AdamT

AdamT

Lives in United Kingdom Northwest, United Kingdom
Works as a Commercial / Wedding / Event / Press Photographer
Joined on May 23, 2002

AdamT's current gear

Canon PowerShot G1 X
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix P330
After 3 years and 22,000 shots as a Silent shoot and commercial photography work cam, this is now in retirement as my stroll around camera and its still up to the job !! , it`s getting brassed corners on the body but lens/sensor is still clean and working beautifully. full marks for longevity, predictability and image quality !
Still the Pinhead megazoom to beat despite being 2yrs out of date and the wash of 60-65X zooms. main reason being the fantastic (for its size) 12Mp sensor, the lens is superb bar softness at the long end caused by diffraction and the usual CA (better than the newer or older cams though) the SX50 is sharper than the (also ageing but revered) panny FZ200 and a far better sensor than the noisy panny too . of course the SX50 has a naff (but usable) EVF, irritating slow motor zoom and the AF could be faster even for its age hence the 4 stars .. Great that it takes G1X batteries :)
Ultra Bargain Subcompact with a Winning Sensor / Lens combo, which are tack sharp edge to edge at F1.8 & amazing detail and DR, far beyond the performance of the Canon S series . lens gives about a 21mm Field of view in RAW without lens correction (DIY in PT Lens) , excellent range and superb IS . only two flies in the ointment - Speed (both writing of the Bloated RAW files and paging through the menus are way behind the times Like Coolpixes are) and the dials are non configurable making the nice command dial useless in AV mode. if Image quality is THE most important to you Get one ..
Sigma DP1
Sigma DP2 Merrill
Slow is the best word to describe the DP1 thesedays but alongside the DP2 held on to the classic Foveon look to images which sadly departed to a degree with the AFE powered X models and the SD15 ............... Stars are for image and lens quality alone, the rest is inferior to a cam of over 10 years ago (it makes a 13yr old Sony 707 look like a Nikon D4 handling and speed wise)
A real Detail monster with enough "Different from run of the mill Foveon" image quality to earn it the title of modern day SD9 (though the IQ is more Urbex to the SD9`s Alien Landscape) - whereas the new Quatto is trying to play in Bayers court, the Merrills will always stand out for being different and that`s a GOOD thing ... The lens is the sweetspot in the DP range , better than the other Merrils (especially the DP1M) and better than the old DP2 .. Handling wise it`ll always look sad next to a current mirrorless but next to the old original DP series, it`s a speed demon with awesome ergonomics and a fantastic screen .... Actually would have got 5 stars if it could do regular DP look images as well as the "Urbex filter" look to the pics but even in SPP this isn't possible