Sigma SD1 Merrill

Announced Feb 8, 2012 •
15 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Hello everyone, I'm pretty much a photography-newbie. My current experience is limited to taking pictures with smartphones and non-interchangeable lens compacts. However, recently I'm determined to get more involved with the hobby and learn 'proper' photography. My friend, who is a pentaxian, recommended one of the Pentax DSLRs as a great stuff for an ambitious amateur (I like to label myself as such :P) and I was considering getting a K-70 with some lens - potentially third-party Tamron, or...
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I use RawDigger a lot to see raw histograms in order to check exposure, noise, etc. I notice that each model that I have, or have had, saturates at wildly different levels: SD10 at roughly 10,000 but with outliers up to even 20,000. SD14 at about 6,900 but with outliers up to maybe 10,000. DP2s at about 2,300 but with no outliers. SD1M at about 4,080 but with no outliers. All these numbers are derived from 12-bit ADCs, so the Merrill is the only one that makes any sense! Quattros come with...
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Anyone using the 17-70 mm 2.8/4 Contemporary on either the sd Quattro or the SD1 Merrill, how does it compare, optically, with any of the Art lenses. Would it be a useful and good enough lens to keep to use on the sd Quattro.? S
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Why not build the camera with an extension of the body structure below the lens mount protrusion, to be flush with the tripod mount, to provide a surer, more rigid, and less damage-prone union with the tripod ? I notice, for instance, that the SD1M and the Nikon D500 do this (tho half-heartedly).
By: GenGSP (3 months ago)
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I've been tasked with "improving" the AF performance of our SD1m cameras. Does the AF Micro Adjustment in the camera actually improve results? If I go through and make AF Micro Adjustment settings for all our lenses at home, do I need to do anything else while we're out shooting?I found the "Dot-Tune" method, and I think I can adjust it for the SD1m's lack of Live View. Is this good, or is there a better method to calibrate the AF?Side note: I'm really disappointed that Sigma never introduced...
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By: atom14 (5 months ago)
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Woe! I switched on my SD1M and the only response I got in the viewfinder was a "Btry" light. I changed batteries and went on shooting. Trouble is, I ended up with the default date and time - somewhere in 2011 :-( Can this be corrected for the shots I took before realising and resetting the date and time? It would involve changing EXIF, I suppose. Ta. atom14.
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By: Aaro (7 months ago)
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SD1M DP2Q Problem was WB setting gone to "Auto (Lighting Source Priority) : Set White Balance with the atmosphere of the place leaving the lighting source. (only dp Quattro series and sd Quattro). I gives wierd results, and good ones. Must know what one is doing. Anyway the shots with SD1M and SD2Q at last fine. Best Aaro --'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication'.www.lumisoft.fi/galleryhttp://dp2quattro.blogspot.fi/
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Hi All. By the end of this month I am to visit Hungary and shoot there wedding reception. I am going to take one of my Sigma cameras with 17-50/2.8OS, but cannot decide SD15 or SD1M. Maybe some of you could tell me, which camera would be better in this case not to miss a thing. Which lens from my gear list would you recommend as a second one: 50/1,4 for portraits, 70-200/2.8OS as a long range gun or anything else? Take into account the importance of the event. Don't want to carry heavy load...
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Hi I have a Nikon D5300 which I use for street photography. I would also like to do some very ART style city scapes / streetscapes in an art print fashion. I have read about and seen examples of the Foveon sensors amazing almost med / large format 3-d like picture quality, tonal gradations and colour rendition etc and am quite excited that the SD1 Merrill paired with my Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens might be an affordable option for me to get that medium format look - at low ISO and in...
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Hi Everyone: I have been using the Sigma DC 17-70mm 1:2.8-4.5 zoom for several years now. I have an SD15. I recently had the opportunity to shoot a gypsy encampment in India. If I can't print my images sharply at 11X17 I don't consider an image successful. I know it is silly, but that is my craziness. In order to get that level of sharpness, I had to push the images a bit in post-processing. The pictures were taken at ISO400 and all were in the shade. Although I am fairly happy with the...
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