Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sigma DP3M: Getting to Know You

I haven't had the chance to do any landscapes, and have been using the camera to photograph my dog for my daily project. I can say it's harder to nail focus due to the longer lens. It might be my fault in how I set up the camera. I had increased the focus point to the larger size, and brought it back down to the smallest point. I read somewhere that it's the best setting. I keep it in the center and don't play around with moving the focus point. I don't know a lot about moving it about, so I leave it centered. It doesn't mean you have to leave it there. If you're used to moving, go ahead. it's not as fast in moving as the Sony or Fuji because I believe you can make a function button on those cameras. Hey, maybe you can do it on this camera too. I don't know. I just come from the school of center focusing. And with that I hold the focus and reposition the camera. I've done this for years and never had a problem with my film cameras.

As for metering, I have always used center weighted. It's what works for me. Use whatever works for you. I hop around using different cameras daily, so it takes me a few moments to acclimate to the menus. The DP3M menus are easy enough. They are the same as in my DP2M. Bone basic, and I like that. The DP3M is top heavy compared to the DP2M. The longer lens makes it necessary to at least have a wrist strap. It's a bit of a slippery camera. No grips anywhere. As for a grip, I seem to recall that RRS (Really Right Stuff) makes brackets specific to this camera. Also Richard Franiac's Grips has them. I have to decide which is less cumbersome. I DO want to get a tripod or at the very least a monopod. It's important to use the camera on a tripod to get the best results in landscapes, if that' what you're shooting. I am eager to try my hand at landscapes, though this is not my genre. I love handheld shots and photographing dogs. Which begs to ask why I got this camera in the first place. Well, the DP Merrill cameras are wonderful for detail, and I like seeing tack sharp layered files of my dog, when I can get them. Also, everyone who uses this camera claims that this is wonderful for portraits and close-ups. We shall see. I am liking the focal length thus far in comparison to the DP2M for photos of my dog. It gets closer. I love experimenting with the camera too, even if I'm not a techie or pro. Here are the Really Right Stuff Plates.

Here are a few more shots I've taken recently of my dog Ozzy.

My neighbor with his dog.

Didn't quite nail the focus, but love the expression.

Not quite as sharp as I'd like.

Lots of detail in this shot though.