Excerpt: Background Experience with DP2M: 50 Days, 1200 shoots Photography Experience: Amature, 12 years, 70% digital , 30% film , 35mm to 8x10 view camera. Other Digital Cameras ownership: Canon 40D, Sony A350 , Samsung NX300 My road to my purchase of DP2 Merrill: As a slide film shooter , I have always intrigued by some of images produced by Sigma cameras for being so much slide film alike.
Excerpt: The recent price crash of this camera made it very attractive. It was bought specifically for use as a landscape camera to complement my carry anywhere Olympus EM 5. It lives up to its reputation for quirkiness and delivering the most amazing picture quality at low ISO. The lens sensor combination just works outstandingly. So far I have used the clunky Sigma pro software for basic processing and then imported the hight=est quality TIFF in to LR 5.
Summary: If you value sharpness, texture, and detail over luminance, color, and flexibility - then this is a great camera. Otherwise, I'd recommend another camera. I tested this camera for a while, but ultimately returned it and got a used Canon 5d (Mark i/classic). The Sigma delivered amazingly detailed photos of indoor scenes (especially interior shots of historical buildings, etc.
Summary: Let me first start off by letting you know that I really wanted to like this camera. I have used Nikon DSLRs(d200,d300,d700) for about the past 7 years, and have longed for a camera that was not like bringing a set of weights along with me. I am a firm believer in that the best camera is the one you have with you. I did not want to flex on picture quality, as that would defeat the purpose of not having my dslr with me.
Excerpt: Excellent camera for learning serious photography ***************************************** Pros: *excellent size, smaller and much lighter than pen, truly pocketable *pictures having a magic light, especially when using 3xf fill light *prints are totally sharp and on par with expensive dslrs *discreet and unobtrusive design, brand safe from being stolen *easy to learn manual controls and photography basics *focus wheel intuitve and easy to use *feels solid and...
Summary: I wanted to give it 2 stars, but the picture quality is very good indeed. I wanted it to replace my old Nikon D100 when traveling, but DP2 is unusable in many situations. Here are my issues: 1. Very slow focus, impossible to focus in low light, which makes it impossible to photograph people, except for portrait. Presumably one could use manual focus, but they didn't put much effort to make it usable. 2. The battery runs out very fast.
Excerpt: Construction feels solid, though from the beginning I had some issues with the flash. It would pop-out, but would not lock when I press it down. Needed to wiggle the release first. Hence my lower score for Construction. Features. Which ones? There are no features here folks! DSLR sensor is the only feature. If you are looking for others - there are none. This does not mean bad. But features are not this camera's strength. Image quality is great.
IQ is the selling point, everything else is compromised.
P. D. Everitt "colourme", Amazon
24 June 2013
Summary: The outstanding feature is the image quality obtained from the foveon sensor. Everything else has drawbacks. The processing is too slow. Focusing is too slow. Video is not worth the effort. The battery issue is a complete joke. If Sigma made the camera slightly bigger they could make it so much for functional for real world photography. The design makes it difficult to add a LCD shade which is pretty essential as the LCD is barely viewable in sunlight.