So - whats your take on DP3 M ?

Started Jan 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Harold66 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,947
Re: So - whats your take on DP3 M ?

Roland Karlsson wrote:

Nice - a new camera.

Perfect for portraits and medium close ups.

What do you think?

Well , let s see

Perfect for portraits  Hardly

1/ First the 70mm  focal length equivalent is a little bit on the short side ( a 80mm or 85mm would have interested a larger audience)

2/ The max aperture is a little bit too small. Probably imposed because of the macro design of the lens. while I am not one of those who think that a VERY large aperture is needed in a portrait lens ( like people demanding a 1.4 or less aperture) . but in this case a 2.0 max aperture would have been more appropriate for a portrait lens

3/ Contrary to the competition all dp cameras allow only 3;2 ratio  and do not allow one of the less oblong image ratios in cameras ( like 5;4  , 4/3 or even 1/1 square). in a camera that has no optical viewfinder it is  very easy to  implement

the 3;2 ratio is not a very good ratio for portraits for most people ESPECIALLY when shooting verticals

4/ and then first and  foremost , there is no sign of  an EVF for that model. it is easier to use LCD or external OVF on slightly wide to normal angle focal lengths

How many serious photographers  are going to be willing to work with the slow paced dp series and its other flaws and NO other way to compose the image than on the LCD

despite what the press release claims , the dp3m is more a macro oriented camera than a portrait one


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