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Sigma DP3 Merrill with 50mm f/2.8 (75mm equivalent)

The per-pixel image quality of the Sigma DP Merrill cameras is fantastic, as I show in my review of the Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma DP2 Merrill (28mm, 45mm equivalents).

Now Sigma introduces the DP3 Merrill with a 50mm f/2.8 lens on an APS-C sensor, equivalent to a 75mm f/2.8 on full frame. This is a Very Good Thing, though I admit I’m hankering more for a DP0 Merrill with a 19mm equivalent.

I expect to have the DP3 Merrill for testing at some point, and my guess it that the 75mm (equiv) lens will be a honey, the 45mm being superb and a little better than the excellent 28mm. Really, both are top-grade lenses, and the decision to use f/2.8 is a smart one to keep field curvature down and sharpness up.

I’m a big fan of the DP Merrill image quality as well as the simple and highly usable interface (menus and dials/buttons). I’d make some changes and additions, but as it stands, the DP Merrill design choices are far better than the bewildering maze found in so many other cameras today.

As a side note, using DP-28, DP-45, DP-75 would have been a far better choice than the confusingly obtuse 1/2/3 nomenclature, which sounds like subsequent revisions rather than the different cameras they actually are.

Also announced is a new monochrome conversion mode in the Sigma Photo Pro software. This is smart move, and as I’ve stated clearly in my review, the Sigma DP1/DP2/DP3 Merrill might actually make the best monochrome images on the market, bar none— because the sensor has a true RGB image for superior post-shot conversion blending. Shooting DP1/DP2/DP3 Merill will cost you about 1/5 of what Leica M Monochrome system will, and you’ll actually get superior results in many cases due to autofocus and RGB options that the MM doesn’t have.

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sigma DP3 Merrill

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