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New York Street Photography with a Sigma Merrill (or two)

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by The Smoking Camera, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

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    Oct 20, 2013
    Hawaii
    Joe Marquez
    Despite warnings I recently picked up a Sigma Merrill DP2M and DP3M and decided to test them out in New York City. My intent was to use my Ricoh GR for street photography, but decided to give the two Sigmas a try. I know, I know, these cameras are not intended for quick candid shooting on the street, but I couldn't resist seeing what the foveon sensor could deliver. I certainly had to slow everything down and consider the cameras limitations much more than usual.

    Overall, I found the quirks of the camera were not as bad as I expected and the image quality met my expectations and was quite impressive. Bottom line - I was pleasantly surprised with the Sigma Merrills as a street rig. Mostly used the DP2 without a tripod or monopod. Hope you enjoy these few photos.

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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Great stuff Joe. Man, we should have had a beer or a coffee if you were here as late as this past weekend. We're staying in an apartment about a block from that Christopher St Park next to the Stonewall... I tried a bit of street shooting with the DP1M once and it worked well enough, but I never saw a compelling reason to keep using it that way with the Nikon A around...

    -Ray
     
  3. Well done, nice variety of shots.
     
  4. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

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    Oct 20, 2013
    Hawaii
    Joe Marquez
    Thanks Ray and Dave. Dave, very cool location to stay and explore. Yeah a beer would have been great. Will have to coordinate next time.
     
  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Can't beat that Sigma detail. The camera really was smokin'.
     
  6. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

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    Hawaii
    Joe Marquez
    Yes Bill, the camera was smokin' and Sigma detail is impressive.
    Ray, I've not used the DP1M but I can see why you prefer the Coolpix A which I have used. The Coolpix A has nice auto-iso implementation and handles higher iso quite well. This makes for a much more versatile street rig. My guess is the only advantage for the DP1M is more detailed image quality at base iso.
     
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Right, which arguably matters somewhere between a little and a lot for landscapes, but seems almost beside the point for most street work. But, it was kind of fun playing around with it that little bit I did on the street. If just for a different type of challenge, if nothing else...

    -Ray
     
  8. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

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    Oct 20, 2013
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    Joe Marquez
    So true Ray. Definitely a challenging street camera. What I liked about the Merrill was getting that little extra IQ with a bit more discipline in my shooting. It also allowed me to get some high quality scenic shots without having to carry my D810. IMHO a Merrill or two combined with a Ricoh GR or Nikon Coolpix A or a Nikon Df might make for a well rounded kit.
     
  9. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera SC Regular

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    Hawaii
    Joe Marquez
    A couple more with the DP2.

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