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Sigma USA announces price and availability of DP3 Merrill

By dpreview staff on Feb 22, 2013 at 14:00 GMT
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Sigma USA has announced the price and availability of its DP3 Merrill large sensor, fixed lens compact. The camera will be available from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $999. It is nearly identical to the earlier DP Merrill models featuring the familiar 15x3MP APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, but with a 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens. In the UK, meanwhile, the DP3 Merrill will be priced at £799.99 (the same as the DP1 and DP2 Merrill models).


Press Release:

Sigma Corporation announces pricing, availability of Sigma DP3 Merrill compact camera

Pocket-size, 46-megapixel camera available in early March for street price of $999

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2013Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced that its DP3 Merrill compact digital camera will be available in early March for the street price of $999. 

As the final camera in the Sigma DP Merrill lineup, the DP3 Merrill features a high-performance 50mm F2.8 lens, which is equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera. Like the previously released DP1 (19mm F2.8) and DP2 (30mm F2.8) Merrill cameras, it is equipped with the Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uniquely produces outstanding resolution and a natural rendering with rich gradation, resulting in a 3D feel.

“The trio of DP Merrill cameras is a complete compact camera tool set,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “While the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill cameras are known for their wide angle and standard range, respectively, the DP3 Merrill delivers impressive optical performance for mid-telephoto and macro shooting.”

Other features of the DP3 Merrill include: 

  • A unique, dual, Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine (TRUE) II image processing engine, which is dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors to improve the processing speed and overall quality of the final image, and provide high-resolution power
  • The use of Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass that is accompanied by aspherical lens elements to compensate for a variety of aberrations and allow for a more compact size. The superior telecentric optical design improves image quality throughout the frame and adds depth to the image
  • A minimum focusing distance of 8.9 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, which can offer quality macro shooting
  • Easy-to-use auto focus that features a nine-point select mode to set the desired focusing point from nine different frames, and “free move mode,” which can move the desired focus point. Manual Focus is available when autofocus or focus lock is not desired
  • The new Face Detection AF prioritizes focus on the face of the subject when detected by the sensor. AF Limit Mode can adjust the range of auto focusing and “Shutter Priority AF” offers faster focus adjustment by stopping the live view to increase the speed of the auto focusing. The new AF+MF mode adjusts the focus manually after verifying the AF by rotating the focus ring
  • RAW+JPEG format recording
  • The supplied image processing software, Sigma Photo Pro 5.5, converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46-megapixel data. SPP 5.5 is an easy-to-use editing software with all the necessary functions needed to process an image. Moreover, the new Monochrome Mode makes it possible to generate monochrome images by fully optimizing the Foveon X3 direct image sensor capabilities

For all additional information on the DP3 Merrill, click here. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com, or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.

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Total comments: 89
jonifoto
By jonifoto (Mar 13, 2013)

Please friends, does anyone know anything about the campaign Cash Back from Sigma for buy or for any who currently owns any Merrill Cameras from Europe ??

Thanks and best.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

Anyone even considering what is special about this camera and its siblings should simply look at this.

http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/samplephoto/SDIM1545.jpg

http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/samplephoto/SDIM3467.jpg

Unbelievable and unmatchable detail and sharpness.

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sedentary_male
By sedentary_male (Feb 25, 2013)

This is all very interesting but I am hoping the rumours about the new Ricoh GR Digital with APS sensor are true!

0 upvotes
chrisnfolsom
By chrisnfolsom (Feb 24, 2013)

Does anyone know what is up with the Foveon technology? I haven't seen much of an update other than a trickle cameras - the samples I have seen are very impressive, but why can't it be used in more mainstream formats of camera's - are they loosing money on the camera's, or can they actually make the silicon at "reasonable" prices. Can they scale to larger sizes, higher ISO's - It's just frustrating as a consumer to not see the products, to "like" and be sold on the technology. But to never have it packaged in a way that makes sense for more than "purist" users. If there are more issues than ISO sensitivity that are not apparent then let us know so we can stop holding our breath - yes I do have a life ... Thanks, nice to get that off my chest ;)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Feb 24, 2013)

Foveon is great through about ISO400.

One must shoot raw, the file write time on all of the cameras is too slow even with a fast card.

These newer Sigmas with the 14MPX3 sensors shoot raws that can only be opened with Sigma's specialized software.

Yes, these cameras are for purists shooting in bright light, most of whom have other cameras. That being said the results in limited conditions are outstanding.

1 upvote
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

The "purist" you speak of were once called photographers.

5 upvotes
rallyfan
By rallyfan (Feb 24, 2013)

The sample images elsewhere honestly look terrific, and ISO 800 is good enough to make money.

This seems to be a very serious camera!

For whom? Some have said this would suit wedding photographers as a backup. They are wrong.

Since it takes fantastic shots provided the subject doesn't move, since it's a dreary black, and since it's so expensive only someone that doesn't care about life at all would pay retail for it, this is an ideal funeral camera. Low light, dead subject, dead marketing and distribution channels for the gear, dead skin tones.

If you are also on your way out, all the better I suppose; you can't take the $1000 USD with you.

Seriously - $1000. Sigma maintain their sense of humour (recall the idiotic SD1 pricing...).

4 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

LOL. Where do you get "dreary black" and "dead skin tines" from? You obviously have never used one of these cameras.

A camera that in your own words takes "terrific" pictures is certainly worth $1000 to an actual photographer.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (Feb 23, 2013)

It LOOKS like a $35.95 toy camera!

these guys should hire a designer. pity.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 24, 2013)

I would pay $359.5 for one with a Sony sensor.

0 upvotes
carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Feb 27, 2013)

I love that design!

2 upvotes
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

maybe you should actually see one in person. The build quality is as good as its price should suggest.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

Can a "toy camera" take a picture like this?

http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/samplephoto/SDIM1545.jpg

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Feb 23, 2013)

I can see using the DP1M in combination with the Fujifilm X100s with wide angle converter so both cams shoot the same 28mm view and use one for speed and one for top image quality for street shooting.

1 upvote
SheikYerbouti
By SheikYerbouti (Feb 23, 2013)

I've written it before and I'll keep repeating it for as long as Sigma keep launching ever more fixed-lens versions of the same camera ...

I'm sure this will be another great little camera from Sigma. But, ahhh ... the price! $999 (£799.99 in the UK) is a lot to ask for these days, especially with compact APS-C cameras like Fuji's X series, Sony's Nex series and a whole zoo of MFT cameras around.

Provided the new Foveon sensor lives up to its promise of delivering excellent IQ, wouldn't it have been nice if Sigma had equipped the Merrill with a proprietary mount (no compatibility necessary) and supplied it together with a set of four high quality f/2.8 pancake lenses (24mm, 35mm, 55mm/macro, 85mm), all nicely arranged in a velvet lined gift box for, let's say, £1199.99? Am I asking too much?

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 23, 2013)

a mount sounds good, a Sony sensor sounds better,
f/2.8 (f/4.3 equiv.) primes for budget cameras not too bad.

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Dédéjr
By Dédéjr (Feb 24, 2013)

eh??? Point is foveon kick all sensors arses only medium format can compete.

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Feb 24, 2013)

SheikYerbouti:

This is not a a particularly new Foveon sensor; it's been out for more than 2 years.

yabokkie:

Below ISO 400, these Foveons easily beat new Sony sensors, which are pretty good. But not like this.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Feb 28, 2013)

Within its optimal ISO range though it produces very obviously superior images to those cameras so the price is reasonable.

There is no camera on the market except for the Nikon 800e that can match this level of detail, and actually can't really since the finest detail from a Bayer sensor is always breaking up and inferior to the Foveon sensor.

http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/samplephoto/SDIM1545.jpg

Absolutely incredible image detail. A match to the DP2M.

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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (Feb 23, 2013)

There's no disputing that, for a leisurely shooting style, these three cameras can produce great results. Sigma have managed to find a way of potentially selling three cameras to a single user instead of a single body with interchangeable lenses which can be used on later versions of the camera. I suspect that this approach has influenced Sony. So these are effectively disposable cameras given the way in which incremental improvements in the technology drive an almost insatiable demand for the "upgrading" of still-usable cameras. Whilst Sigma are probably tailoring the sensor construction to match each lens, it's hard to believe that an interchangeable lens version couldn't be designed. No viewfinder of course....

1 upvote
samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

I love the idea of this camera! What a fantastic little portrait machine. Totally applaud sigma for going in this direction.
I can see it coming in handy as a backup('additional' would be more appropriate) cam for a wedding photographer.
That being said... Not getting one.
If the price ever drops to $500-$600, I'm all over it.
If it had a faster lens(f2) and/or better ISO, I'd pre-order it immediately.

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samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

Actually... Having just looked at sample photos... Higher iso doesn't look that bad at all. 1600 is very usable.
Well shoot- I might be getting one after all...

1 upvote
sadwitch
By sadwitch (Feb 23, 2013)

dcwatch just did a review with numerous images. For people with just compare specs on paper, do yourself a favour and look at those images before slagging it.

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/newproduct/20130222_588809.html

Nothing this compact has produce such incredible details and like many said it's sitting side by side with full frame digital bodies mounted with their respective highest resolving lens. It may be a one trick pony but there's no other ponies like it.

9 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 23, 2013)

the resolution is almost as good as Bayer APS-C sensors but
judging from image quality (SNR), the sensor got hard time compete with Nikon 1.

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

Double post

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samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

Thanks for posting that link sadwitch, pics look good...

0 upvotes
sadwitch
By sadwitch (Feb 23, 2013)

Its definitely worth nothing if you only like shooting in the dark or where light levels are not great. But for photographers that chase after light, I bet its a hell of an image making machine.

Just look at the portraits from the link, bleeding edge sharpness texture and hair details and all shot wide open at F2.8. There isn't much F2.8 lens that can give that kind of quality.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Feb 23, 2013)

Everyone loves the pictures coming from a Foveon at daylight and low ISO, there is no question. But once it gets higher it gets worse than Bayer sensor.

0 upvotes
Thomasbd
By Thomasbd (Feb 23, 2013)

the iso of this camera really sucks.. so why they have to stuck with f2.8!!!!

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 23, 2013)

f/2.8 isn't bright at all on APS-C,
where it's only f/4.3 equivalent.

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

Have you actually looked at sample pics? The iso doesn't 'suck'. Actually- "the iso sucks" doesn't even make sense. Are you 14?

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Feb 23, 2013)

This camera wasn't built to shoot where isn't any light, a 50mm Macro for portrait, product and general macro

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olypan
By olypan (Feb 23, 2013)

So many idiots. How many photographic works of art were shot at anything but base iso.

5 upvotes
Thomasbd
By Thomasbd (Feb 23, 2013)

at least they could give a f1.4 lens... come on sigma..

2 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

Lol do you have any idea what it would look like with a 1.4 lens on it? The lens would be twice the size of the body.
Don't get me wrong, if it had a 1.4 I'd be the first person to pre order one, but from a design standpoint, it would no longer be a compact.

2 upvotes
HBowman
By HBowman (Feb 23, 2013)

Maybe a f1.8 / f2 lens is possible but we should wait the future ;)

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Feb 23, 2013)

You obviously didn't pay attention to the MACRO ability, that right there adds goodness and purpose to this camera. Portrait, product and general macro photography. Anything faster is both unnecessary and ridiculous, and really, is 50mm at F/2.8 not shallow enough? Even on APS-C you can blow out enough of the back ground at normal distances

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Feb 23, 2013)

The greatest challenge of Sigma right now is a comprehensive Worldwide Distribution Network.

If this exact same camera were by the other top 3 brand names, these would be raining cats and dogs in sales...

.

2 upvotes
Fatality
By Fatality (Feb 23, 2013)

For those who are interested, Sigma DP Merrill samples:

DP3
http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP3Merrill/samplephoto.html

DP2
http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP2Merrill/samplephoto.html

DP1
http://www.sigma-dp.com/DP1Merrill/samplephoto.html

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petr marek
By petr marek (Feb 22, 2013)

And next year DP4M with the same sensor and 75mm lens... Another $999 from each fan. And in 2015 new Foveon with doubled resolution but the same bugs and another slow DP serie again, no HD video of course, it´s too much work...
How about fixing bugs first, wide RAW support etc. and some invention...?

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Feb 23, 2013)

and how bout making it fairly fast, and a better screen

0 upvotes
Marathonianbull
By Marathonianbull (Feb 22, 2013)

Fascinating cameras indeed! My next Olympus sidekick is either the upcoming X100s, the Leica X2, or one of these brilliant Sigma DP Merill... Looking at IQ alone, that would be an easy choice (FOVEON X3 ALL THE WAY!)

2 upvotes
xrsdb
By xrsdb (Feb 22, 2013)

feels like they are making a bunch of similar ones. Loving my dp1m.

0 upvotes
Fatality
By Fatality (Feb 22, 2013)

DPreview instead of doing another review of a 2 megapixel upgrade from Nikon and Canon, how about doing a review of DP1 or DP2? These cameras have been around for a long time offering a totally different sensor technology, but there is not a single beep out of this so called "Photography Review" website. I had to go on different sites to see how these cameras brutally crush the competition in per pixel detail.

18 upvotes
HBowman
By HBowman (Feb 22, 2013)

Well... DPR are paid by big brands such as Nikon, Canon, DxO... They do not communicate that much on other brands, just the basics.

Long time now DPR is just a vulgarisator web site and absolutely not art/pro orientated website.

All marketing hipe and PR.

10 upvotes
solarsky
By solarsky (Feb 22, 2013)

Users can do user reviews here, too! ;-) If they're good, they might even get shown on the start page.

1 upvote
HBowman
By HBowman (Feb 23, 2013)

Yea ... done that already. If you can find me a budjet for that I will do it :) I do not work for others freely.

3 upvotes
facedodge
By facedodge (Feb 22, 2013)

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kaxi85
By kaxi85 (Feb 22, 2013)

this camera makes totally sense ... not ;)

1 upvote
whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (Feb 22, 2013)

What an exciting focal length. This camera is going to fly off the shelves.

1 upvote
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Feb 22, 2013)

You could cut that sarcasm with a butter knife.

2 upvotes
gl2k
By gl2k (Feb 22, 2013)

75mm (equiv.) @f2.8 !!!! That's a good one. That "thing" is nearly unusable for anything else than portraits. What a crap. One really has to be a die hard Sigma fan to spend $1k for such a toy. Epic fail, sorry.

2 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Feb 22, 2013)

The Merrills are specialized tools of the highest quality designed for photographers. They are not intended for wannabe hacks and snap shot shooters.

19 upvotes
Fatality
By Fatality (Feb 22, 2013)

Obviously you don't know much about this "thing", or about photography in general.

The images this "thing" produces are spectacular, Canon and Nikon is not even close to producing per pixel detail this "toy" does.. The only manufacturer that got closer recently is Fuji, but it still has a long way to go.

It's a large format camera in a compact body at a very inexpensive price. $1000 for a lens and body is nothing in comparison to Nikon, Canon, Leica, where body and lenses sell for thousands.

I have a bunch of Canon gear, but I will definitely be getting one of these cameras, because in the end it's the image quality that matters, and that "thing" delivers.

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SMPhoto
By SMPhoto (Feb 22, 2013)

And apparently either for photographers that only shoot a particular focal length. Maybe it would make more marketing sense if they just referred to them as the Merrill 28mm, Merrill 45mm and Merrill 75mm lenses, and oh, btw, they just happen to have a cool little camera already attached to them. That would make people feel like they were getting something extra for their money, instead of being upset they don't have interchangeable or zoom lenses... :/

2 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (Feb 23, 2013)

@SMPhoto Do you think anyone buying one of these cameras would get upset because it doesn't have an interchangable or zoom lens? Really? Really?!?
But your right- if they named the camera after the focal length, that would certainly make the owner feel better about his purchase...
Wow. Just... Wow. They'll let anybody on this site.

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Dédéjr
By Dédéjr (Feb 24, 2013)

Epic fail!!!

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Feb 24, 2013)

Epic Moron!

1 upvote
Austinite
By Austinite (Mar 27, 2013)

And you know what about photography? I drooled looking at photos produced by the DP3M. Maybe the finest digital quality I've ever seen. And 75 is just as useful as 28, 35 and 50.

0 upvotes
obeythebeagle
By obeythebeagle (Feb 22, 2013)

What an amazing line of cameras. Look at the images. Right up there with a blad, leica for nikon 800 for a tiny fraction of the price...and it fits in your pocket! Who wouldn't want all three, after reading reviews and comparing photos! Thanks Sigma for re-defining the price/quality matrix.

Check out the review on Luminous Landscape which says it all. While I dearly love the Leica brand, and have owned my share since 1969, this little camera produces superior images for a twentieth of the price. Yikes. (Yes these lenses, especially the one on the DP2, rival the holy of the holy Summicrons!)

9 upvotes
wootpile
By wootpile (Feb 22, 2013)

hahahaha
sorry couldn't help mysef..

0 upvotes
solarsky
By solarsky (Feb 22, 2013)

In Europe they want 1099€ or what currently translates to 1447$
THAT is one big huge leap from the US price of 999$
Very reminiscent of the 3K$ vs. 3.1K€ for the RX1...

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chris_j_l
By chris_j_l (Apr 12, 2013)

Yet in the UK it seems to sneak in at £740 - it actually seems that they used a conversion other than the normal $1 == £1.

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plasnu
By plasnu (Feb 22, 2013)

In Japan, Sigma has just started cash back campaign for $250-600 for any who currently owns any sigma digital camera. If you own DP2 Merrill, you can buy DP3 Merrill for about $550.

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brelip
By brelip (Feb 22, 2013)

sigma marketing is just weird.

1 upvote
solarsky
By solarsky (Feb 22, 2013)

And what if I own a DP2s?

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SMPhoto
By SMPhoto (Feb 22, 2013)

I'm confused, isn't that kinda like trading in your wide angle lens for a new telephoto? I thought you needed all 3 in your pocket...

1 upvote
plasnu
By plasnu (Feb 22, 2013)

http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/new/new_topic.php?id=487

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plasnu
By plasnu (Feb 22, 2013)

It only works for who lives in Japan. I'm not sure if Sigma will do the same kind of campaign in US. What you have to do is send the warranty card with your currently own camera's serial number and you'll receive cash back.

Weird thing about this campaign is if you own any Sigma camera now, you can buy unlimited numbers of Sigma camera for hugely discounted price, because Sigma clearly says the cameras you will purchase with this campaign are also eligible for your next camera's cash back.

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Gethenderson
By Gethenderson (Feb 27, 2013)

I live in Japan but cant read Japanese, i'm only here for another month but would be interested in picking up the DP1m with the DP3m if it had a $600 discount... which shop are you talking about, I live close to Tokyo, is it Yodabashi camera or Bic camera by chance?

I do shoot MF but having spent $400 on film processing a few weeks ago with another $400 worth of film ready to process these cameras are the only thing I feel comfortable replacing it with.

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Feb 22, 2013)

I wonder what does this foveon sensor can do that would lead someone to buy a Sigma DP instead of a NEX-7 or NEX-6 plus one of the EX DN sigma lenses for almost the same price.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Feb 22, 2013)

It won't matter what lens you attach to a NEX, the Foveon at base ISO is in another league. With the exception of the D800, nothing short of a medium format will resolve as much detail as a Foveon.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Feb 23, 2013)

> the Foveon at base ISO is in another league

should be:

the Foveon at base ISO is also in another league. Foveon can not jump the league, but our eyes are less sensitive to the differences at the base ISO so Foveon won't look as bad as at high ISOs.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Feb 24, 2013)

Well if I was blind I might agree with you. My NEX-5n does not and cannot compete with Foveon. Neither does the Fuji X-100 or X-E1.

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JKP
By JKP (Feb 22, 2013)

I may buy one Merril, despite all the horrible quirks it has. Being non-Bayer sensor, the rendition of foliage, for example, is just nothing short of amazing. Just need to decide what focal length would be best for me.

3 upvotes
nathondetroit
By nathondetroit (Feb 22, 2013)

It's really a shame that Ricoh and Sigma are the only guys offering prime (fixed) lens compacts.

Having that said, these DP's offer remarkable quality.

It would be nice to have a high quality 35mm lens on something cheaper/smaller than the X100.

2 upvotes
brelip
By brelip (Feb 22, 2013)

what is new in this release? BH is already taking preorders at 999.

0 upvotes
WolfyWho
By WolfyWho (Feb 22, 2013)

This is what Fuji should do with their X100 line (been wishing on that for a while). Three different bodies with 3 different lenses. I'd carry 3 X100's, each having a different focal length (35, 50, 85 in 35mm equiv), and never have to change lenses again.

1 upvote
Matt Random
By Matt Random (Feb 22, 2013)

Just curious for what sort of application you wouldn't mind carrying 3 complete cameras?

I'm not trying to bash or anything. I'm just curious.

0 upvotes
Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (Feb 22, 2013)

I carry three bodies with a lens on each : on "taking photos" days.
(Olympus), so this three-lens lineup looks really good to me.
I don't especially want to pay a thousand dollars for one ...

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KaiserX
By KaiserX (Feb 22, 2013)

I thought so too. I think it's a good business model for people that don't mind it. It's more like lenses with sensors rather than a body with fixed lenses. And the great thing is, each lens can be configured for its own settings. I think that Sony should do the same and release a RX2 and RX3 with fixed lengths.

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photog4u
By photog4u (Feb 22, 2013)

I like your idea for the RX1 too. You could have three RX1s for the price of one Leica M/35 :)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 22, 2013)

That's what they built the X-series for. Carries multiple bodies with fixed lenses is an absurd idea when reasonable interchangeable lens alternatives exist.

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photog4u
By photog4u (Feb 22, 2013)

Yes it is absurd but still a bag smaller than your 60D and four lenses ;)

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 22, 2013)

Would it be a bag larger than one to carry a small camera with 3 short primes? Comparing to what I use is irrelevant as that's not the solution being proposed.

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photog4u
By photog4u (Feb 22, 2013)

No one was proposing a solution chief, just having a little fun. Your gear list shows four lenses for your 60D. Lighten up, you'll live longer...

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KaiserX
By KaiserX (Feb 22, 2013)

If it were an absurd idea - then by that rational, carrying around multiple prime lenses when 1 zoom lens can fulfill your needs - would be absurd. And yet its not because primes are perceived as sharper. Ah, but would not a prime lens matched to a sensor be even better? - yes. So it's not so absurd. It's logical. Maybe not practical, but it is logical.

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David Rossberg
By David Rossberg (Feb 22, 2013)

"the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes,"

I'm very very impressed with Sigma overall, but for them to proclaim that their flashes is among the worlds most impressive they must've been exposed to a little too much radiation lately.

/DR

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Sudo Nimh
By Sudo Nimh (Feb 22, 2013)

Really, you had to go there?

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