The Sigma SD Quattro H is Coming! UK Release & Price

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Stop the Press! News has arrived of the price and release date of the Sigma SD Quattro H, the big brother of the SD Quattro, with a its APS-H size Foveon X3 Quattro, 51 megapixel sensor.

The Sigma SD Quattro H will retail at £1,499.99 and it’s due to arrive in UK shops in January, not quite in time for your Christmas stocking, but close enough to use the excuse of a late Christmas present to yourself.

But the surprise news, and real festive treat for all long suffering Sigma users, is that the H will capture RAW in DNG format!!! (see extract below). Whether you’re a fan of SPP or not  this has got to broaden the appeal of the camera, and if those clever people at Sigma can do this for the H …

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In addition to SIGMA’s original RAW format (X3F), DNG (Digital Negative) format is available.DNG is the RAW image data that is developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. DNG file makes it possible to develop images on other softwares, which gives more choices of expression.

Read the full press release here Press Release that has just been emailed to Technical Editors and Magazines.

Richard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony RX1rII in the RAW

To compress or to uncompress? That is the question.

Since I starting shooting with the RX1rII I’ve always had the format firmly set to uncompressed RAW on the (not unreasonable) assumption that though my memory cards might now hold only half the images, my disk drive is constantly full, and my post-processing time is twice as long, for an IQ gain, however marginal, it has to be worth it, right?

But for my upcoming trip to Nepal and 10 day trek to Everest Base Camp, I’ll need to squeeze as many shots as humanly possible onto each memory card and can’t waste valuable power reviewing, editing and deleting images. It was time to test the (not unreasonable) assumption and so I stole off into Leeds for 40 minutes of shooting, using both compressed and uncompressed formats.

The result? Absolutely no difference in IQ whatsoever. The only way I could tell which were which was the load times in Lightroom. The test might have been quick, and might have been unscientific, but for me it’s absolutely conclusive. I’ll head of to Nepal with the format set to compressed and happy that the resulting images might be half the size, but every bit the equal of their uncompressed brethren.

But it does leave one question, what the hell are those other 40 gigabytes doing?

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Shooting notes

All shots were taken hand held in Aperture mode. Post processing adjustments in Lightroom were exactly the same  (copy settings) for each pair of images except when taking into account different shutter speeds and therefore exposures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM Travel Zoom

On our recent trip to Lofoten, Sigma asked me to check out their 18-300mm travel zoom on the SD1 Merrill. The resulting article was published on the Sigma Lounge blog at: http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/sigmalounge/lofoten-islands-richard-walls-sigma-18-300mm-c/ . It was also featured in Geographical Magazine’s newsletter, and the images were shared by Sigma Japan to all the worldwide Sigma subsidiaries.Fame at last 🙂 If you’ve not seen it the article, and are interested in the lens, it’s published in full below.Richard

The Sigma 18-300mm Travel Zoom

A few years ago I threw all my zoom lenses under a bus and become a prime man, preferring to zoom in and out using one of the best, recent (in geological terms), innovative advances, human feet. The zooms had become too heavy and unwieldy and I never once regretted my decision.

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But lately, with a three day voyage to the Lofoten Islands looming, I was becoming more concerned. Zooming with my feet was all well and good on dry land, but if you’re on a ship wasn’t there a serious danger of those feet, and for that matter the rest of me, becoming very wet?

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And there was another problem. The small army of cameras I’d packed were all wide angle, so while all the talk in the evening bar would be of hair-splitting close-ups of sea eagles and hump back whales, all I’d have to show was a small brownish dot on the horizon!

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Fortunately Sigma came to my rescue and so as the ship set sail I was fully equipped with a SD1 Merrill paired with a 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 OS HSM travel zoom, and this zoom wasn’t big and bulky at all, in fact is was a relative lightweight!

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Lofoten is an unsurpassable place, a place where around each corner the scene takes your breath way, a place where a ten-minute journey stretches into hours as you stop and reach for your camera again and again, a place where you need to be prepared for that chance moment …

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… that instant when the last rays of the sun kiss a cliff face; or above your head sea eagles tumble in the sky; or the sun’s rays burst through an overcast sky; or a trawler shatters a perfect reflection. It was at those moments I reached for the lens.

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Sadly the whale never showed its hump, but the 18-300mm was there to capture my favourite image of the entire trip;  the most perfect, Foveon, sunrise above the mountains of the Norwegian coastline.

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Lofoten Sunset

Without the travel zoom I’d have lost the shot, instead I’d have just been able to stare and wonder, shake my head, turn, and walk back home. I guess there are times even a prime man needs a zoom.

Sigma SD Quattro H Musings

Driving around Lofoten I had plenty of time to muse on the email I’d received from Sigma UK that morning, announcing the new SD Quattros, especially the H. Where the heck did that come from???

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As I was carrying around an SD1, 2 Merrills and a Quattro, my first thought to dump them all in a lake, hire a plane, fly to Japan and snatch one from the secret Sigma lab. The H, combined with a fast Art prime or two, wouldn’t that be the thing? I was genuinely, nurdishly, excited; a big sensor, a proper viewfinder, clever auto-focus stuff, a cool shape, weather sealing, what’s not to be excited about!

And then I started to worry …

I’ve bought into the whole small camera, carry around everywhere, thing, and the H combined with an art prime, is it just going to be too big and heavy?

I’ve bought into the matching lens / sensor combo, and just the thought of cleaning sensors again gives me the shivers!

Is low light performance and noise going to improve? When the sun goes down it’s bedtime for my DP0 Quattro, and on a 30 second exposure I’d be hanging around a while for seven shots to finish (3 minutes, 30 seconds to be be exact) and a lot wind can blow in that time!

Would’t it have been great with a mount that let you attach it to some small, high quality lenses, like Leica’s (if I could only afford it)! Wouldn’t a  Foveon / Leica look be awesome?

The nightmare of SPP! I fall asleep processing each Quattro raw file now, and that’s with the bare minimum in my rush to Lightroom. How many more hours sleep will I get with H size files? Perhaps each H needs to come with the latest Mac Pro for free.

And how much is the darn thing going to cost?

But hey, what’s the point of worrying? I want one of these beauties and can’t wait to get my hands on one. If the image quality lives up to the promise, and lets me print Foveon images super-size, and I can afford it, I tell you now it’s going in my bag 🙂

 

 

Sigma DP0 Quattro Comparison – Leeds

The comparisons of the Sigma Merrill and Quattro have remained by far the most popular posts on this website throughout 2014 and 2015, with the test shot of Leeds (below) the most clicked upon.

The two shots below, taken a few days ago, complete the set with a comparison of the Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma DP0 Quattro.  Both shots were hand held. Both have been post processed in SPP and Lightroom, using the same settings. Both shots were taken at ISO100 at f5.6. On both the colours come straight from the camera. The Quattro shot has been cropped to aid the comparison.

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Leeds | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
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Leeds | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

With the Quattro I’ve struggled to control highlights, but a B&W graduated  ND filter,  soldered onto the camera, seems to have sorted the problem.

On previous comparisons the Merrill has always come up trumps on resolution and micro contrast, but taking into account the different focal lengths between the DP0 and DP1 to my eyes it’s too close to call.  Both are fantastic image producing machines and both deserve a place in my camera bag.

Please note the above is an unapologetic, unscientific comparison.

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Sigma DP0 Quattro – First Shots

I’ve finally put my money where my mouth is and bought the Sigma DP0 Quattro. Unfortunately, since it arrived, the North of England has been shrouded in mist, fog and rain, perhaps not the Quattro’s natural element. But I couldn’t resist taking the camera out just after dawn around Sheriff Hutton, near York, when we stayed at Polly’s cottage (www.ascotcottage.co.uk) last weekend.

Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sheriff Hutton | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Sigma DP0 Quattro & the Sigma DP1 Merrill

In the last of series of 3 posts on Sigma’s DP0 Quattro I couldn’t resist a cheeky comparison against the Sigma DP1 Merrill.

… But first let’s get the disclaimer out of the way!

Anyone looking for a technical, scientifically rigorous, thorough, review should look away now!

Ok, so now we’re rid of those pesky pixel peaking folks, for those still curious let’s press on with the comparison.

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Now we’re told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for that I’m personally thankful … but not holding an opinion, where’s the fun it that!

To my worn eyeballs the Merrill has the edge on resolution, but when I say edge I mean a razor sharp knife-edge of an edge, a micron of an edge, an edge just one atom thick. More importantly I seem to be able to pull more from the highlights and the shadows, an issue amplified when I don my Dracula cape and go out shooting at night (but to put this in perspective, neither camera is a Sony A7s). Finally, if I’m going through a moody, arty, monochrome phase, the Merrill has a touch more tone.

In the Quattro’s favour I love the colour rendition that comes out of the camera, the images seem warmer, richer, less harsh and more forgiving than the Merrill, especially with people and skin tones, and there’s something about the look of the landscapes, a dreaminess, a timelessness, that I can’t quite put my finger on (Lee, if you ever read this please publish your balloons picture so I can link to it and people can see for themselves).

But with the margins so thin a little post processing either way allows you to match one with the other as near as makes no difference, except for the night-time shots, and if you’re serious about this genre of photography you’re salivating over the Sony A7SII rather than reading this.

So I was pushed into a corner; had a camera bag just for one; had gun held to my head; what would I choose? Well if I find myself running to the door to catch that magic moment, I think … I might … just find myself … unconsciously … reaching for the DP0Q … I just love the look of the landscapes.

River Tees | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
River Tees | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

All things considered

A whole set of factors combine to make this comparison not worth the (virtual) paper it’s written on, including but not limited to:

  •  the different length of the lenses
  •  the wholly unscientific (for many reasons) nature of the comparison*
  • the lack of time I had to get to know the Quattro
  • an extremely subjective take on what good looks like
  • the price difference of the cameras
  • the relative sizes of the cameras (the Merrill is tiny in comparison)
  • the superiority of the Quattro as a camera
  • the relative size of the RAW files and consequent time to process in SPP
  • the limited subject matter
  • the dreariness of the weather during the time I had the Quattro.

I make no apologies, the aim of the comparison is to look at the camera against my set of needs, not yours! That said I’m sharing it because people seem to be interested in this sort of thing, and hopefully it contributes to the discussion. IMHO both cameras are immense considering the IQ, the price point and the unique look they produce. I don’t care which you’d choose, just spare a moment to look beyond the pile of bayer sensors and give them a go.

*Despite the unscientific nature I’ve tried to make the comparisons as fair as possible. Unless otherwise stated comparison shots are: the same ISO, same aperture, exposure matched by varying shutter speed, shots taken seconds apart, same processing SPP (noise reduction at zero everything else neutral), same post processing in Lightroom, and cropped to make the comparison easier.

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North by North East with Sigma’s DP0 Quattro

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River Tees Sunset | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

I’ve been lucky enough to have the loan of a Sigma DP0 Quattro over the last couple of weeks. Sadly  a combination of work and poor weather limited the time I was able to dedicate to the camera, and to understanding how to make the most of it’s capabilities.

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High Force, River Tees | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Nevertheless Staithes, high up on Yorkshire’s East Coast, and Teasdale, just across the border in County Durham, aren’t bad places to try out the camera, even on dull, flat, days!

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Staithes, North Yorkshire, Stitched | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

The above image is stitched from three shots. Even the DP0’s wide lens isn’t wide enough for Staithes!

Staithes, North Yorkshire | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes, North Yorkshire | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
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River Tees Sunset | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
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Yorkshire Coast | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes| Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes Harbour | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes| Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes| Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
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Low Force, River Tees | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Staithes | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
East Coast Sculpting | Sigma DP0 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
East Coast Sculpting | Sigma DP0 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Shooting Notes

The images are a combination of hand held and tripod steadied shots, at a variety of aperture’s and shutter speeds, all at ISO100, post processed in SPP and Lightroom.

Sigma DP0 Quattro – First Impressions, Last Impressions

Human invention is littered with the weird and the crazy. Take for example the one wheeled motorbike, or the amphibious bicycle, or more recently the Segway, a device so technically advanced it’s capable of moving at walking pace whilst remaining upright!

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In the world of photography perhaps the current champion of oddness is the Sigma Quattro range of cameras. Despite every other camera manufacturer, from high-end Hasselblad to lowbrow Kodak, being just fine with Bayer sensors, Sigma bucks the trend with the left-field Foveon sensor; wraps it up in a camera body so weird looking that you’ll be afraid to get it out in public (I have to admit to quite liking it); superglues a lens on; and outputs a raw format so complicated it needs specialist software, a supercomputer, and 23 cups of tea to process.

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Now, as I’m faced with a pile of Quattro cameras at the DP0 launch event, I’m again wondering why?

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For money? Surely Sigma would do the lazy thing, join the Bayer party, stick a conventional sensor in a conventional looking body, add some high-end glass, and settle back to earn a decent living …

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Perhaps it’s groupthink, a small knot of like-minded engineers locked away from the outside world, convinced they’re sane and that it’s the rest of the world that’s plain crazy …

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Perhaps it’s downright stubbornness, a refusal to be carried away by the tidal of wave of mammoth ISO’s, myriads of autofocus points, and micro-second start up times …

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… Or maybe, just maybe, in our profit driven, cynical, world, it’s just for the love of photography; for the challenge of turning the theoretical promise of the Foveon design into reality; for the goal of producing a camera built purely and simply to create beautiful images. Now wouldn’t that be a thing?

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Group

So first impressions of the DP0 Quattro? Well to be frank who cares about the first impressions?

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The most important impression is the last; when you finally get to see the images this strange looking contraption produces.

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It’s no secret to (the few) readers of this blog that I’ve not been the biggest fan of the Quattro range to date, preferring to hang on to my clunky old Merrills.

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But sat here writing this post, and peering at the results on my Mac, the more I look the more I’m genuinely impressed*; the matched lens and sensor working together to combine colours, tones and detail, into something quite special.

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Whisper it quietly but with the DP0 Sigma may well have cracked their goal of medium format IQ  … and who cares why they do it? I for one am just glad they do.

For a more considered, balanced and technical take on the Quattro range, I’d recommend Paul Monaghan’s article at: https://www.photigy.com/sigma-dp3-quattro-camera-review/

Shooting Notes

All shots were taken with the Sigma DP0 Quattro (the Merrills were securely locked in the car boot for the day) some hand held, others on a tripod. All were shot in RAW with the inevitable post-processing in SPP v6.3 and Lightroom. Detailed crops are at 100%. Please note this is not in anyway a scientifically based test!

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*There’s some aspects, important to my needs, that I want to delve a little deeper into – dynamic range, noise levels at realistic ISOs, long exposures and night time shooting, to name a few, but I can’t wait to try this thing in the real world.

Beautiful Bokeh, Super Sharp – Sony RX1 & Sigma DP3 Merrill

Owl | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Owl | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

A few days ago I snapped away at the owl using the Sony RX1 and the Sigma DP3. The result, for me, is a great example of the strengths of both cameras.

Having to get up close with the RX1 combined with f2.0 equals really shallow DoF,  and I love the the creamy background.

Owl | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Owl | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

The Sigma on the other hand, taken a few steps back and at f2.8 … well could you ask for more resolution? … but the out of focus areas are for me too harsh.

Owl | Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Owl | Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com

So there you have it, two different cameras, two different sensors, two different images = one slightly bigger camera bag …

… and if you’re not interested in the cameras,  at least there’s a nice picture of an owl to look at 🙂

Shooting Notes 

Hand held, ISO 100, same settings in Lightroom.

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Gaping Hill – In a Hole with the Sony RX1

Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

With a trip to the Lofoten penciled in for this winter, I’ve been reluctantly (but increasingly) tempted by the “see in the dark” Sony A7s. The problem is that a new purchase would mean the sale of my beloved Sony RX1.

Before I could bring myself to draft the eBay listing I needed to test the RX1’s low light capability one more time, and where better than 330 feet down a hole in Yorkshire.

Once a year the Bradford Potholing Club (http://www.bpc-cave.org.uk/gaping_gill.htm) set up camp for the week and winch slightly mad people down Gaping Gill, a very large hole on the flank of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. With the RX1 stuffed safely in the pocket of my down coat (try doing this with an SLR!) I climbed into the cage, was bolted in, and headed in the general direction of down.

Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

The decent is mainly lit by natural light from the top of the shaft. The cavern itself is lit by two yellow sodium lamps (UK street lights); not much lighting for a hole the size of York Minster!

Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

As we waited our turn to decend into darkness we climbed Little Ingleborough. The shots below showing the camp (right foreground) and (left, distance) Pen-y-gent, were taken using panoramic and manual mode respectively.

Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Gaping Gill | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Shooting Notes

Underground shots were taken handheld at ISO 10000, at F2 to F4, with no flash, in raw.

Post processed in Lightroom – zero sharpening, plenty of noise reduction.

I was pretty amazed that most of the shots were in focus!

Postscript

If it was down to low light performance only I’d stick with the RX1, but the extra versatility of the A7s will probably swing the decision.

More links

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3097377/Journey-centre-Earth-Amateur-cavers-given-rare-opportunity-descend-360ft-Britain-s-biggest-known-cavern-15-person.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/wellbeing/outdoors/11630162/Potholers-winched-inside-epic-Gaping-Gill-cave-for-first-time.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/incredible-yorkshire-cave-waterfall-twice-5768426

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An Evening Out with the Sigma Merrill – Leeds RERF Part 5

With the nights growing lighter and the RERF inner workings quickly being clad in wood and plastic, it was time take time out and capture it glowing the in the twilight, lit by street lamps and internal lights. I’d not used the Merrill’s before for night time shooting so was interested in their capability, and in general I’m happy with the results though I need to work out how better to control glare.  Shots were taken with 2 – 5 second exposures @ ISO100. As always the Merrills were paired with a tripod. The photos at the end were taken earlier in the morning.

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Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Leeds RERF | Sigma Merrill DP1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

The NEC Photography Show – One Year On

With the 2015 Photography Show just around the corner it’s time for a quick retrospective.

This time last year I’d Ebayed my D800 and collection of heavy Nikon glass I’d built up over the years. Photography had ceased to be fun; the lenses were too heavy to drag around; the high resolution sensor was, in my hands, over sensitive to camera shake; and the results, to my eye, lacked a certain magic compared with the superb D700. Like so many I’d fallen into the pixel peeper trap of chasing resolution and the lure of a  traditional brand.

Buachaille Etive Mor | Nikon D700 | www.richardjwalls.com
Buachaille Etive Mor | Nikon D700 | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ghent | Nikon D700 | www.richardjwalls.com
Ghent | Nikon D700 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Now I wanted a small, light solution, that promised the same quality. With some trepidation I entered into the world of mirrorless; discovered the FF Sony RX1; luckily spotted one on Ebay; and immediately did the deal.

Stickle Ghyll Beck Study | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Stickle Ghyll Beck Study | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

The RX1 covers just about every base. I love the constraint of a single focal length; the operation is a superb ergonomic mix of modern and traditional; the bokeh is smooth and creamy; the resolution seems the equal of the D800; wide open the images are awesome; and I can stick it all this in an (admittedly large) jacket pocket! Camera bliss.

But, as I headed to the inaugural 2014 Photography show, I still had some cash left over from the D800 fire sale.

Catrigg Force | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Catrigg Force | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Without lenses to buy my interest had turned to sensors and the different looks they might produce, just like different film types in the old days. The Foveon sensor had intrigued me for a while but it was Fuji’s xtrans technology packaged up in the newly released, retro styled, X-T1 that caught my eye. External controls, weather sealed, compact, great EVF, the lack of an optical low-pass filter; it looked perfect. The X-T1 was my target …

Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… And it was the X-T1 that I bought … but still having a little cash left over I headed toward the Sigma stand and discovered, right next door,  a DP3 Merrill selling for £300.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Over a cup of tea I contemplated my purchases. I was pretty pleased with the XT-1 but was thrilled with the DP3. I couldn’t believe my luck. I’d bought a DP1 Merrill for £650 a few months before only for it to be stolen on its first serious outing to Slovenia.  But the few test shots I’d managed to take in the week before looked stunning. Now, four months later, I’d picked up a DP3 Merrill for less than half the price. I’d almost forgotten I’d got the X-T1. I recall trying to persuade random people to get on over to the Sigma stand and pick up the bargain of a lifetime. Most thought I was mad.

Field Barn, Langdale Valley | www.richardjwalls.com | Sigma Merrill DP3
Field Barn, Langdale Valley | http://www.richardjwalls.com | Sigma Merrill DP3

The rest, as they say, is history. The XT-1, good though it was, couldn’t come close to the Sony in quality or versatility (I shouldn’t have expected it to), and the Sigma’s IQ and unique Foveon look simply blew me away. Both very different cameras, both unique propositions, both excelled at what they were designed to do. The XT-1 offered no original look, and no specialist purpose; there was no room on the shelf and within two weeks it had been consigned to Ebay. I think I lost £100 on the deal.

Lime Works, Peak District | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls
Lime Works, Peak District | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls

As I plan my trip to the 2015 show it feels like I’m going full circle. I still own the Sony and DP3 Merrill, and have now replaced the stolen DP1 Merrill, but now my attention is fixed on the DP Merrill’s big brother, the SD1, and pairing it with a couple of decent lenses.

Going Home | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Going Home | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Yes I know that over the past 12 months a hundred superb new cameras have been launched; each leap frogging the last with technological innovations; each offering ever higher resolution and ISO; each in ever smaller bodies; but each, sadly, much of a muchness in terms of IQ and look (I’ll exclude the Sony A7S from this statement as it is one camera that truly bucks the trend).

Tin Barn | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Tin Barn | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

In this company an SD1 at £800 (body only); a Merrill sensor wrapped in a weather sealed magnesium alloy body; seems like a bit of a bargain!

I know a Quattro armed version can’t be far away, and a FF version must be on the cards and what a camera that would be, but the little bit of Merrill magic is just two hard to resist!

Any thoughts on lenses to pair the SD1 with would be much appreciated!!

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Sigma Quattro V Merrill Comparison – Conclusion

I know from the heat of the debate when the DP2 Quattro was released how opinion quickly divided between those favouring the Quattro and those favouring the Merrill.

Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

I know that the Quattro is a huge step forward as a camera, though the funky look is not to everyone’s taste.

Concrete Works, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Concrete Works, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

I know I looked forward to the Quattro’s release as much as anyone, but just like many worried that the new sensor design would compromise image quality and the foveon look I’d fallen in love with.

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And having just packed up the DP1 Quattro to return it to Sigma, and finally replaced my (stolen) DP1 Merrill, I know what my conclusion is having compared the images the two cameras produced.

Yorkshire Dales | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

It goes without saying that the Merrill is a bloody awful camera. Slow, clunky, battery hungry, no ISO range to speak of, poor LCD, no EVF, poor in anything but bright light, useless unless paired to a tripod, I could go on …

ME109| Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
ME109| Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

BUT

The Merrill has one redeeming feature, the images it produces!

Field Barn, Langdale Valley | www.richardjwalls.com | Sigma Merrill DP3
Field Barn, Langdale Valley | http://www.richardjwalls.com | Sigma Merrill DP3

The IQ is simply superb in the detail; the look is unique; and the range of tones for monochrome just blows me away.

Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

As a camera the Merrill may be the runt of the litter but as an image-capturing machine its lens and foveon sensor combine to create simply beautiful images.

Ullswater Sunset | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Ullswater Sunset | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Pretending for one minute that I didn’t own a Merrill I’m hugely impressed with the images produced by the Quattro.

Tryfan | Sigma Quattro DP2 | www.richardjwalls.com
View from Tryfan | Sigma DP2 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

It’s IQ stood up well to the Sony RX1, a camera that costs 3 times as much; as a camera it’s a step-change improvement on the Merrill; and as a combination it’s most definitely (accept perhaps the ISO range) a strong contender for those seriously interested in photography.

Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma - Sony | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma – Sony | www/richardjwalls.com

But I do own a Merrill and so for me it was an easy choice … and if I’m not the Quattro’s target audience I not sure who is. In a world of niches the Quattro doesn’t easily fall into any. It’s not the camera for the casual shooter, nor the street photographer, nor the travel photographer, nor will it replace full frame DSLRs or mirrorless systems or Sony’s ever increasing range of interesting specialist devices, or medium format.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

My suspicion is that that Sigma set out with the best intensions of developing a camera that was superior in every way to the Merrill, improving IQ whilst addressing the Merrill’s obvious short-comings and I applaud their attempt …

Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… But that the reality is that the Quattro sensor has fallen short of its theoretical promise … and that its physical constraints will limit any real improvement going forward.

Quattro - Merrill Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Quattro – Merrill Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com

If you’re working on the bleeding edge of technology occasional failures and blind alleys are just part and parcel of life; you have to learn from them and move on; and sometimes that means a step backwards before you can move forward …

Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

… But all that is of course is pure speculation on my part …

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

If I’ve a Christmas wish I hope that somewhere in Sigma’s research department, someone is right now gluing a Merrill sensor to the inside of a Quattro body. What a camera that would be!

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Sigma DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

In the meantime if your primary interest is image quality, and you’re thinking of buying a Sigma camera my advice is don’t hesitate!

Temple of the Winds | Sigma Merrill DP3 | www.richardjwalls.com
Temple of the Winds | Sigma Merrill DP3 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

If you can put up with the clunky old Merrill, and carting around pocketful of batteries and a tripod, then for £300 you’ll have a camera that will simply amaze you with the results it produces.

Cathedral Cavern, Little Langdale| Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Cathedral Cavern, Little Langdale| Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

If you’re not so patient, and who would blame you, the Quattro, at ~ £700, is still a steal, and will produce images on a par with cameras three times or more the price.

Adam & Eve, Tryfan | Sigma Quattro DP2 | www.richardjwalls.com
Adam & Eve, Tryfan | Sigma Quattro DP2 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Whatever you decide I doubt you’ll be disappointed …

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Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 9 – Yorkshire Dales

In this final comparison I took the DP1 Quattro and DP1 Merrill to the Yorkshire Dales. Along with the DP3 Merrill.

Again the Quattro proved to be by far the better camera … but this comparison is purely about image quality … and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds up.

This first view was from our bedroom window at Simonstone Hall. Not a bad scene to wake up to!

Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Merrill - Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Merrill – Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Merrill - Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Yorkshire Dales | Merrill – Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Just for fun, an image from the DP3 below

Yorkshire Dales | Sigma D3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls
Yorkshire Dales | Sigma D3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls

Shooting Notes

Both shots are taken at ISO100 and on a tripod with a 2 second delay. The shots were taken within the time it takes to take one camera off the tripod and stick the other on. All shots have been processed in SPP with no noise reduction and a little sharpening, and finished in Lightroom with the same settings.

Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 8 – Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum (http://www.yorkshireairmuseum.org) is a great place to go, and a great place to try out cameras.

The aircraft below, the Blackburn Mercury Monoplane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburn_Mercury) built in Leeds, my home town, is perhaps my favourite, and the light is wonderfully captured by the Merrill DP1.

Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Blackburn Mercury Monoplane | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

In the comparisons below as ever the Quattro proved to be the far better camera. The comparison is however purely about image quality … and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds up.

Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | DP1 Merrill - DP1 Quattro| www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | DP1 Merrill – DP1 Quattro| http://www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | DP1 Merrill - DP1 Quattro| www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | DP1 Merrill – DP1 Quattro| http://www.richardjwalls.com

And a chance to compare the Merrill DP1 and Merrill DP3 below

Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | Sigma DP1 - Sigma DP3| www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | Sigma DP1 – Sigma DP3| http://www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | Sigma DP1 - Sigma DP3| www.richardjwalls.com
Tornado Fuselage Detail | Sigma DP1 – Sigma DP3| http://www.richardjwalls.com

I’m amazed that the DP1 Merrill is the equal of the DP3 Merrill!

Some more shots below for fun.

ME109| Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
ME109| Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Handley Page Victor | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Handley Page Victor | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Shooting Notes

All shots are taken at ISO100 & F9, on a tripod, with a 2 second delay. The comparison shots were taken within the time it takes to take one camera off the tripod and stick the other on. All shots have been processed in SPP with no noise reduction and a little sharpening, and for comparisons, finished in Lightroom with the same settings.

Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 7 – Ossett War Memorial

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time with the DP1 Quattro and  DP1 Merrill.

As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality … and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds up.

Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill - Quattro Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill – Quattro Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill - Quattro Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill – Quattro Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | - Quattro - Merrill Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | – Quattro – Merrill Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Quattro - Merrill Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Quattro – Merrill Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill - Quattro Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill – Quattro Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill - Quattro Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Ossett War Memorial | Merrill – Quattro Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com

In this series of shots, to my eye, the Merrill clearly produces better – sharpness, contrast, detail – images of the statue, to the point that I re-checked all the post processing and looked for signs of camera shake, etc..

As I originally bought the Sigma for monochrome this comparison is key for me. It was the original monochrome shot of the same subject 12 months ago with the DP1 Merrill (https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/sony-rx1-sigma-dp1-merrill/) that absolutely amazed me.

Shooting Notes

Both shots are taken at ISO100 & F11, on a tripod, with a 2 second delay. The shots were taken within the time it takes to take one camera off the tripod and stick the other on. Both shots have been processed in SPP with no noise reduction and a little sharpening, and finished in Lightroom with the same settings.

Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 6 – Pay & Display

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time it’s the  DP1 Merrill V DP1 Quattro.

As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds up.

Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Quattro - Merrill Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Quattro – Merrill Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Quattro - Merrill Detail | www.richardjwalls.com
Quattro – Merrill Detail | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Again, as with Clocks & Green,  IMHO the Merrill has less noise and brings out more detail … but if you step back from a 100% view,  this becomes less important and the advantages of the camera come back into play.

Shooting Notes

Both shots are taken at ISO100 & F11, on a tripod, with a 2 second delay. The shots were taken within the time it takes to take one camera off the tripod and stick the other on. Both shots have been processed in SPP with no noise reduction and a little sharpening, and finished in Lightroom with the same settings.

Sigma DP1 Quattro Comparison – 5 – Clocks & Greens

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time it’s the  DP1 Merrill V DP1 Quattro.

As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds up.

Clocks & Green | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green | Sigma DP1 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green | Sigma DP1 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro - Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Clocks & Green Detail | Quattro – Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

To my eye my preference – purely on my view of IQ – is the Merrill. It shades it in bringing out the detail / sharpness. I could have sharpened up both images more, but the Merrill seems to handle noise better which is a bit of surprise and one to get an opinion from Sigma on.

Shooting notes

Both shots are taken at ISO100 & F11, on a tripod, with a 2 second delay. The shots were taken within the time it takes to take one camera off the tripod and stick the other on. Both shots have been processed in SPP with no noise reduction and a little sharpening, and finished in Lightroom with the same settings.

Sigma DP1 Quattro Comparison – 4 – Victoria & Hunslet Mills

Victoria & Hunslet Mills have laid unused since the late sixties / early seventies, a poignant reminder of the inevitability of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but luckily an interesting subject at which to point the Sigma DP1 Quattro

Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www/richardjwalls.com

This shot was taken by pushing the lens through the metal fence that surrounds the site. Very little chance for good composition! Aperture is F8 as opposed to the Sony’s F16 below; the Sigma F16 shot had to be binned. Compared to the Sony the detail captured in the shot is pretty amazing.

Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sony RX1 | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sony RX1 | www/richardjwalls.com

Sony shot at F16

Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma - Sony | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma – Sony | www/richardjwalls.com

The Sigma shot is a perfectly formed miniature version of the Sony

Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma - Sony | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma – Sony | www/richardjwalls.com

I had to play around with noise reduction and sharpening with the Sigma in an attempt to match the Sony on the black sheets covering the windows.

… And just for fun some a couple of shots with the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com

The IQ of the DP3 Merrill is as always superb. It’s unfair to compare the  DP1 Quattro with the DP3 Merrill, the focal length is so different, but I can’t wait to find out if the DP3 Quattro can match it!

It was a grey day in Leeds on Sunday and so no judging the Quattro DP1 until the shooting conditions are better, and remember the benchmark here is the Sony RX1, a camera retailing on Amazon UK for almost 3 times the price of the Sigma.

Shooting & Post Processing Notes

All shots taken at ISO100 with a tripod and post processed using SPP 6.1 and Lightroom. Due to past experience of over aggressive noise reduction luminance noise reduction was knocked down to the minimum in SPP (however this seems to make the Quattro DP1 images more noisy when viewed at 100% as compared to the Merrill DP3 (or Sony) and I’ll check this out in another post).

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