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

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP vbd70 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,027
Re: Is there any Landscape photographer using a SD1 Merrill in the house?

L Tippett wrote:

Hi Vieri,

I hope you purchase an SD1M and a set of Lenses to complement to camera in the near future as i would love to see some of your images taken with this combination.

I use the SD1M and have a selection of lenses.

Personally i have had very pleasing results with the 20mm f1.8 which i really like on the SD1M.

The 8-16mm DC is also very sharp pretty well across the frame but for me it is a bit of a pain as it requires the Lucroit Filter holder which is an expense.

Also similar in requiring the filter holder is the 12-24mm which i borrowed from a friend and i was blown away with the sharpness on the SD1M (very nice!)

The 10-20mm f3.5 which i have can give good results although i have had mixed results regarding sharpness but the focal length is lovely for most of my work and i find the lens gives good contrast.

Slightly longer but a very worthy contender i have found the newest 24-70EX HSM to be a very good performer with the SD1M. A reasonably fast lens and sharp with again good contrast.

I know most of these lenses have already been mentioned on this post but then that must count for something i guess!

Hope my small contribution is a little bit of a help.

Look forward in seeing some great images from you my friend.

Kind regards Lea.

Hello Lea,

thank you very much for your long and detailed reply, I really appreciate it, as well as your kind words about my photography.

I surely hope I will have soon a SD1 in my hands, and I hope to be able to put it to a good use.

Let me start by saying that your experience with all the WA for the SD1 is impressive; it is difficult enough to find SD1 users, let alone people that tried pretty much all the WA Sigma has to offer.

I am glad to hear that the 8-16 is good and sharp all over the frame; I think I am leaning towards this lens, in the end it just seems to be the best option. I have the Lee SW 150 for the Nikon 14-24, which I think I can be able to adjust to fit the 8-16 with the Lee adapter and a 77mm filter holder with some little extra modifications... A bit of a pain, as you say, but doable. Once I do that, I will use the filters for all the other lens, too, so (even if they are really huge!) is not too big a deal - I'd carry a filter set (Singh-Ray, squares) anyway, so a few cm more aren't going to be a problem. The adapter is big though.

I am surprised to hear about the 12-24, I didn't think it would be sharp enough for the new sensor of the SD1 and the strain it puts on the lenses. However, that's an option worth considering, actually: a very sharp over the frame 18mm equivalent lens would be wide enough for me.

I kinda dismissed the 20 and the 10-20 (both of them) after seeing a lot of samples online; they just don't seem up to the sensor, especially on the sides and in the corners.

The 24-70 looks good in general, very good on the long end but I found it quite weak on the wide end from the samples I have seen... do you agree with these findings?

Well, this is about it for the moment; thank you so much for your help, again I appreciate it very much your taking the time and sharing.



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