Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP vbd70 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,160
Re: Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:

vbd70 wrote:

Hello Foveon lovers,

since using the DP1M, DP2M and DP3M the Foveon bug started working its way in my head and I have been considering adding a SD1 Merrill with some lenses to my arsenal. As you can see from my website(s), i do Landscape / Fine Art mostly and some architectural / portrait / editorial as well. At the moment I am Nikon-based, using a D800E & D3x with a lot of Nikon glass (14-24, 24 f1.4, 35 f1.4, 50 f1.4, 85 f1.4, 135 f2, 70-200, 24-45-85 PC-E, etc); however, I am really fond of the Foveon results and would love to have a DSLR with it in it.

First question:  Why not one of the DP-M cameras, at least to start?   All of them are good for different kinds of landscape.

Hello Kendall,

See my post again: I already have the DP1M, DP2M, DP3M and i am looking to whether I can use the Foveon in a DSLR form-factor (the SD1).

So, any Landscape / Fine Art guys in the house that can share their impressions of the SD1 and what glass do they use with it, especially on the WA side of things?

I am thinking 8-16, 35 f1.4, 50 f2.8 (the 50 f1.4 seems a bit soft / have field curvature, for landscape), 85 f1.4 or 70 f2.8 (same logic than with the 50 mm, the 70 seems a bit more solid for landscape), 150 f2.8 macro.

Those are pretty good initial thoughts.  I don't think the 85 f/1.4 is good for landscapes though, unless you are talking closeup work - it's quite sharp but has a limited aperture and has a more more CA than the 70mm (which is great).  The 85mm is better for shooting models though.

The 8-16 is pretty good but you may want to mostly focus it manually, the 35/f1.4 seems excellent although I've not used it yet.

Thank you for confirming my impression about the 85 vs 70mm, I thought that both the 50 and the 85 mm f1.4 would be less good for landscape than the 50 & 70mm f2.8 macro and you confirm me that this is the case.

About the 8-16, I am OK with manual focus; how do you like it in the corners?



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