Category: Compact Camera

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A Beginner’s Experience with the Sigma DP2 Quattro

Most recently, I have decided to take a closer look at compact cameras, so that I can take high quality images while traveling and for everyday use. The Sigma DP2 Quattro is a great camera for beginners, as it is suitable for both portrait and for nature photography as well as for close-ups. I just grabbed ...

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Comparison: Marumi DHG200 vs. Raynox DCR-250 (Sigma DP3 Merrill)

First of all the most important thing: I wish you all a very Happy New Year! 🙂 In the following posting I’d like to show you some images that can make your decision between the Marumi DHG200 and the Raynox DCR-250 easier. Both achromatic lenses are a good and cheap (~ €70) option to improve ...

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Macro Power: Sigma DP3 Merrill + Marumi DHG200 + Raynox DCR-250

I’ve taken quite a few nice macro shots with my go-to macro gear (Sigma DP3 Merrill and Marumi DHG200 achromatic lens) in the past. Being curious as I am, I’ve wondered for quite some time, how this combo would perform, if one were to screw an additional achromatic lens on to the Marumi. Since this ...

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On a photo walk with an “old friend”

After all the photo walks with Art Lenses and the DP2 Quattro, it was time again to take the DP3 Merrill for a walk. From Sunday on it’s supposed to get a lot colder, so today’s photo walk is likely to have been the last chance for a few macros this year. As soon as ...

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Good light, nice colors

Although I’ve been taking pictures for ages, I’m still always surprised how important good light actually is. Modern photo technology, and modern sensors in particular, make shooting good pictures easier even under suboptimal lighting conditions; however, higher resolution, higher color depth and larger headroom in the shadows and highlights can’t replace good light. Light is ...

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A photo walk in Veliko Gradište along Srebrno jezero and the Danube

The day before yesterday I visited Veliko Gradište, a town on the banks of the river Danube in Eastern Serbia. Compared to Belgrade this place with a population of 6,500 is tiny and by far not so exciting but it’s still worth a trip, as colleagues assured me a number of times. The thing that ...

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Foveon Workflow: How to increase High-ISO headroom for color photography?

As I announced a couple of days ago, today I’ll present a workflow that further increases the High-ISO range of Merrill and Quattro Foveon sensors when taking color pictures. In contrast to the blue channel workflow, which is able to improve noise performance in black-and-white images almost without any side-effects, this particular workflow is a ...

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Sigma News and Rumors: inside stories of development and first tests of the DP0 Quattro have been published

Never has Sigma published so many sample images and so much informative material at the launch of a new camera as they have now for the launch of the DP0 Quattro. All three reports (slash/New York, slash/Nostalgic Japan, slash/Structure) have already been published on the website of Sigma Japan. As is the standard nowadays, all ...

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Sigma News & Rumours: 24-35mm F2 Art was tested on SLRGear and additional samples of the 24-35 and DP0Q were published

As the first website worldwide, SLRGear.com had the opportunity to thoroughly test the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art. According to a Review on Imaging-Resource’s partner website, the 24-35/2 A has very similar imaging qualities to its crop sibling (18-35/1.8 A). The newest Art is said to be very sharp in the middle of frame ...

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Sigma News & Rumours: new firmware versions for DP1Q, DP2Q and DP3Q, and first 24-35mm f2 Art sample images published!

A few days ago, Sigma published firmware updates for the DP Quattro series. As can be seen in the change log below, this time around the focus was on the speed of the auto focus and on the compatibility with Eye-Fi memory cards. Since I was still on holiday when the news where published and ...