Meuh

Meuh

Lives in United Kingdom Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer, studio owner.
Has a website at www.thekirkystudio.com
Joined on Feb 16, 2008

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HBowman: Please, stop comparing those cameras with the D800 or 645Z. It come nowhere near in every IQ therm. It might lure the spectator sometimes, on rez only (and after extensive PP), but that's all.

Those are special cameras. Comparing it with any other brand (especially FF and MF) is just wrong (either for the ones defending it and for SIGMA, who just passively endorse it).

I can understand why Retouchers don't like working on Merrill files because they per pixel detail breaks some of Photoshops tools (clone/heal/patch tools cant seem to handle the detail) but upscaling the image can help with this. (I retouch my own files).

I agree with you on the lens, the dp3m should have had more/curved aperture blades for nicer DoF and its odd that the dp2/dp1 have more.

As for the Dp*Q's, It's been a while since I used one but they are still working on the IQ and while it has lost some of the Merrills per detail/micro contrast they have been improving the IQ and using images from Image resource I found that the Dp2q is in some ways better than canons new 50mp 35mm sensor.

The dp*Q's also have a new DP0 with 12mm lens but you are right in that some more innovation would have been nice (like upgrading the dp3q lens?) but in general I'm just glad sigma are still bringing the cameras and unique sensors to the market as I feel they render things better than bayer.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 09:24 UTC
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Akpinxit: what is so "compact" about this camera ?

Akpinxit.

I upscaled the dp2q shots to match that of the new 50mp canon and I found I liked the Dp2q images more so I don't think down scaling any 24mp bayer image is going to give you similar results and the Quattro is just under 20mp.

I still like the look of my Merrills (14.6mp)
over a 24mp bayer.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 09:13 UTC
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HBowman: Please, stop comparing those cameras with the D800 or 645Z. It come nowhere near in every IQ therm. It might lure the spectator sometimes, on rez only (and after extensive PP), but that's all.

Those are special cameras. Comparing it with any other brand (especially FF and MF) is just wrong (either for the ones defending it and for SIGMA, who just passively endorse it).

vscd, the lens on the dp3m is simply outstanding.... much less lens errors than I'm used to (fringing and such) sharp across the frame wide open and images from it are just a joy to view.

Combined with the Merrill sensor the images are just full of life, detail and have more depth to them than anything I can get out of my bayer cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 11:46 UTC
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xeriwthe: most logical elegant design ever conceived by man

The Quattro's are actually very nice to use, I personally like the smaller size of the Merrill's though.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 08:33 UTC
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justmeMN: "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason" - Jerry Seinfeld

I walk around with a DP1M and DP3M now, my dslr (k5) gets left in the house as I feel its too big and the IQ isn't even close.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 08:31 UTC
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HBowman: Please, stop comparing those cameras with the D800 or 645Z. It come nowhere near in every IQ therm. It might lure the spectator sometimes, on rez only (and after extensive PP), but that's all.

Those are special cameras. Comparing it with any other brand (especially FF and MF) is just wrong (either for the ones defending it and for SIGMA, who just passively endorse it).

I have to agree, my Merrill DP camera's used in a situation they shine crap all over my apcs.. so much so its not even fair to compare them and you need a much larger bayer sensor both in size and pixel count (with awesome lens) to start to match the DP series.

Ofc a d800 and the like offer more DoF control and lens options.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 08:23 UTC
On Hands-on with new Olympus PRO 8mm and 7-14mm lenses article (268 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Oly seems getting better while Fuji T1 has ONLY one weather sealed OIS lens -
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

Not to mention it is SLOW, plus it even not go wide to 24mm.

Pana GH3/4 are not bad body, but NO IBIS. So the weather sealed (zoom) lens selection is very limited.

SONY A7-2 is said to have some kind of sealing, but where is the sealed (zoom) lens?

you could always check out pentax?

great weather sealed cameras and a range of weather sealed lens (from kit upto pro).

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:42 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (513 comments in total)
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rrccad: okay. so if I'm shooting static scenes. why do I need pixel shifting, since I can usually keep the ISO low, and increase the shutter speed anyways, since you're a) already using tripod (have to for pixel shifting) b) taking images of static scenes.

at least with Olympus - you can see the benefit for product photography, this though outside of reviews .. I'm at a loss to when I'd actually use it and need it.

should be interesting to see all the people in here SCREAMING in mortal agony over the lack of a flash, wifi, articulating screen,etc,etc... especially after all the ranting over the 7DII not having it ;)

Because you get full colour info at each pixel which is a big deal and one of the reasons why I shoot foveon over my pentax .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1235 comments in total)

I sent my Samsung Tabet of to Samsung for repair after it failed to self update, I was then told it had a broken usb port (it didn't before I sent it in) and was told to pay £90 to bring it back into warranty before they would even look at or quote me a repair for the other problem.

If Samsung want me to buy there camera's they better start with customer support.

Ps.. got my tablet back, I fixed the usb port myself (which had been pushed down) and sort of got it working (randomly crash's due to the memory being screwed) since Samsung wouldn't help even though it was under warranty.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 18:33 UTC as 281st comment | 1 reply
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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SnakePlissken: The DP Merrill line of cameras are probably the greatest value cameras of all time. They now sell for about £350 yet produce images that are almost medium format in quality. Experts have said only the D800E challenges them before you get into the realm of medium format. I have all the DPMs and when the light is right, or you use a tripod, the quality is astonishing. I smile with pleasure every time I open a Foveon file - they are so sharp, rich and colourful straight from the camera. And yet they are tiny, compact camera in size (not the DP3M) and only cost £350!! Best value cameras ever.

yup, I don't do a lot of B&W but as a B&W camera its very good :D

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 00:36 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (192 comments in total)

I enjoyed reading this and looking at all the images, its wonderful to see just what goes into making the things we all love so much :D.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 13:34 UTC as 62nd comment
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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SnakePlissken: The DP Merrill line of cameras are probably the greatest value cameras of all time. They now sell for about £350 yet produce images that are almost medium format in quality. Experts have said only the D800E challenges them before you get into the realm of medium format. I have all the DPMs and when the light is right, or you use a tripod, the quality is astonishing. I smile with pleasure every time I open a Foveon file - they are so sharp, rich and colourful straight from the camera. And yet they are tiny, compact camera in size (not the DP3M) and only cost £350!! Best value cameras ever.

It depends on the focal length you want and would use more often as all three camera's are the same.

The DP1 has a 19mm f2.8 lens, DP2 is 30mm f2.8 and the DP3 has the 50mm macro.

The DP1 and DP3 makes a great combo, but if I was only going to buy one then the DP2 could be a better bet unless your buying one for a specific need (I bought the dp3m first for studio work).

I think the DP3m has the best lens of the three (super sharp wide open corner to corner) but even the DP1m which people say has the weaker lens is still very good and I love it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 00:01 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Always refreshing to read an interview with Sigma, and all the more interesting given the lustworthy-ness of their latest designs. Speaking of which, please don't slow down on the lens reviews! Thanks for heading up there, Barney!

That sounds awesome @Barney, can't wait to read it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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KL Matt: People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
"We want to see class-leading products with our name on them"
"We're so passionate about photography, we even make a camera that loses money. And we're not going to stop doing that, because we love to satisfy our loyal customers"
"We value craftsmanship over management, engineering over marketing"
I love this guy he's awesome. He should be their sole source of marketing strategy. Their ad agency should point a mic at that guy, record it, and play it over and over again to themselves until they've completely understood what he's saying. My future lens purchases will be from Sigma as much as possible.

I agree, If more company's in the world were run by people like him it would be a much better place to be.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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SnakePlissken: The DP Merrill line of cameras are probably the greatest value cameras of all time. They now sell for about £350 yet produce images that are almost medium format in quality. Experts have said only the D800E challenges them before you get into the realm of medium format. I have all the DPMs and when the light is right, or you use a tripod, the quality is astonishing. I smile with pleasure every time I open a Foveon file - they are so sharp, rich and colourful straight from the camera. And yet they are tiny, compact camera in size (not the DP3M) and only cost £350!! Best value cameras ever.

Just google Sigma Merrill and hit sales and you will see a few shops pop up with them for £330.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:38 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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SnakePlissken: The DP Merrill line of cameras are probably the greatest value cameras of all time. They now sell for about £350 yet produce images that are almost medium format in quality. Experts have said only the D800E challenges them before you get into the realm of medium format. I have all the DPMs and when the light is right, or you use a tripod, the quality is astonishing. I smile with pleasure every time I open a Foveon file - they are so sharp, rich and colourful straight from the camera. And yet they are tiny, compact camera in size (not the DP3M) and only cost £350!! Best value cameras ever.

I have to agree.. every time I open a Merrill file on my screen I too get a smile on my face.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 14:58 UTC
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: Thanks for the Interview, it is very good to get a deeper insight into what kind of a company Sigma is. I learned many things from the Interview that I did not know before. Thank You.

I plan to buy one or two of Sigma's lenses. I consider the USB dock to be a key advantage. I think you forgot to mention that Sigma offers a mount conversion service. This is of huge value, all Sigma lenses should participate in that offering.

I found the part about how Sigma has been using Computers for lens design particularly interesting. Good thing that 'Moore's Law' is affecting lens design at Sigma.

I am very confused about the Sigma Foveon Sensor, is it better or not? Why? What about BSI?

Finally I feel though, that it is not enough to produce good hardware, software is also of primary importance. If everybody depends on Adobe to render their final images, then that is not a good situation. There are very good open source packages for image rendering that need to get some key support.

The Sigma Foveon Sensor is better in that each pixel has full color information and no interpolation so you get a per pixel sharpness that is missing from a regular bayer sensor.

This makes it really good at testing a lens as it will show the flaws and lack of sharpness pretty quickly, the apcs 14.7mp Merrill chip can almost resolve as much detail as a 35mm 36mp bayer chip.

As for better or not, it all depends on what your using it for.

I love my Sigma cameras for low iso and studio work and only pull out my pentax when I need to shoot over iso 800.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 14:56 UTC

Is this the same AF as in the k5ii with f2.8 center point and the ability to focus in low light?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:52 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

Yea, I use them in situations in which they work really well and the color seems to be fairly consistent for me anyway.

The shadows do lose saturation on the Merrill compared to the Quattro or from what I've seen of the older sensors but if they had scaled the Merrill sensor up to 35mm with a bigger pixel pitch then I think the colors of the old sensor would come back as the lower layers seems to struggle a bit on the Merrill chip.

I'm rather fond of the Merrills rendering though and I like the noise and love the detail at low isp's, I shoot with a dp1m and dp3m, the dp1m is much better than expected but the dp3m is simply a gem.

I don't find shooting high dynamic range scenes bad with my Merrills to be honest, ofc they are not as good as my k5 at iso 80 (which is still up there with todays 35mm sensors in this regard) .

Also with the Merril being so good at ETTR it actually helps me with location shooting with strobes its like shooting at a lower iso.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 09:47 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)
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LaFonte: It is obvious what they are doing, isn't it? Basically trying to sell customers an inadequate proof of concept with hopes that someone big will buy them off. As we had seen wit foevon, this "catching up" can go on for perpetuity. The underlying tech is interesting, but at the end professionals still use tried and true and amateurs loose patience faster than you can say rip off.

I've ran into moire problems with my gf1 and even my pentax k5 (with its very strong AA filter) on several occasions even without strobe use.

I've also used the Merrill's without strobes and never had a problem, sure I've had some blotching with the merrills but that comes mostly from trying to push shadows or shooting higher iso, if you Ettr with the Merrils (I shoot slightly hot and pull back) then the dynamic range is pretty good and the color splotching should be fine.

I'm not trying to say one tech is better than another as they both have their strong points.

Bayer lets us see great dynamic range, nice high iso and much faster read speeds (great for mirrorless with af) and foveon show's us just how much detail a digital sensor could get if we sampled full color at each pixel.

I would love to see a foveon sensor made with the latest tech much like samsung used in their new sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 18:12 UTC
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