The Merrill family is growing: Sigma DP3 announced!


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On January the 9th, during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sigma have announced a new member of their Merrill family. The Sigma DP3 has a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens which on an APS-C sized Foveon sensor behaves similar to a 75mm focal length on a full frame sensor. The release date was set on February, 2013 (follow the link above and scroll all the way down). Thanks to a minimum focusing distance of 22.6cm the magnification ratio 1:3. This is not quite as good as dedicated macro lenses for DSLRs or EVILS, but still quite useful. The buffer is bigger which makes a continuous shooting speed of 4 frames per second possible (the other Merrill cameras have a 3fps burst mode). Unfortunately price and further details are not yet known.

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Together with the new compact camera Sigma have also announced an update for Photo Pro 5.5, Sigma’s proprietary RAW developer. What is new about the software is a sophisticated monochrome mode containing features such as Colour Mixer and “Film Grain Effect”. I have no idea whether I will use it, because apart from the awesome sharpness, I find the color rendering to be one of the main features of the Foveon sensor. ;)

Below you can see the only image samples I could find:

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Source: sigma-dp.com

Let’s see what the outcome of the initial tests is going to be. The focal length could turn out to be very interesting for portraits, macro and landscapes (pano/ stitching). :)

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