First DP2 Merrill photos

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by MarkMx72, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. MarkMx72

    MarkMx72 New to SC

    Oct 5, 2013
    Hello all,

    new forum member and DP2 user here, and I had the first proper chance in my holiday to take photos with the DP2 Merrill I bought just a few weeks ago. Not having to lug a DSLR around while hiking was pretty liberating, and after all the horror stories I read in advance, I was relieved to find the camera a joy to use.* :)

    *Let's not talk about battery life, though, which can be a bit of a problem when you're several days without electricity!

    Comments are obviously welcome, and the Flickr album is here, if anyone is interested:








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  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Lovely shots. And ---- I'M SO JEALOUS!! I just got a DP2S because I couldn't wait to afford the Merrill. But shots like yours make me know I will be getting one -- and sooner rather than later.

    Finally: Welcome! I think you'll enjoy the camaraderie of the place. It can be a lot of fun.
  3. MarkMx72

    MarkMx72 New to SC

    Oct 5, 2013
    Thank you for the kind words - I was actually given the advice (by a brick and mortar shop no less) that Sigma themselves occasionally sell the Merrill cameras on eBay with a considerable discount - which is the reason many shops don't sell them anymore here in Germany! So I waited a few weeks, and 12 of them popped up for 550,- EUR (instead of the usual 800,-).

    I am not sure if that is a good business strategy, as it obviously annoys the authorised dealers, but I didn't complain! ;-)
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    [oops double post]
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Wow! Great shots, love the first!I really like how your photos look natural yet punchy!
    Welcome to SC, I'm sure you'll have a great time here. Looking forward to seeing more of your shots :smile:
  6. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013

    Welcome. Superb photos & want to see more
  7. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    Nice shots. So makes me think I should consider this camera!
  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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  9. meadowlark

    meadowlark Guest

    Number five is a striking example of the way Sigma's handle clouds. A pet peeve of mine is blown out clouds - they don't look natural and often times distract from what otherwise is a excellent image. I don't have the DP2 (Merrill), but I do have the DP2 (to compliment my D-lux4) and the DP2 also handles clouds very well. Great set of images.
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  10. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Just to note, the first one has a really nice use of DoF. Very striking set of shots.
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Wonderful series of images. The lighting in the second is gorgeous.
  12. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Great series, the type of shots the Sigma Merrills are made for.
  13. flash

    flash SC Veteran

    May 6, 2011
    The first shot is simply outstanding. My absolute favourite landscape shot in a long time.

  14. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Wonderful set...well done.
  15. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Welcome to the forum.

    Very nice shots and gorgeous scenery.

    I'm intending to buy one of the DP Merrills - would like to know how many shots you get out of a fully charged battery?
  16. MarkMx72

    MarkMx72 New to SC

    Oct 5, 2013
    Thank you all, I am blushing here!

    Between 40 and 80 maybe, depending on how bright the LCD is, how long it takes you to frame your photos, and, significantly, on the outside temperature. 100 is pushing it under ideal conditions, but on some of the cold mornings (where you can see the white frost in the photos), it died shockingly quick.

    The camera comes with two batteries, but I also bought a set of third party ones which have even less capacity. I think I'll need to buy a couple of original ones.

    The good thing is: the files are so big, and Sigma Photo Pro is so slow, that you don't really want to take 100s of pictures, anyway! ;-) I still did, as I was learning how to use it, and I deleted a lot of them immediately, but I intend to cut it down in the future.
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  17. DHart

    DHart SC Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Wonderful images. And good tips to consider regarding battery capacity. It's also good to hear that contrary to some reports, the camera may not be quite so difficult to work with as some reports might lead one to believe. The images themselves are certainly a testament to the capability of the camera (and to your "eye" for image making).

    If you wanted to retrieve it, I would imagine there is probably a good bit of detail and color in the shadowed trees in the second image?
  18. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Thanks for that :smile:
  19. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    First of all: welcome!
    Striking and beautiful shots!
    As said already, the camera handles the skies superbly. A fantastic camera. But it's the quality of the photographer that makes it sing.
  20. MarkMx72

    MarkMx72 New to SC

    Oct 5, 2013
    Cheers, that's a good idea, I'll try that - got to admit, I find it extremely difficult to post-process photos taken in the early morning - the lighting is beautiful, but it's very dark, which rarely looks good in photos - but if you make it visible, the early morning mood is often gone.

    And yes, as far as usability is concerned, as long as you're aware of the weaknesses (low iso required, battery life, no viewfinder), I can only recommend getting one. In fact, I find it better to use than the Fuji X100 (which I dearly love) in many respects - quicker start-up time, more reliable auto-focus. My dream camera would be one with the Foveon sensor and the X100's viewfinder. :)
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