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

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP vbd70 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,587
Re: Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:

vbd70 wrote:

Kendall Helmstetter Gelner wrote:

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).

Sorry, I misunderstood your post as saying that you has just looked at samples from them or handled them briefly!

No problem of course, Kendall

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?

The corners can be good, sometimes they are not.  But I think when that happens it's more an issue with focus than the lens.  It's probably not quite as sharp zoomed out fully.

I see - that's good to hear: you think the culprit is mis-focussing, or it's due to the field curvature of the lens itself?

About zooming out, I would be happy if it stayed great until 10mm, even if not fantastically sharp at 8mm is fine by me.

Thanks again, best


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