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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On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)
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Meuh: For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

True Jack but the prints were for my cousin (and printed cheap on a sale) and he wanted the large size for both and I told him the limits but he was fine with it.

I was just pointing out that the Merrill sensor while having its limitations detail wise it punches far above is weight.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)
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Meuh: For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

While the focus on the Dp3M might be pretty slow (thanks to the 50mm close focus lens) the dp1m with its wider angle lens similar to that of the GR (18mm) isn't so bad.

Having a look at your Flikr (nice images btw) I see lots of images that the Merrill would excel in (its one of the best B/W cameras you can get).

The GR will be the friendlier camera, faster operation, speed of focus probably, battery life and workflow but I personally feel the IQ from the Merrill is worth more than the convenience of a bayer.

I've printed 40x30 images from both my k5 (same sensor as the GR but with AA filter) and the Merrill, even though the Merrill has a slightly lower pixel count I could stand more than 2x as close to the print before seeing blocky pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)
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Meuh: For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

Pixel shift is no replacment for Foveon, why?

It requires four images on a tripod to make it work perfectly and can't be used on moving subjects...

Foveon full color capture every click, this lets me sync flash at 1/2000 of a sec (with the DP series) and capture things that move using strobes.

Ofc there are improvements that need to be made as the tech is lagging a little behind Bayer (sonys new 42mp a7rii for example) but at lower iso there are people who still like the rather old Merrill sensor over the a7r (36mp bayer) and as for the work flow it is slower but you can now batch edit into tiff to import into LR/PS

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 16:47 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)
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Meuh: For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

Its not just in Pixel peeping, the Sigma renders things much different than my bayer camera (I have several) and simple things like grass, clouds and features in the distance all render better on the Foveon and in particular the Merrill sensor has its own sort of look.

You don't need a tripod to work with the Foveon camera's, I've done LOTS of handheld shots without any OS or IBIS (I love the IBIS on my k5) that are sharp and with the SD1 Merrill I even managed a sharp image at 1/40 at 600mm with the 150-600mm sport.

Foveon sensors render everything with the same sort of detail/sharpness unlike bayer which renders some textures/objects sharper than others, its not a psychology thing and pentax's latest k3ii with pixel shift even proves that full color capture is MUCH better over a bayer capture (they have samples of 24mp bayer and 24mp full color pixel shifted images using the same sensor.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 10:33 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)
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Meuh: For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

nono I get all that, my k5 uses DNG also and the workflow is super easy unlike the Sigma but I personally feel the Sigma is a much more rewarding camera and comes with different focal lengths.

My DP3 Merrill quickly became my goto studio camera and I've shot products, people and even once thousands of pages of books (did this in jpg though) for the local council that where filled with hand written, hand drawns doodles and photographs (the per pixel detail means you have more detail in a smaller image size than Bayer).

I also have a DP1M which I use for environmental type images or group shots at weddings giving me lots of control over ambient light when using strobes and a crazy amount of detail.

Even without using strobes, tripods and such both of them are now my walk about, I don't find the iso400 (800 in good light) to be a problem and I could still shoot amazing B/W upto 1600.

I find bayer images seem flat/lifeless compared to the Foveon but I still have my k5 for events.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 09:19 UTC
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (196 comments in total)

For this market segment I wonder why more people don't look into the Sigma DP series?

My Dp1 Merrill and Dp3 Merrill are now my main cameras in and out of the studio and the Image Quality is way beyond my Pentax k5 (16mp sony apcs sensor) at base iso.

Sure the Sigma isn't as good at higher ISO and a slower camera all round (including work flow) but you also have several focal length options.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 00:33 UTC as 50th comment | 14 replies
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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 (283 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 (521 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 (1224 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 286th 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
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