About to buy a Sigma DP2

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by ivoire, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    I'm putting in an order today after seeing the images in this forum. Any advice on the best sd card for use with it? or other accessories i might need?
     
  2. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Are you planning to get the original DP2 or the new DP2 Merrill? In either case, this guide helped me out tremendously: http://docs.google.com/View?docID=dfn7v4dm_105fdr8sdhq

    Writing to the SD card is very slow, but you can continue to change exposure and take photos with the Merrill. You just can't preview the image for several seconds. I don't know what the best card to use, since I just use the SD cards I had before. But speed is perhaps more important for these cameras than others.

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    Use the camera for a while before you decide on accessories. You'll get a feel for what you'd like to add. Perhaps a grip or a viewfinder will enhance the experience, but they aren't necessary. The most important accessory is an extra set of batteries (or 3 extra sets). Next is a tripod.
     
  3. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    Purchasing the DP2 Merrill. thanks for the link
     
  4. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    The original lens hood and the Richard Franiec grip are "must have" accessories. The OVF depends on your preference of how to frame and shoot.
     
  5. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    I just placed the order from Adorama as they have a good return policy. I already know the IQ is excellent, just have to decide if i can live with the quirks. It will get a workout when it arrives in 2 days.
     
  6. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    I thought the official lens hood for the previous generation was good, but I discovered the OP/Tech Fast Cap and use it for the Merrill. It protrudes enough to act like a hood, although I doubt it blocks the light as well as the official hood. Here is mine on the Gordy's Camera Straps tumblr: gordy's camera straps gallery: Photo

    It's not as pretty as the official hood, but I love it. No more worrying about where to put the lens cap when shooting.
     
  7. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    Do you find the cap system awkward? I like the idea as i'm always wondering where the **** i put the lens cap
     
  8. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    If you wanna do macro then get the close up lens AML-2. When using it it doesn't seem to make much diference but when you look at the images you are that much closer and can zoom in on the image to get really close sharp images.

    I bought Sandisk 16gb Extreme PRO SDHC cards for both my Merrills.
     
  9. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Oh I reckon you're going to be one very happy chappy Mike. Congratulations and please be sure to add more to the growing temptation of Merrill images.
     
  10. brownnoddy

    brownnoddy SC Rookie

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    May 8, 2013
    Canada
    John
    Hi Andy - Not sure if you can answer but does the closeup lens on the DP2M compare favourably to the DP3M, which has macro focusing capability?
     
  11. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    I have no idea I'm afraid but I'm guessing that the DP3 would be better in the macro arena. I prefer the DP2 as it is a better focal length for me and I can add the AML-2 if required. If you do portrait and macro then the DP3 will be the one to get.
     
  12. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
  13. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    got stuck at the RR Xing today by 3 freight trains so jumped out with the DP2 Merrill. The detail with this camera is incredible.


    [​IMG][/url] diesel 7850 by 2Deye, on Flickr[/IMG]


    [​IMG][/url] diesel 5872 by 2Deye, on Flickr[/IMG]


    [​IMG][/url] diesel 5059 by 2Deye, on Flickr[/IMG]
     
  14. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike

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  15. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Wow Mike,
    these shots have me missing the DP2M...... nice work.
     
  16. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    Thanks Luke... This camera has taken over my attention. I thought i'd try a couple woodland panos with it. The IQ makes it addictive

    9268647455_8eeb1775fa_b. sauna pano by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9271279550_dfb5d46f86_b. stream pano by 2Deye, on Flickr
     

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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Michael, you are outdoing yourself! That DP2M certainly seems to suit you. Wonderful shots!
     
  18. ivoire

    ivoire SC All-Pro

    Dec 3, 2011
    chicago burbs
    mike
    Thanks Sue. It's the camera with the IQ that i've been looking for

    9270913124_74ffb8775c_b. docked by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9267326784_c440ec72c9_b. fresnel lens4 by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9264680025_6033d84f59_b. church2 by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9264734629_93c0993530_b. bench by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9267419536_6b1e504db1_b. cor of engr admin bldg by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9272184369_2d2ae4a114_b. whitefish pt lh by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9274987216_af601c6878_b. tecumseh by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9275001632_bece473ab9_b. SB in the lock by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9274979240_fca931cf6e_b. whitefish lh by 2Deye, on Flickr

    9272205693_1b6568e414_b. spiral stairs by 2Deye, on Flickr
     

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  19. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Sorry I missed this question. It's not awkward to use; it's straightforward actually. It does feel a bit bigger than it needs to be, compared to the stock lens cap. However, the size provides the benefit of acting like a lens hood.