Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 3 – Leeds Panoramic

Back to the bridge to take the same old test shot as previous comparisons. The day was dull and coming to an end but with a tripod there was just enough light. The first thing I look for is the detail on the clock face. Given the range it’s a remarkable effort from both cameras…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 2 – The Concrete Works

Sticking to the industrial theme, and in search of untypical subject matter to test the Quattro’s versatility, I pushed its lens through the railings of the concrete works on the Cross Green industrial estate. There wasn’t much room to compose a shot! It was a grey day in Leeds on Sunday and so no judging the Quattro DP1…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 1 – The RERF, Cross Green, Leeds

The new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) under construction at Cross Green, Leeds, has the largest timber frame (@42 metres) of its type in the UK. It seemed like a good place to try out some first shots with the recently arrived Sigma DP1 Quattro so I headed over. It was a dull day and…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 & Merrill Revisited

The last time I had a Quattro it lasted one week. A combination of poor results and immature SPP led me to the conclusion that the camera was just not ready, or perhaps that there was a more fundamental issue with the new sensor design when compared to that bit of magic at the heart of the Merrill. Then…

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Tryfan – Sigma Quattro DP2

The North Ridge of Tryfan is a grade 1 scramble in Snowdonia National Park.  A perfect place to try out the Sigma Quattro DP2.  No comparisons with the Merrill DP3 this time. I left it behind. All shots taken hand held, ISO 100, in RAW, and post processed in SPP and Lightroom. Adam & Eve…

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Temple of the Four Winds, Castle Howard – Sigma Merrill & Quattro

The Temple of the Four Winds, Bathed in early evening summer light, The air perfectly still … Following a track from the New River Bridge, dipping through a gap in the fence, we stumbled across the temple after the crowds had left. Above the Sun was advanced in its steady decline. We caught the temple at…

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Tin Barn – Sigma Merrill & Quattro

Rust worn corrugated iron, railway sleepers, old oak beams … A cobbled together triumph of function over form … And yet so pleasing on eye As a photographer I love such buildings; a mess of whatever was available to hand, turned into something that just works, both in function and form, with a rich tapestry of…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Postscript & Sigma Reply

Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Postscript & Sigma Reply For an updated review please see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/sigma-quattro-dp2-merrill-revisted After posting a comparison of my brand new, funky looking Quattro DP2, and my clunky old boxlike Merrill DP3, I was left speculating on the cause of the issues I’d experienced. see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/quatto-dp2-merrill-dp3-comparison/ see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/sigma-quattro-comparison-part-6b-clocks-greens-detail/ Were the results due to my…

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Sony RX1 & Sigma Merrill DP3 – Merrill Awe

The Quattro v Merrill comparison re-awoke my awe in the detail the Merrill DP3 muster up, so for just for fun I did a comparison between my Sony RX1 and my DP3. Yes I know these are very different cameras and yes I know I’ve over processed to max detail and yes I know they are not…

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Sigma Quattro Comparison – Part 6b – Clocks & Greens Detail

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ After packing the Quattro up and sending it back to Amazon, I woke in a cold sweat, fretting over Part 6 and the difference in IQ between the Merrill and the Quattro when rendering the ivy around the clock. The difference just couldn’t that big! So I went back to raw and tried to…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 8 – Conclusion

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ For an updated review please see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/sigma-quattro-dp2-merrill-revisted So time to sum up! This blogs been taken over in the last couple of days with the comparison of the new Sigma Quattro DP2 with my Merrill DP3 (and random assorted cameras). It’s not a scientific test by any means, and one aimed at my…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 7 – Morgan the Whippet Resolution Test

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ I’ve included this final test for my girlfriend Polly, who insisted I took a pic of her pooch Morgan, and to fair to Polly it’s a good test to see the detail these cameras resolve. We spent a good few minutes comparing the two photos to see which was best…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 6 – The Clock & Greens

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ Another standard testshot, and a comparison of the Merrill DP1, Merrill DP3 & Quattro DP2, plus for fun the Sony RX1 and Fuji XE2. All taken in different lighting conditions and at different settings. This isn’t a scientific comparison, but then again photography is an art not a science! When…

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Sigma Quattro Comparison – Part 5 – Red Brick

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ In the first comparison (part 1)  in the test shots of Leeds the Quattro seemed to “smudge” some of the red brick work. But to be fair it was 50mm V 30mm, so with its longer reach the Merrill DP3 was always going to provide more detail than the Quattro DP2.…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 4 – B&W

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ I originally bought the Sigma Merrill as a potential specialist monochrome camera. The B&W version of Ossett war memorial confirmed the choice, with the foveon sensor giving such rich tone. The Sigma Quattro DP2 shot taken 6 months later looks pretty special too. Again great richness of tone. But for…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 3 – Pay & Display

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ A comparison below of the Merrill DP1, Quattro DP2 and Merrill DP3, in that order. The DP1 shot was taken 6 months ago. The others today. The DP1 shot (below)  was one that amazed me when I first compared it to the Sony RX1. I’m still in Awe! The Sigma…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 2 – Image Details

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ Further Comparison of the Quattro DP2 and Merrill DP3. Obviously different focal length makes a difference! … But check out the foreground detail snippets. Should there be this much difference? Photos taken in raw. First two examples are straight out of the box, no processing. All the rest have had…

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Sigma Quattro DP2 Comparison – Part 1 – Leeds Panoramas

Please read the comparison postscript: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/sigma-quattro-dp2-comparison-postscript-sigma-reply/ For an updated review please see: https://richardjwallsblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/sigma-quattro-dp2-merrill-revisted My Sigma Quattro DP2, on order for a month at least, arrived yesterday. The shots below provide an unscientific comparison of the Quattro, with a Merrill DP3 and my Sony RX1. I say comparison with, not against, because I love both the Sony and…

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Sony RX1 – Test Shots in Leeds

More Sony RX1 shots, taken in Leeds, and nearly getting run over on more than one occasion! The pictures are low resolution jpegs, originally taken in RAW and post-processed using Lightroom.The following shot was taken though a dirty window into a “to let”, naturally lit building. Lightroom brought out the shadows and recovered the highlights.In…

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