DP2 merrill...want one, but serious doubts

Started Aug 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Laurence Matson
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In reply to Jorginho, Aug 31, 2013

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Jorginho wrote:

So I have m43 camera's and won't part of them, because they are versatile: they do almost everything very well. GX7 is the next one if thorough reviews confirm the first findings.

DP2merill....is a specialist cam. Perfect companion. I want to use it for landscape. I have gone to many reviews and many, many pics.

And this comes to mind:
- When it is in the shade, like a waterfall it is fantastic.
- Close ups of things, animals or people: my mFT with the 20 mm Panny or Oly 45 do not come close to this level.

But here is the thing:
- Whenever it is something with shade and sunshine (also indirect), this cam reminds me of my Panny G1. Simply put: either the shadows seem too dark or the clouds are blown out
- In B&W, the same sort of landscapes all of a sudden look breathtakingly beautifull. I also noted that there are quite a few of these to be found: for the reason that in colour they do not look so good??
- Clouds have strange structures, the look a bit like oversharpened ( Ihave it seen many times, so I don;t think anyone did oversharpen them).
- Colour of the sky: weird on many occasions..

So is it like this: MF IQ but with the exception of Dynamic range?
and/Or
Is it mostly the softwarte delivered with the cam
and/or
Is it older FW versus newer FW?

Do you recognise this or not and what are your answers? In a bout 2,5 weeks I will be going to Scotland and the Lake District and seriously consider this cam for the landscapes tjhere but clearly need some advise.

Thanks a lot in advance!

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