Image Quality Comparison: Sigma DP2 Merrill vs DP3 Merrill (15 Megapixel Pictures)


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A few weeks ago, one of my readers asked me to upload some DP3M-photos in full size (15MP). Instead of just following this one request, I took some brick wall photos with the DP3M as well as with the DP2M, and additionally uploaded the most interesting photos I took so far with both cameras in full size. The lens of the DP2M is renowned for its sharpness and resolution, so it was reasonable to let the 50mm of the DP3M run against the first rate normal focal length.

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First of all, let’s turn our attention to the brick wall photos, which I took from a tripod with both cameras. I made an effort to make the cuts as resembling as possible. Just click at the pictures to get to Flickr, then click on the horizontal dots and select “Show all sizes”. Then click on “original”. Et voila! 🙂

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DP3M, f2.8

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DP2M, f2.8

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DP3M, f5.6

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DP2M, f5.6

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DP3M, f8

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DP2M, f8

Next, photos at closest focusing distance. What immediately strikes the eye is the much better macro-applicability of the DP3M.

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DP2M

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DP3M

Let’s carry on with older pictures in full size. Especially the cats appear to be quite popular on Flickr.

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And finally some new ones with the DP3M. In full size as well.

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I hope this was helpful for one or the other of you.

You can find additional DP2M photos on Pinterest or on Flickr. Same goes for DP3M photos: Pinterest or Flickr. 🙂

  1. […] The lens seems to be as good as the excellent DP2M’s normal focal length. The sharpness of the 50mm is slightly poorer than that of the 30mm, but the former distorts less – both display similar vignetting. The 50mm also seems to be less rich in contrast when looking at the RAWs in Sigma Photo Pro. This can be interpreted as one pleases, but personally I prefer a macro or portrait lens that portrays more moderately. The steeper contrast curve just fits the typical motifs of the 30mm much better. […]

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  2. Beautiful photo’s! My compliments. I love the Sigma DP* Merrills 🙂

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  3. A bit more technical info and your observations would be appreciated. Seeing the photos on a monitor limits me to the monitor rather than your real world experience. Almost anything looks good on the monitors.

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