EXPERIMENTING WITH A SIGMA DP3 MERRILL CAMERA
I am trying to decide what equipment to buy over the next twenty four months so i am currently testing out various options. I am also trying to decide if I should keep some of my older cameras or if i should concentrate on using nothing but Sony. As I am a bit reluctant to be tied to one company I am also considering the possibility of getting of getting a Medium Format Camera but I will discuss this in another post.
SIGMA DP3 MERRILL
I ordered this camera sometime in 2012 but it did not arrive until 2013 and to be honest I hardly ever used it.
For me battery life was the major problem. I remember leaving the house with three fully charged batteries all of which were exhausted after taking fewer than a total of 100 photographs.
The other problem was that the RAW images could not be processed in Lightroom or any software other than the software supplied by Sigma and that was the worst ever. It is still impossible to get third party software to process Sigma .X3F files.
The other really major problem was that it was almost impossible to use it at greater than ISO 200 so it could only really work well in good light [a sunny day]. However, if and when the camera worked it could produce some really good images.
Today, because I made a mistake setting it up, all but three of the photographs were JPEGS rather than RAW.
I should mention that I had a DP1 and a DP2. I cannot remember what happened to the DP2 but the DP1 jammed because of very cold weather during a Christmas visit to Brussels and I could not get it repaired.
The Sigma DP3 Merrill is a high-end compact digital camera made by Sigma Corporation. It features a 46-megapixel Foveon X3 sensor (4704 × 3136 × 3 layers) and a 50mm f/2.8 fixed lens (75mm in 35mm equivalent focal length).