faster lenses...
 

JJJPhoto

Regular
Unfortunately, if the indoor and low light focus is as bad as the rest of the DP series then I think I'll pass.

I loved my DP2s ... when I was able to get autofocus to work or when I manually focused. The handful of reviews of the new DPM cameras that I've read suggest AF is still an issue. I just wish Sigma could figure out the secret sauce for better autofocus with the DP cameras.
 
Unfortunately, if the indoor and low light focus is as bad as the rest of the DP series then I think I'll pass.

I loved my DP2s ... when I was able to get autofocus to work or when I manually focused. The handful of reviews of the new DPM cameras that I've read suggest AF is still an issue. I just wish Sigma could figure out the secret sauce for better autofocus with the DP cameras.

Someone over at rff said the dp2 and 1 Merrill's were a bit faster than the dp2, if I remember correctly. The dp2m is the first foveon sensor camera I have ever owned. I find it somewhere between te first and second firmware update of the Fuji x100 in terms of af speed. Low light af is not as good as the Fuji..

I been wondering if it is a CPU related issue as opposed to algo. That is a lot of info to process if there is no hw assist. Contrast detection af runs in a repeative loop style to narrow down to acceptable focus.

Gary
 

Chris2500dk

Top Veteran
Images look great, I'd just be worried about usability in the real world.

You probably need a high shutter speed to prevent camera shake with a resolution that high and a slight tele focal length, so in anything but bright light it's going to be compromised for hand-held shooting.
At least for color, with the new B/W SPP you're probably fine going to ISO3200 which will help a lot.
 

Andrewteee

All-Pro
Images look great, I'd just be worried about usability in the real world.

You probably need a high shutter speed to prevent camera shake with a resolution that high and a slight tele focal length, so in anything but bright light it's going to be compromised for hand-held shooting.
At least for color, with the new B/W SPP you're probably fine going to ISO3200 which will help a lot.

I wish the DPMs could be used more easily handheld, but I just use them with a tripod and at ISO 100. But you're right that the DP3M will be even more concerned with camera shake given its focal length.

That said, soon I'll probably start to experiment with handheld shots for B&W.
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
I've been taking many of my recent shots with both the DP1 and DP2M handheld. I've used a handle from an old flash bracket and fitted it with a quick release platform of the same type I use on my tripod. I find that set up much easier to hand hold than just the camera itself.

Barrie
 

Xuereb

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W. Australia
I wish the DPMs could be used more easily handheld, but I just use them with a tripod and at ISO 100. But you're right that the DP3M will be even more concerned with camera shake given its focal length.

Owing to a shortage of cash flow my tripod isn't working at the moment so all my pictures are hand held DP2M. I wish I had the tripod in working order; it is essential with the DP2M. Just waiting to save & buy a RRS clamp and quick release.
 

kevwilfoto

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Frederick, CO
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Kevin
I know this isn't a new idea, but I think Sigma would have a serious hit on their hands if they put this sensor in a mirrorless body - NEX mount, Fuji XF mount, µ4/3 mount, whatever. Their current camera strategy (proprietary DSLR mount, fixed lens compacts) for the Foveon sensor leaves me cold.

*edit* I actually hadn't looked at the sample photos ... now I have, and they're amazing! Drool-worthy sensor tech & glass in a very poor body for too high a price.
 

Livnius

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Melbourne. Australia
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Joe
Last week I was a whisker away from pulling the trigger on a very well priced barely used dp2merrill complete with nice freniac grip, the sluggish performance and battery consumption was not an issue...ultimately it was an inconvenient LR workflow for RAW that stopped me.

Man the images I've seen come these babies are astonishing, I would SO love to take one these out into the back alleys of Melbourne and capture the treasure of fascinating inner urban decay and textures. What a joy it must be come home from a days shooting and look at the images this little machine has captured.

It's now the second time I've passed on a pristine copy for under $720 and each time my will gets weaker.
 

Livnius

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Melbourne. Australia
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Joe
Lol.

Sold at eBay auction last week. (Item 111007993023)
A guy in Canberra had it...700 shutter count, 3 batteries, freniac grip and wide angle converter. Bloody hell that was a good deal but the thought of having to first work via SPP then Lightroom kinda put me off. Lazy I know.

Believe me mate...I was quietly kicking myself when I let it slip. Only 4 bids.

Don't make me regret missing this chance more than I already do ok.

;)

PS. Interestingly enough, his reason for sale ? Going X-Pro !
 

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