Sigma DP2 Merrill. A second look.

This time last year (2014) I went on holiday to Grand Teton National Park with the Sigma DP2 Merrill. It wasn’t my only camera, but during longer hikes when something light (and almost pocketable) was required the Sigma really fit the bill.

I bought the camera in March 2014 when the pricing of the camera fell below £400. I used it casually over the summer and was astonished with the quality of the photographs it created. The processing of images via the Sigma Photo Pro programme was a chore (it’s slow and was prone to crashing) but only dealing with a few images at a time it had felt like an OK compromise. Interesting images with a bit of tedious effort…

Unfortunately coming back with a holidays worth of Sigma images to process tipped me over the edge. Trying to sort through and edit over a hundred pictures in one go was quite painful. I sold the camera and promised myself never to go back to the Sigma camera until there was some sort of integrated work flow with Lightroom…

A year on I thought I’d revisit a selection of the images (via Iridient Developer) and look again. The camera forced me to look afresh at the landscape around me and it’s rendering is unlike any other camera I’ve used. Basically you get a photographic ‘look’ without so much editing on the computer.

Wonderful and infuriating ! Here’s a few of my favourites from the DP2 Merrill fling – it turns out there’s quite a few pictures.

Panoramas:

Panorama from Cornwall. UK.

Panorama from Cornwall. UK.

Yellowstone.

Yellowstone.

Local woods in Kent. UK.

Local woods in Kent. UK.

Teton National Park. Wyoming.

Teton National Park. Wyoming.

Flowers:

Bluebells.

Bluebells.

Daffodils.

Daffodils.

Bluebells.

Bluebells.

Field of Oil Seed Rape.

Field of Oil Seed Rape.

Flowers and dead Bee.

Flowers and dead Bee.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

And some more individual images, both locally and on holiday:

Angles.

Angles.

Path through the crop.

Path through the crop.

Power lines and field.

Power lines and field.

The beach. Cornwall.

The beach. Cornwall.

Moon and sea, Cornwall.

Moon and sea, Cornwall.

Cows, Cornwall.

Cows, Cornwall.

Sheep at sunset.

Sheep at sunset – and remember a blown highlight is really blown with a Sigma !

Sunset at the broken barn.

Sunset at the broken barn.

Sunset and stream.

Sunset and stream.

Tree at sunset. Otford, Kent. UK.

Tree at sunset. Otford, Kent. UK.

From Polhill Bank.

From Polhill Bank.

Tree shadow.

Tree shadow.

Grey clouds and tree.

Grey clouds and tree.

Tree roots.

Tree roots.

Autumn colour in Teton National Park.

Autumn colour in Teton National Park.

Old Faithful reflection.

Old Faithful reflection.

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