Why doesn't the Nikon D800E need the X-Trans?

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In reply to John Bean (UK), Dec 18, 2012

John Bean (UK) wrote:

rattymouse wrote:

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Zardoz wrote:

Shots from the Sigma DP2M are impressive at 100%.

I happen to have the Sigma DP2M and am considering getting the DP1M wide angle. The DP2M has stunning resolution and depth of image so that one can see almost forever in landscapes and environmental shots. Reflected light images off water, glass, metal and shiny objects are amazing. Colours are brilliant. But its strengths are also its weaknesses when doing portraits or candid shots. The depth of resolution penetrates every wrinkle and elevates every mole or pimple. Shiny patches on noses and foreheads look like oil slicks. Skin tones are marked with every blemish. Fine blood vessels, bloodshot eyes and nose hairs are there in all their glory. The Sigma is a wonderful specialist low ISO camera. The Xpro 1 is an outstanding all rounder. And if talking about just portrait shots exclusively then the old silky smooth Fuji S3 or S5 are still better than both of these but the Xpro1 is damn close. I am lucky to own all of these cameras.

The Sigma DP cameras are very interesting, except for the fact that they are horrific at even moderate ISO. No way I can pay so much money for a camera that looks so awful at ISO1600. Even 800 is not good. A shame that this technology is limited in that fashion.

Not everyone wants/needs to use high ISO with every camera they own.

That's very true.  Since I am a long time high ISO user, clearly the Sigma cameras are not for me.  BUt I enjoy other people's work with them.  And I still get tempted from time to time.

It's a long time since I used a Foveon camera but I did enjoy its unique image rendering, much in the same way I enjoyed using slow colour film back in the day. I doubt anyone would use a DP camera for everything.

That said I agree they are priced rather high (by my standards) for what they are but they do offer some unique features that are in many ways complementary to Fuji X cameras. Choice is good.

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