The DP2M: a tool with a clearly defined purpose...

Started Aug 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Robert F. Tobler
Robert F. Tobler Senior Member • Posts: 1,149
The DP2M: a tool with a clearly defined purpose...

After a weekend of shooting with my new DP2M, here is my
personal short review, as a list of positives and negatives:


  • extremely sharp corner to corner

  • very little lateral chromatic aberration (small enough, that I don't bother to use any corrective measures)

  • very low noise when there is enough light

  • very good intense colours (contrasty but realistic)

  • high (vegetation) detail that is not destroyed by interpolation

  • dynamic range is very good: shadows can be significantly boosted without introducing objectionable noise


  • eats batteries for lunch

  • slow focus that needs significant edges to actually work

  • strong noise starting at ISO 400

Dislikes, that I can work around:

  • sometimes green vignetting if there is lots of gray photo content (I use a photoshop action to fix this)

  • sometimes cyan/magenta blotching in boosted shadows with a lot of gray photo content (I use Topaz DeNoise 5 to fix this)

  • sometimes red grid flare when shooting agains bright sun and exposing for dark foreground (I avoid these kinds of shots/exposures)

  • in some lighting situations white balance can be quirky (I always shoot raw and correct manually if necessary)

Another observation:

  • even in good light, when you use a small f-stop like f/11, a steady hand (or a tripod) is sometimes necessary to avoid a ruined photo

For me, the Sigma DP2M and the DP1M (which I also intend to buy)
are cameras with a clearly defined purpose in which they excel:
creating high resolution photos with good colours when there is good
Since for me, this is the major motivation in photography, I am really
happy with this camera.

Robert F. Tobler

 Robert F. Tobler's gear list:Robert F. Tobler's gear list
Sigma DP1 Merrill Sigma DP2 Merrill Sigma DP3 Merrill Olympus E-M5 II Olympus Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter EC-14 +2 more
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