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

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Truman Prevatt
Truman Prevatt Veteran Member • Posts: 7,381
Re: Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

It is much easier to design a high quality WA lens for a camera without a mirror box because the mirror box moves the back of the lens far from the sensor.  It is much easier to design a telephoto for a camera with a mirror box because in a rangefinder like a Leica or a camera such as the DPxx the back of the lens is too close to the sensor plane.  The require something called a retrofocus design.

With a ASP-C sensor where a 20 is equivalent to a 30 (135 format equivalent) - it becomes even more difficult because the lenses have to be wider.

So if my goal was strictly landscape with WA lenses, I would stick to the DPxx because I suspect the WA lenses on the DPxx are better than what you can fine on a SDxx.


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.

For my type of shooting, however, my problem is not with the camera but with the lenses.

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.

Is there any users of any of this camera / lenses combo that care to share their thoughts?

Any help is much appreciated, thank you in advance.



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