Additional Thoughts On The Sigma DP2 Merrill
I wanted to do a quick follow up on the Sigma DP2 Merrill. A part two write up if you will. I have been enjoying this little beast of a tool. The sharpness and resolution, along with the colors have been a joy to behold. It’s always nice having this kind of resolution fit into a small bag. The camera is definitely not pocketable, but I do carry it along wherever I’m headed to these days. I basically ride to my office every day on my bike, and throwing it into my messenger bag is easy on the weight and space allocation. The DP2 Merrill has phenomenal auto white balance, better than I’d dare say than my Nikon D800e and D4 cameras. Though fixing auto white balance is not a big deal in Lightroom or Photoshop. The DP2 Merrill has all of the light balancing tricks the other DSLR’s have, but I’ve been impressed with the auto white balance this camera puts out. Check out the first image, and notice the different light sources surrounding and hitting the station entrance.
It’s an impressive light balance capture for all of the conflicting types of light that the Foveon sensor can deal with. Even on a foggy morning while walking the dog yesterday, the camera dealt deftly with the morning light, and the tail lights from the car in the distance. The images that are being posted are jpgs. which were outputted from Sigma’s Photo Pro software.
Not the fastest tool in the work shed, but it suffices for rudimentary work. None of these images were messed with in Sigma Photo Pro or passed through any of the Adobe products. One work around for post processing is to convert the Sigma raw files to TIFF’s in Sigma Photo Pro, and then open them up in Photoshop. That’s one work around since Adobe is still not supporting Sigma cameras. The DP2 Merrill has been a joy to use, and despite the utilitarian body shape of the camera, it’s been very easy to carry around and use. I’m still keeping it with me wherever I go.