Sigma DP3 Merrill review by Mark Goldstein at Photography Blog

The DP3 Merrill is something out of a short tele-range fan's fetichist dreams. It comes with a 75mm equivalent f2.8 lens:

"Image quality is the DP3 Merrill's star turn, indeed the principal reason to put up with its numerous other shortcomings. The Foveon X3 sensor, be it 46 megapixel or 15 megapixels, and the prime 50mm lens deliver stunningly sharp, high-resolution images that are a joy to behold. Chromatic aberrations like purple and green-fringing are simply non-existent on the DP3 Merrill, testament to the excellent prime lens, which is also the

reason for the almost complete lack of pincushion or barrel distortion, and the fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 and 1:3 magnification ratio are very welcome.

That initially high price of £799 / $999 certainly looks more palatable when viewing the DP3 Merrill's sample images up close. Perhaps better suited to macro shots rather than portrait photography because of the slow auto-focusing system, the Sigma DP3 Merrill is once again a poor camera but an excellent image-making device that just about deserves our Recommended award."

 

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