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Downsized to Sigma DP2 compact, but now upsized to Sigma DP2 Merrill.


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On photo The Hydration Of Anthony in the Spoof challenge (8 comments in total)

Superb - great idea and so well executed.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 17:32 UTC as 1st comment

Can access a few facilities, but can't even get my photostream to load. Maybe the site is under a bit of load as we all look to see what's new.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 16:52 UTC as 56th comment

I have the Franiec grip on the original DP2 and it completely transformed the handling and my confidence in using the camera - before I had the grip I was sure it was just a matter of when, not if, I was going to drop it.
If I get the DP2M, and it may be a while as I think there's still life in the old DP2, this grip will be top of my accessory list.
I agree with those who said that Sigma should have designed the new body with a grip. You can excuse the mistake on the DP Mark 1 series, but not to learn the lesson and fix it in the Mark 2 version is a significant design failure that speaks volumes about Sigma's customer focus (mostly bokeh!). Still it gives Richard and other manufacturers the opportunity to exploit Sigma's failure.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:43 UTC as 12th comment
On Challenge:6913 (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

Csabulator: I lost my faith in DPreview challenges. Just take a closer look on the 2nd picture. A fake picture almost won the challenge? Shame!!!!!!

Certainly has a lack of any shadow round the nose and front wheel - looks heavily processed.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 16:52 UTC
On Challenge:6599 (6 comments in total)

Looks like some people made their image worse by delivering what the challenge requested - including the winner (who's cover shot was stunning).
If voters have approached this in different ways, what validity is there in the result? - might explain high number of withdrawals.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 at 06:54 UTC as 4th comment
On photo DSC_6220 in the Flying a Spinnaker challenge (4 comments in total)

Thankfully I see that a number of other shots with no spinnakers have now been removed - however this one is still in. Doesn't seem any doubt that it is a jib attached to the forestay - not a spinnaker pole in sight.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 15:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On Challenge:5784 (11 comments in total)

"Snow is (nearly) here in the Northern hempisphere. Lets see some pictures" means that snow has not yet arrived. This is completely at odds with capture date rule. Basically if it doesn't snow where you are in the fortnight 29th Nov - 12th Dec you can't participate. This will exclude most people living in the Northern Hemisphere, let alone disenfranchising the other half of the globe.
Still it's up to hosts to set the rules and there are plenty that disenfranchise people simply because they haven't visited a specified city or country or don't own a cat! But I can see this could upset those that have great snow pictures left over from last year.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 at 21:17 UTC as 5th comment
On photo Crockery in the Pottery challenge (8 comments in total)

My favourite by far - I can understand that differing tastes account for some of the lesser scores, but the 0.5s can surely only be sandbaggers.
Shame DPR cannot give hosts powers to address this effectively.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2011 at 21:27 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo _DSC9785 in the Portraits using extreme filters challenge (9 comments in total)

Love the photo, but don't see how it meets the challenge requirements - must have slipped past the host while they weren't looking.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:56 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo DSC_0225 in the Cesena challenge (12 comments in total)

A winner if ever i saw one!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2011 at 17:08 UTC as 8th comment
On article Olympus launches VF-3 and announces E-PL3 US pricing (55 comments in total)
In reply to:

slncezgsi: What would be the reason to get a EVF that is even smaller than the existing one (apart from price maybe)? Just wondering ...

If you've got a neck strap on the camera, bracing the camera away from you with tension on the strap is just as effective (if not more so) at steadying the camera as bracing it against the face. But no good with a wrist loop!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2011 at 06:53 UTC
On Challenge:4918 (12 comments in total)
In reply to:

jmgir: I agree with onlooker and one very good example is "I am HOT host !!!", other people have done it also but not all. The explanation makes it more interesting since not everyone interpret the images the same way.

Awarding a 3 stars to all will not change the final score.

"Awarding a 3 stars to all will not change the final score" - I know - obviously a poor attempt at irony on my part!.
Seriously though, this surely proves the point that you can't have a challenge without meaningful criteria to either enter against or to vote on, otherwise the result becomes a lottery.
I can only see it working as has been suggested below, as a series where specific "arbitrary" criteria are targeted e.g. format ratio.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 at 17:37 UTC
On Challenge:4918 (12 comments in total)

I think I'll arbitrarily award each entry 3 stars - seems only fair if there are no rules (albeit a waste of effort on my part).

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 at 17:12 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Sailing Life_IWR in the Magazine editorial: Sailing life challenge (6 comments in total)

Amazing light - amazing shot - well deserved win.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2011 at 19:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Awesome in the Camera Street Avenue challenge (1 comment in total)

Loved this shot - It was my winner and I expected it to place higher - maybe some deducted points because it was reviewing photos rather than taking - but splitting hairs aside I think this is a great capture.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2011 at 22:21 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Bugatti at night in the Cars at night .. challenge (1 comment in total)

"Aston Martin" would have been a better title!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2010 at 13:18 UTC as 1st comment

According to the "best challenges" tab this is the 3rd highest placed 1st (average vote), but In my eyes wipes the floor with at least one of the better placed winners.

Never sure what proportion luck compared with hard work and planning plays in getting such a stunning shot. - either way thanks for sharing such a stunning picture and congratulations on such an emphatic win.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2010 at 07:42 UTC as 7th comment
On photo Team Origin in full flight in the I love sailing challenge (8 comments in total)

I don't know how much PP has been used here - but as someone who has spent many many hours and days sailing in the Solent, I can say that in certain combinations of wind, cloud etc. the light can be very dramatic. I suspect this shot has had some "help", but maybe not as much as you may be thinking. (lets hope that the photographer can let us know)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2010 at 14:06 UTC as 6th comment
On photo DSC_0023-copy in the Candid or smi-candid (female forms) challenge (9 comments in total)

maxflow wrote:
> Totally agreed that's why i did not vote on this entry.It does not fulfill the norms. It's just a nice pic though not suited for this challenge
> walter marshall wrote:
> > Sorry but to me it does not fit the challenge description.
> >
> > _Show Glamor, beautiful, fashion, Hi Impact female forms._
> >
> > It is not the female form it is just head and shoulders.
> >
> > To me it says that voters don't read, take any notice or understand Challenge descriptions and just vote for images that personally like, I have noticed this on many challenges, when I vote I do not vote if it does not fit the description.
> >
> > Walter
Interesting how we see challenges differently - one of the things that attracted me to this entry was that it was obviously a true "candid" shot. - there were many that I voted low because they seemed posed shots. Not sure quite where you draw the line between posed and semi candid though?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2010 at 17:22 UTC as 2nd comment
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