Sigma has created the "Ultimate Ricoh GXR"

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Sigma has created the "Ultimate Ricoh GXR"
Feb 23, 2013

When Ricoh created their GXR system, they created a new system that forced you to purchase a new sensor every time you wanted to use a different lens. And while this concept does have some advantages, it was not a big hit with most camera enthusiasts. Their lens modules are being dramatically discounted, and they are well behind their own roadmap in rolling them out. It seems there just aren't very many people who feel the few advantages to this method outweigh the huge costs and inconveniences involved.

But now Sigma has outdone Ricoh by creating a system that requires you to buy a while new camera, sensor and lens each time you want to use a different focal length. The DP Merrill System.

With the release of the Sigma DP3 Merrill we now have three identical fixed lens cameras with three different focal lengths. And for a paltry $3,000 you can own all three.

  • The Sigma DP1 comes with the equivalent of a 28mm lens
  • The Sigma DP2 comes with the equvalent of a 50mm lens
  • The Sigma DP3 comes with the equivalent of a 75mm lens

But, aside from focal length, these three cameras are identical. None of the lenses are really fast. Each one is an f/2.8 lens. And each one costs a thousand dollars to buy.

It's hard to imagine how this would be any more compact, convenient, or cost effective than simply buying a third generation Olympus Pen camera with three lenses for a much lowert price. And while the Foevon sensor is very nice at low ISO, it is simply unusable at higher ISO settings. Some Sigma users say they don't use their cameras over ISO 400 for that very reason.

It pretty much defeats the purpose of building a compact camera when you need to carry around three of them.

If you like single focal length lenses, then for the same money you would need to spend for buying the DP Trio, you could buy an Olympus E-PL5 kit that would do a lot more and cost a lot less. It would even take up less space in your camera bag.

  • $600 for the Olympus E-PL5, body only
  • $200 for the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 lens.....(28mm equivalent)
  • $500 for the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens.......(35mm equivalent)
  • $500 for the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 lens......(50mm equivalent)
  • $400 for the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens.......(90mm equivalent)
Wait.. I was wrong... that only  adds up to $2,200 not $3,000. So you also have $800 left in your pocket, plus you now have four lenses and not three and every single one of them is faster than f/2.8.
That extra money left over might even buy you a fifth lens... like an Olympus 12mm f/2.0 or an Olympus 75mm f/1.8.
And the best part is that the E-PL5 has a flip screen, HD video, an AF assist lamp, art filters, can take an optional EVF, and can get reasonably good results at ISO 3200. And it isn't very much larger than the Sigma.
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Olympus PEN E-PL2 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R +7 more
Olympus PEN E-PL5 Sigma DP1 Sigma DP2 Sigma DP3 Merrill
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