The Nikon D800e And Sigma Merrill DP2
I'm finding that this combination of cameras in the field for landscape photography to be a killer combination. The D800e for its extreme flexibility and the Sigma DP2 for its singular fixed lens provide enough contrast in their imagery that would please the most demanding photogrpaher. The D800e obviously has the flexibility in the use of different lenses, better ISO, weather sealing, faster focusing and way better battery life. The Sigma has a strong build, but no weather sealing, doesn't like to shoot above 400 ISO, though I've managed a few good shiots at ISO 800, lousy battery life (think of your battery as a roll of 36 count film - though the batteries do charge up rather quickly.) decent AF, but no where near the D800e's quickness, nor it's 51 points of focus. But, despite the DP2's short comings, its is very compact, holds easily in the hand, though I did buy Richard Franiec's grip, (http://www.kleptography.com) and produces some of the most amazing pictures I've shot to date. The DP2 files have amazing clarity, sharpness, and the color is something to behold. That Foveon sensor does pack a wallop in terms of color that just jumps out at you. The D800e producs some of the warmest colors I've seen to date out of a Nikon product. You do need a steady hand, best to shoot above 1/250 if you hand holding it, otherwise a tripod is a nessecity due to that sensors sensitivity to movement. And since I'm assuming you are going to use the D800e in studio, or for landscaping you're already using a tripod. Reportage is not this camera's strong suit. Leave that to the D4. I've posted images using both cameras in the same venue. Let's see if you can tell which are the Sigma images and which are the Nikon D800e's. All of the images were shot raw and then converted to jpegs.