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So, has anyone thought of getting (or got) the Sigma DP1 Merrill?
Old 11-08-2012   #1
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So, has anyone thought of getting (or got) the Sigma DP1 Merrill?

A few of us have bought the DP2 Merrill, but I see no interest in the DP1 Merrill. Anyone here thought about it at all? The brochure was interesting:

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/pdfs...20Brochure.pdf
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Under consideration -but I am in no hurry.

Before the 2M, I had purchased the original DP1 and have been very satisfied with it.
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Under consideration -but I am in no hurry.
My feeling too. I need to see how the DP2 fits into my photography before I'd shell out another $1000 on a camera that will get used less than the DP2 (because I prefer 45mm to 28mm).
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Oh, I should have mentioned that if I ever upgraded the 1 -I would then consider doing an IR conversion to the original one...
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One thing I would consider in looking at the DP1m is how the wider lens holds up (fringing, corner sharpness, distortion, etc.). That is really the only variable between the two cameras, I think. I would expect that the wider dp1m lens would struggle in some of those areas when compared to the dp2m, but that is not necessarily a problem or unexpected.
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I completely forgot that GaryLH bought one, starting with THIS POST.
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I completely forgot that GaryLH bought one, starting with THIS POST.
I didn't know this either thanks.
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One thing I would consider in looking at the DP1m is how the wider lens holds up (fringing, corner sharpness, distortion, etc.). That is really the only variable between the two cameras, I think. I would expect that the wider dp1m lens would struggle in some of those areas when compared to the dp2m, but that is not necessarily a problem or unexpected.
Yes, I doubt the 28mm equiv could hold up to a 45mm equiv. BUT...

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re..._merrill.shtml
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A few of us have bought the DP2 Merrill, but I see no interest in the DP1 Merrill. Anyone here thought about it at all?
I actually much prefer the DP1 Merrill over the DP2 Merrill. I used to own the original DP1, which was a joy to use with an external OVF and the thumb wheel manual focusing. If there was Aperture support, I would probably get the new one.
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A lot of my photography is landscape... I decided if I was going to use a dp2m it needed to be paired w/ the sibling as well...

Though the corner sharpness is not as good as the 30, the central part of the frame is just about as good as the 30..

There was someone else on this forum he reported buying the dp1m recently, but right now I can't remember in which thread.

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Gary, any images you can share from it? Just for fun, not for peeping.
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Right now only my standard wall post... I did one for the dp1m in the same way as I did for dp2m, so that people could have a direct comparison between the two in my original first impressions thread. Look for post 59 thru 64.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...=125212&page=3

Have not had much time lately to do much w/ yet.

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Right now only my standard wall post... I did one for the dp1m in the same way as I did for dp2m, so that people could have a direct comparison between the two in my original first impressions thread. Look for post 59 thru 64.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...=125212&page=3

Have not had much time lately to do much w/ yet.

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I thought the corners on the test photo that Gary showed were totally acceptable, and the work that I've seen others doing suggests it has excellent microcontrast. It looks like a fantastic camera.

If only it were a 24 or 21 efov.

I do landscape, too, and I think the 45 on the DP2M is perfect. On the wide end, 28 really doesn't cut it when I want to capture a skyscape or a huge rock formation. So I'm waiting to see first what the XF 14mm is like before I decide about the DP1. Basically the direction I'm heading for a backpacking/travel landscape kit is the DP2M paired with another body for wide. On my last trip I used it with the M8 with a ZM18, and I was still very impressed with the results from the M8, but it is just too darn heavy (nearly 1kg).
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Take the dp2m and take a 5+ shot panaramic in portrait mode cut off the top and bottom to get a 24 or 21 fov maybe possible. Convert the tiff and send those 5+ Raws to be converted to tiff16. Shudder at photoshop doing the merge to Pano of 85mb tiffs.

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The DP1 was my first "proper" camera, so I have a real soft spot for the Sigmas. If I were to consider a digital camera, I'd consider the the DP1M, but as it stands, I'm just using film right now.
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I love that the Sigma DP cameras are made for photographers and not the general consumer base. For this reason alone, I applaud Sigma. It appears in this new series, they have produced some very special cameras. Both seem to be great, and the purchase is directed by which field of view one prefers.
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Well, I'm starting to think there may be no way to avoid getting the DP1m as well.
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Tomorrow I will have one in test, will compare it against M8 and publish results in my blog by next week.
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Cool.... that sounds great RF.
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Tomorrow I will have one in test, will compare it against M8 and publish results in my blog by next week.
Huh, awfully slow focusing. not so sharp compared to my M8. Nice files though. I don`t care to continue further, just bring back the TOY...
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Huh, awfully slow focusing.
Slow focus ... what firmware was your sample running?

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not so sharp compared to my M8. Nice files though. I don`t care to continue further, just bring back the TOY...
With what lens(es)?
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Huh, awfully slow focusing. not so sharp compared to my M8. Nice files though. I don`t care to continue further, just bring back the TOY...
Sounds like you didn't upgrade the firmware. And which 21mm lens did you use on the M8 to compare it to?
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Slow focus ... what firmware was your sample running?


With what lens(es)?
The thing is not anymore with me. First time I tried an autofocus Digital after having the M8 about three years ago. terrible: surrrr, Click

maybe the next step is the "M"...
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The thing is not anymore with me. First time I tried an autofocus Digital after having the M8 about three years ago. terrible: surrrr, Click
I thought you were running a test??? I was really looking forward to a direct M8 comparison.

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Tomorrow I will have one in test, will compare it against M8 and publish results in my blog by next week.
Can you check with your supplier at least? The FW release is critical to the AF function of this camera in particular, and would be most relevant in a test.


Anyway, what about the lens(es) on the M8 and the difference in sharpness?
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