Possible new owner of a DP1

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by carpetman, May 17, 2011.

  1. carpetman

    carpetman SC Rookie

    Hi everyone im new to the forum so sorry if this is the wrong section to be posting . Anyway ...... I have enjoyed photography for just under a year now but im getting a little fed up with lugging the full size dslr Nikon D40X around with me . I have been looking at getting a smaller camera for sometime and I keep coming back to reading reviews on the Sigma DP's . The thing I cant get my head around is this ..... if the three layered type of sensor is that good at capturing images why havnt other manufactuers clocked on to this idea .... are these little DP compacts as good as what people say they are ? Yes I have read they are slow , but hey im a pensioner and Im not as fast as I once was ! I certainly dont and have never wanted to rush around pointing and shoooting to my hearts content , I like to take time to compose what im about to shoot .
    Truth is ... I have been looking at so many smaller compacts such as the Canon S95 ... the Samsung NX100 and the Sigma DP's its knowing what one to buy for image quality .
     
  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    carpetman, welcome to Serious Compacts! There are quite a few really good small, serious cameras around. I've moved your first post into this forum because I wanted everyone to meet you and see what your thoughts are about your next camera choice. Let's see what feedback you get here, but please consider posting again in the Sigma DP forum and/or any of the others...with regard to the specific cameras you're considering. We've got quite a few members who are quite knowledgeable - and helpful.

    Very glad you found your way here, carpetman.:biggrin:
     
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome carpetman. The good news is today very few bad cameras are made and there is room for more idiosyncratic models like the Sigmas so follow your heart.
     
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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Carpetman, welcome from a hardwood man.
    You do know that the DP cameras have a cult following.
    If you are serious about taking your time with image making, then the DP's are the way to go.
    If your the kind of guy that takes time to smell the roses, that's a great camera for you.
    Even the software will slow you down but at days end, you'll have photos that will knock your socks off.
    Don
     
  5. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Hello and welcome carpetman.
     
  6. carpetman

    carpetman SC Rookie

    Aww thankyou everyone for the replies ..... really appriciated ! The thing is .. when you see the images taken with the Sigma DP's they are simply stunning , so much detail in them ! I really think my Nikon D40X would struggle to gain such detail ..... plus the fact the Nikon is not really pocketable for me .
     
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  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    The DP images have depth and seem very organic to me.
    Just a pleasure if you aren't in a hurry.
    By the way, it happen almost always... You'll want to have both.
     
  8. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    As I understand it, the DP series struggles in low light, which limits their appeal (along with their quirkiness), but it you mostly shoot in good light, and you are patient, people say that the Foveon sensor is tough to beat.
     
  9. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    If you do get a DP camera I recommend that you get at least one spare battery as well. Also the screen is abysmal so an OVF is very very useful.
     
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    The lens baby...no comparison!
     
  11. carpetman

    carpetman SC Rookie

    Thankyou once again guys ..... you are awesome !
     
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  12. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Hello and welcome here. I got a DP ! Don also has one or two DP's, Don do tell us please.
     
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Herman...shhhhh... My DPs are on the shelf until I get ready for them.
    They both are in the box....
     
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  14. carpetman

    carpetman SC Rookie

    Is there anything other than the Sigma DP's in the same price bracket that give such lovely images ?
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    For 4xs the price...NO!
     
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  16. carpetman

    carpetman SC Rookie

    That told me !
     
  17. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Not at that size but if you go up to the M4/3 types then you would open up the possibilities a lot.
    BTW I own a DP1 so I know they are good but being fixed focal length they do have some limitations. Mind you my other camera is a GRD3 so I manage to cope with it lol
     
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  18. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Welcome to the forum!
     
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  19. jankapp

    jankapp SC Regular

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    Aug 28, 2010
    Hi, my DP1s is my beloved one. You should take in account, that the camera is more or less a step back in time.
    You will work with RAW, but SPP is a nice (pre-)developer.
    Jan
     
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  20. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    jan, it would be super if you'd consider linking your pictures - it would be great to see your work.