Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?
In reply to mike earussi, Apr 12, 2013

mike earussi wrote:

You know, you can get the SD1M converted to accept Nikon mount lenses if you don't mind losing all automatic features. But for WA shots I use pano stitching, which works really well. And since you already have the DPM cameras you already own the best WA lenses Sigma makes. Why not try using them for a few WA pano stitched shots to see how you like it.

As for lenses, the 70 macro is my workhorse, used for 90% of my shots, for macro, portrait and pano stitched landscapes. It's easily the best lens Sigma made until the ones for the DPM series. I do occasionally use my 10-20 f3.5 for "near to far" pano stitching and have had good results with it for that specific purpose, but due to its high curvature of field, can't recommend it for "normal" WA shooting. Here are a few samples:

10-20: http://www.pbase.com/mikeearussi/image/145355631

http://www.pbase.com/mikeearussi/image/148840450

70 macro: http://www.pbase.com/mikeearussi/image/135579707

The other lenses mentioned are also good, especially the 50 and 150 macro. The 50-150 OS zoom is also supposed to be excellent (though heavy for an APS-C lens), with several testing sites calling it the best zoom lens ever made by anyone.

But Sigma is in the process of redoing all their lens lineup, with the 35 f1.4 A being the first, so with patience new improved WA lenses should be coming.

Hey Mike,

yes I know, but that Nikon hack wouldn't probably solve my WA conundrum, I am afraid - there aren't many ultra-WA that have an aperture ring and that are on par or better than the modern offerings from Sigma.

Stitching is always a possibility, but in no way replaces a good WA for me; there are too many situations where stitching is not an option but I need the field of view of a WA.

Thank you for endorsing the 50 and 150 macro choice, from what I saw they seem to be very very good indeed; I will look into the new 50-150 as well, thanks for pointing that out.

Last but not least, I surely hope that Sigma will keep redoing their lens lineup and especially their WA offering. Problem is, I need something now if I have to switch to Sigma

Best,

Vieri

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