Thinking of Buying a Sigma DP Camera?

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Thinking of Buying a Sigma DP Camera?
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So your thinking about getting a Sigma DP Camera.  Good choice !  But, consider some aspects of the DP line before getting in.  If you are thinking of taking pictures of objects within 15 feet of you, it's strongly recommended you get a Sigma flash. Why ?  The DP range has a leaf shutter that can flash sync to ridiculously high levels letting you shoot in the brightest of sunshine, for more even lighting of your subjects.  The small/thin Sigma EF-140 is a low-cost good choice that complements the camera. Larger, higher guide-number Sigma flashes can also be used in the DP line, but one may find them ungainly.  If you are not getting one of the "Merrell"(M) or new "Quattro"(Q) cameras, but one of the older used DP cameras, this is a non-issue due to those cameras already having a flash on-board.

Batteries.  If you love taking many pictures at each outing, you will need more than the lone battery that came with your camera.  Some shooters have as many as 4 extra batteries for the 'M' line.  The good news is batteries are cheap!  Sigma batteries for the older DP line are as low as $20. and after-market batteries can get even cheaper.  The new Q series looks like having at least one more battery would be a prudent investment.  Remember, these batteries preform far more poorly at very cold ambient temperatures.

While a lens shade can be obviated for the DP3M and forthcoming DP3Q, it is recommended that the DP2, DP2M, and DP2Q to have the optional lens shade applied the majority of the time due to flare issues.  An inexpensive semi-hard camera case is available that can protect your DP against much damage.

Here are some considerations against pulling the trigger on getting a Sigma DP camera:   If you are JPEG-only shooter the DP line may not be for you.  Consider the Sony DSC-RX100 III instead for JPEG-only shooting, the DP line does not offer the resolution of other competitors for in-camera processing to JPEGs.  The RAW-converting Sigma program 'SPP' is a slow program with a limited amount of changes possible compared to other programs.  You may already know that the higher-ISO range of the DP line is limited, even though the newest Q line addresses this concern, you will not want to shoot these cameras above ISO 1600 handheld unless shooting B&W.

Well, how do Sigma camera shooters get around these problems?  Lets take them one-by-one.  The best practice is to SHOOT ONLY RAW.  The conversion process is not that bad with SPP and it's bulk processing mechanism makes the process even easier.  The 'Q' line attempts to make a a better in-camera JPEG, by-the-way. If you have an Apple computer, the Sigma camera is your friend, because you can use the faster Irident Developer program to process your images.  Also making the conversion process faster are Solid State Hard Drives (SSD).  While it's true that SPP does not do everything, many users use it as a first-step in altering their images, often using Adobe Corp. products thereafter.  As for how to ameliorate the high-IOS limitations of the DP line?  Use what's been a photographer's fried for over a century- the tripod.  Shoot at lower ISO levels and extend the time of your shot using a tripod.  A great low-cost, lightweight, compact tripod is the 'Slingshot' line.  One of the advantages to the DP line is it's light weight, which means you can use a lightweight tripod.

Lastly, do not get sucked into the whole megapixel debate.  Much on-line vitriol has been spewed about this subject, and Sigma Corp. continues to fan the flames with it's new term "Sensels".  Just know that your new DP will outperform in resolution other cameras (even Full-Frame).  Other makes may have an edge in coloration, but this is a matter of taste.

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