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.|