Photography Gear
7.7K views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Gary Dean Mercer Clark Photography Insights: Sigma DP1M,DP2M,DP3M flash options- the Metz 20 C-2 or the Sigma EF-140 shoe mount flash?

Gary Dean Mercer Clark Photography Insights: Sigma DP1M,DP2M,DP3M flash options- the Metz 20 C-2 or the Sigma EF-140 shoe mount flash? | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Metz 20 C-2 Flash – A Travel Flash – hands on review

Metz 20 C-2 Flash – A Travel Flash – hands on review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
  I have been shooting in natural light all these while. However, when there was an opportunity to shoot Thaipusam...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Sony A7(R) wireless flash triggers

I would like to Know if anybody has had success using a wireless trigger like the cactus V5 or the something like the yongnuo rf 603 ii. I don't n...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

30 seconds

30 seconds | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
A half a minute. That is all the time Dutchman Gerald Emming allows himself to take his portraits. He photographs people on the street with the Planar T* 1,4/50 –  fast and without any aids. Here h...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

DP2M - jpg compared with raw: Sigma Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

DP2M - jpg compared with raw: Sigma Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries and the largest database of digital camera specifications.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount officially announced. | sonyalpharumors

Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount officially announced. | sonyalpharumors | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

1269046_709622735756813_484763933920159188_o.jpg (1200x850 pixels)

1269046_709622735756813_484763933920159188_o.jpg (1200x850 pixels) | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

中一的 e卡口 50/0.95发布了 - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛

中一的 e卡口 50/0.95发布了 - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛 | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
看 公布的资料,很值得期待呢价格据说4900...最便宜的 F0.95镜头了[i=s] 本帖最后由 voidsys 于 2014-4-17 06:38 编辑 [/i]
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

【索尼a7/a7r转接俱乐部】容纳一切镜头的力量! - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛

【索尼a7/a7r转接俱乐部】容纳一切镜头的力量! - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛 | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
【索尼a7/a7r转接俱乐部】容纳一切镜头的力量!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

【索尼a7/a7r转接俱乐部】容纳一切镜头的力量! - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛

【索尼a7/a7r转接俱乐部】容纳一切镜头的力量! - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛 | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
索尼e口全幅数码相机 a7/a7r几乎所有的镜头(各种品牌的自动手动半幅,全幅,中大画幅,监控望远等)都可以通过转接,来享受a7/a7r全画幅的拍摄乐趣。本贴交流a7/a7r ...
Daniel Bang's insight:

pics

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Nikon 55mm f/1.2 Review

Nikon 55mm f/1.2 Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
A User Review of the Nippon Kogaku (Nikon) Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 Photographers these days are spoiled by the current capabilities of today's digital SLR cameras. Even the lowest end model can capture clean sharp images at high ISO such as 1600. ...
Daniel Bang's insight:

veiling haze

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Which flash is everyone going to get or use on A7/A7R?: Sony Alpha/NEX E-mount Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Which flash is everyone going to get or use on A7/A7R?: Sony Alpha/NEX E-mount Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries and the largest database of digital camera specifications.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

In praise of the Metz 20 C-2 - Rangefinderforum.com

In praise of the Metz 20 C-2 - Rangefinderforum.com | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
In praise of the Metz 20 C-2 Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Metz C-2 flash on LX3: Panasonic Compact Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Metz C-2 flash on LX3: Panasonic Compact Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries and the largest database of digital camera specifications.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

The moment of the unexpected

The moment of the unexpected | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Hiroshi Watanabe travels often and all over the world. And he uses his camera and two lenses from Carl Zeiss to find a timeless, unexpected perspective of people and places. Impartiality and curios...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Sigma DP2 Merrill Camera Review

Sigma DP2 Merrill Camera Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a compact camera with a large APS-C size 48 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Sigma DP2 Merrill Review

Sigma DP2 Merrill Review | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Sigma DP2M - Merrill on mono-culture.

This is an evolving article: Please register at the bottom to be emailed
when there are updates.

Any review of the Sigma line of DP and SD cameras has to start by saying
that Sigma has provoked debate since the start.  First they collaborated
with Foveon, then they bought the company. Thus no other camera maker in
the world has access to 'Foveon' sensors or technology.  

Would Leica like it.... who knows?  My goodness what a combination if it
happened.... ( ! )  

Roughley Cottage SDIM0343half.jpg SDIM0426half.jpg SDIM0320half.jpg
SDIM0350camera.JPG

The DP and SD line were relatively expensive when they were first launched
- however you could argue 'what price' would the major players pay to have
defined an epoch like the relatively tiny Sigma... ?

With the DP1 and DP2,  Sigma arguably helped to create the market for
premium large sensor compact cameras:  When the first DP Series were
launched there was both excitment about potential and considerable head
scratching - a few commentators at the time were more than a little
confused!!

Roll forward to Summer 2012

Apparently Great Britain, home of 'Team GB', is exactly the same area as
Michigan.  Makes you think ?  tiny but with a bit of global impact...  

But right now, as of writing, GB is in the the 'flat calm' after the
Olympics of London 2012:  We're  elated, decorated and deflated in equal
measure.  

But wait... 

I've got two little black Sigmas on my desk in front of me: S & M  if
you'll forgive me. DP2S and DP2M that is...  and this is my personal review
of the new DP2M, Merrill.  In the pages and the weeks to come, I will
compare the 'young pretender' DP2M  Merrill to the DP2S. Later  the DP2M to
the Fuji X-Pro1 and X100.  Exciting times to be interested in photography
and particularly in sheer image quality from exquisite tiny tools! 

Cool.

Sigma DP2 Merrill 1/80th Sec @ f8.0 ISO100

Assumptions

In writing this particular review, I have made a couple of assumptions:  

* The reader knows at least a little about the Sigma DP series, 
* The reader has a technical appreciation of the sensor differences
between Bayer, Modified Bayer arrangement used by Fuji and the Foveon
principles (I don't want to get too bogged down in mechanics and
pixel debates which polarise and in my view don't really achieve a
great deal ).  

The Sigma DP2 Merrill: First Impressions.

Well, what about the camera….?

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the DP2 Merrill since it
was announced in February.  It's here!  Without the usual 'will they won't
they' pre-amble that accompanied earlier camera model launches from Sigma.
I was really pleased to get the call to say it was 'in' I jumped in the car
and drove into town to see the guys and pick up the pristine, unopened
white box. There's no feeling like it - especially when you've parted with
your own hard earned cash!

In the Box

Peeling open the outer carton, the inner box stands in marked contrast to
the elegance of the Fuji 'Black and Silk' approach.  Raw carton cardboard.
Do you know what: I actually didn't notice until I wrote this down.  The
camera was my focus, not the box - so whilst I didn't feel 'pampered' I'm
not sure it mattered!  Software sigma PhotoPro 5.3, handbook and charger,
cables:  All the usual suspects all there... except missing is the velvet
pouch that came with the previous models.  Shame.  It was a little thing
that was actually very useful.  (I'm using the pouch that came with my Fuji
60mm lens!)  I went through the package again last night after reading the
'in the box' list in the manual.  There it was.  A SECOND battery.  This
made up for the missing pouch!

Size and Weight

Picking the camera up for the first time one is struck by the size, the
weight:  The New DP is slightly larger in each dimension, more like an
X-100 than a Ricoh GR-Digital: In fact more like a Fuji X-100 than the
previous model!  I've owned and loved both the X-100 and several
generations of the lovely GRD.) It's heavier too, at 385g, the old model
was 295g (or 335g as I shot it with lens hood and filter).  The Merrill is
about 30% heavier but it's not 30% bigger than before - so the net result
is that more 'stuff' has been crammed in: it's denser and the extra few
grammes mean than the it feels distinctly more solid in the hand than the
'S'.

In terms of the new size: I'm not sure how helpful it is to compare each
dimension.  Suffice it to say that your old DP2S 'ever ready' case won't
work for the DP2M: My take on the size increase is this:   either a camera
is 'pocketable' or it's not.  After you've decided that a camera is too big
to go in your pocket - within reason, how much too big is a bit
academic.  The 'S' was on the borderline and once you fit the lenhood which
is the only way of protecting the lens with a filter, it's no pocket
rocket!!  The 'M' tips over:  It's a very convenient size - more compact
than either the Leica M8 or the Fuji X-Pro1, but it's not a pocket
camera.   It's a similar user experience to using the  Fuji X-100. Easily
fits in a small bag and it's hardly noticeable around the neck or over the
shoulder, or like me - hanging from a wrist strap in the tripod socket.

Sigma DP2 1/50 sec @ f11 ISO100

Build Quality

The apparent improvement in 'hand feel' and perception of quality continues
with a revised  'button feel'. This hard to describe aspect really does
demand that you pick up the camera yourself, but in my view, it tells a
story of improved build quality and attention to detail.  The old buttons
were functional, but had a sort of high pitched click after slightly too
much button travel.  The buttons here are well damped, have a nice amount
of travel and feel reassuring.   It's a bit like  the doors in a new
kitchen.... they do exactly the same job as the old ones but are just
better than before... if that makes sense ?

Slightly more 'matt' than the 'satin' of times passed, it's a surface
finish which I've found to be hard wearing and resilient.  Matt black over
a metal case with the now familiar raised braille like dots. In hand you
can tell it's a DP series with your eyes closed: I'm not sure that the
finish or feel is in the same league as the Fuji(s) and of course nowhere
near that of Leica, but it's certainly fit for the job it needs to do and
you won't think about it for years to come. 

The hinged battery cover now has a release slider rather than a sliding
cover as previously.  I slightly preferred the old way of doing things but
it's a step sideways neither good nor bad, just different.

Battery Life & File Size

It's too early to offer any meaningful thoughts on battery life.  First
charge run was 59 frames but please see note on file size…. (Swallow
hard!)  I ordered two spare batteries instantly. I have the camera set to
produce the largest JPEGS and the maximum size RAW files.   The files are
about 55 MB for a X3F (Raw) and about 5.4 - 11 MB for the JPEG  so that's
67MB of file write for every frame.  Out of interest the size range of the
X-Pro1: Jpeg: 5.1 - 6 MB RAF (Raw) 26.1 MB

I think both might change once I'm into my stride using the camera but for
testing it seemed sensible to get the maximum info stored possible.  I
mention that because this obviously gives the battery more work to do -
both in terms of in camera processing and in terms of actually writing the
files to the card.   

For the record, I'm using a 16GB Sandisk Extreme Pro (A class 10 card) with
a claimed write time of 95MB/Sec. It's a good quick card with enough room
for my style of work, and I always carry a couple of spares.

I know battery life will will improve and there was a good deal of menu
viewing and picture examination with the screen on more than normal.  I'll
come back to this later when I've got more info. What is disappointing is
that the new Merrill uses a different battery to the earlier models. This
would be understandable if the march of progress had increased power
density, or increased capacity, but it doesn't seem that way based on the
numbers.   In fact the specs are similar:

BP-31 3.7v 1300mAh 4.9Wh
New BP-41 3.6v 1250mAh 4.5Wh

The new battery Called the BP-41 is physically fractionally smaller than
previously because it is a symmetrical rectangle, so it's lost the rounded
end of the old model (Which I liked because it made sure you got the
battery oriented correctly and couldn't make an error) It is precisely this
rounded end that accounts for the size decrease.

Surprise finding...  literally! - Reading the Manual last night and I
glanced at the 'package contents'.  Odd.   I went back to the box and sure
enough hidden away in the bottom there lurked another battery. The DP2M
ships with TWO BATTERIES.    This is really welcome.  And Clever. 

Things that have vanished from the old DP2S
* Focus dial has gone.
* Mode dial had gone
* Up / Down rocker has gone.
* Flash has gone
* Case shape has changed - where there was a raised 'thumb grip' there
is now a flattened area the full height of the camera.  This is
possible because the up/down rocker control has been removed, so
there is actually more room for one's thumb. 
* The button at the centre of the circular arrangement of left right up
down controls is in the same place as previously but like all of the
buttons,  it's now much bigger and easier to use.
* DC in socket has gone (But there is a cutout near the batter
compartment plugged with a rubber grommit:  Is there a mains battery
coming?
* Rounded end to one side of the battery.
New things - Physically on the camera
* 2 x BP-41 supplied.
* Bigger screen
* Rotating dial around lens to focus replacing the dial
* Bigger Buttons
* Rotating Dial surrounding the shutter release. 'Command Dial'
* 'Mode' Button
* LED around Power switch
* Power button more accessible
* 45 degree Upward facing focus confirm LED
* 'Film' plane marker  
* Revised Strap lugs 
* Different catch on the battery compartment
* Tripod mount under lens
* USB /  AV socket under easier to use flap.
* Non-extending lens
* 49mm Filter thread 

Of the buttons that remain from the old model,  there is no change to the
button layout on the back. It's a very familiar place and even the QS
buttons has been retained . This received a bit of negative comment when
the original line was introduced but I liked it and it's second only to
having direct buttons in terms of speed.  The new 'command dial' is a
masterpiece. I really like it and it a big improvement ove r the old
up/down buttons.  It's intuitive and fast to use.  I like direct access
buttons and dials for key controls, but this is an arrangement that is a
very good second best.  

Sigma DP2 Merrill 1/60th Sec @ f7.1  ISO100

Using the DP2 - Continued....Auto Focus

I'm not going to spend ages on this.  It seems to occupy a number of
reviewers and so I'm sure  a consensus will form.  But subjectively I find
the new model an improvement over the old one in terms of both accuracy and
speed.  It's impossible for me to say how much of a speed improvement there
is, because this sort of  performance isn't a factor in the photography I
use the DP for. Accuracy however is brilliant.

Auto focus has two sizes of sensor patch.  I think this size difference
will impact upon both speed and accuracy (which are obviously linked
factors)  This is the subject of some testing at the moment but I've set
the camera to use the smaller of the two options, which is tiny! As I
mentioned above, Speed is much improved over the older model, although it
is still prone to hunt in limited light.   Subjectively the focus lock is
not as speedy as either the best of the Micro 4/3rds cameras or indeed the
Fuji X-Pro1, and nowhere near a good pro SLR, however it's better than  it
was, and it feels so far to be more accurate:  It's giving me more
confidence with every passing day!

Manual Focus

Of all of the changes made in the crafting of the DP2M,  possibly the
biggest change is the loss of the Focus Dial to be replaced with the lens
mounted Focus ring.

The new system involves the same method of switching between AF and MF
(Using the top button in the circular arrangement. In MF mode, a distance
scale (with selectable units) comes up on the back screen.  Here's the good
bit: The distance is retained, not just after a power off, but after
removing the battery for charging.    

I've noticed that a combination of sensor size, resolution, focal length
means that focus even at f8.0 is absolutely critical as the depth of field
is really very shallow and this is accentuated by  the steep  'fall off' to
out of focus that is quite rapid. The closest experience I think, is using
an f1.4 50mm on a full frame SLR maybe set to f2.8.  Even at quite moderate
distances, f8.0 is not enough to help overcome a focus error of more than a
few inches.    

AF-MF

One of the most welcome features of this new arrangement is AF/MF mode.  

Step one: Auto Focus half way (Keep your finger on this) 
Step two: Rotate the focus ring.

Quite brilliantly, the rear screen zooms to 100% to help you move the
detailed point of focus where you want it, the second you stop rotating,
the screen reverts to full screen view.  

Step three: Release the shutter.

This is ideal for my photography style - Detailed images, close up, marco
style all benefit from this clever arrangement. I think it's a very good
compromise but I can understand that some 'street shooters' might prefer
the dial so they can glance down and shoot with perhaps a black rear
screen.  I think there are arguably cameras better suited for street work,
but I like this change.  

Good News.

The aperture of the DP2M remains wide open during focussing.  This might
seem an obvious requirement in order to get an accurate point of focus
rather than one masked by a 'stopped down' view, but the Fuji line seem to
have 'issues' in this department.   If you use a rangefinder then this wont
be a problem for you but with any focussing system that uses the capture
lens for focus - it's a headache.   SLR's Solved the problem with 'Auto
Aperture' and Depth of field preview in the mid to 1970's (I'm not sure
exactly when so don't shoot me :-) 

However using manual glass  like the lenses from Zeiss, Leica or
Cosina-Voigltlander on the Fuji X-Pro one has to:

* Fully open the lens to the widest aperture
* Focus
* Check the enlarged view on the rear window
* Stop the aperture down to the taking aperture
* Check exposure
* Fire

Hardly a rapid fire method... The alternative is f8.0 and 'Zone'.    

The DP2 approach to focussing is a really welcome feature that makes the
camera much easier to live with.

Galleries of Picture Examples

Sigma DP2M Merrill 1/200s @ f8.0 ISO100. Click to Enlarge.

100% Crop from the image above. Click to see enlarged.

Download full sized version (17mb)Shutter Release

The new shutter release button is larger than before.  It sits within the
command dial and is altogether a more relaxing place to have your trigger
finger.   The pressure needed to fire the shutter is much reduced and the
'feel' is completely different to the old model. Previously there was
almost a 'click' that resonated and got amplified by the camera body, when
the shutter release did it's thing, now it's much more subtle. Another nice
step forward.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

10317700_709614405757646_5195828387011843450_o.jpg (1800x1200 pixels)

10317700_709614405757646_5195828387011843450_o.jpg (1800x1200 pixels) | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

0754196j72ujjsk6nz5jxi.jpeg (800x1200 pixels)

0754196j72ujjsk6nz5jxi.jpeg (800x1200 pixels) | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Daniel Bang's insight:

50 0.95

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

Holy 50mm! The Mitakon 50 f/0.95 Speedmaster for E-Mount Arrives. | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

Holy 50mm! The Mitakon 50 f/0.95 Speedmaster for E-Mount Arrives. | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Holy 50mm! The Mitakon 50 f/0.95 Speedmaster for E-Mount Arrives. What you see above is serial# 000001 of the brand new Mitakon Speedmaster 50 f/0.95 FULL
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

中一的 e卡口 50/0.95发布了 - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛

中一的 e卡口 50/0.95发布了 - α|Sony/KM/M SLR/DSLM论坛 | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
中一的 e卡口 50/0.95发布了
Daniel Bang's insight:

min focus 0.5m

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Daniel Bang
Scoop.it!

How To Test A Lens

How To Test A Lens | Photography Gear | Scoop.it
Daniel Bang's insight:

veiling haze in fast lenses, getting rid of purple haze in photoshop

more...
No comment yet.