Sigma Merrill DP3 – What A Steal!

Back in November I had my hands on a Sigma Merrill DP1 for 5 brief days before thieves broke into my hotel room in Slovenia and carried it, along with a brand new Fuji XE2, away across the border.

Fast forward to March 4th and I was sat drinking tea at the Photography show at the Birmingham NEC, a Merrill DP3 nestled in the bag at my feet, and at £299 surely a steal itself!

Despite the cameras short comings – of which there are many – that price for a Foveon sensor?!  The Quattro may be on its way, but who knows when or for how much … and optimised for noise,  and speed and battery performance, whether the IQ will match, at least at 100 iso and for B&W.

This camera, and its siblings the Merrill DP1 and DP2, may have by-past the majority, but history will record them as classics of their time, and to own a classic for £299, well, how can anyone resist.

Check out the test shots below, taken quickly, with a little post processing, and converted to B&W, and I challenge you to disagree!

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Sigma DP3 Robot
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Crates
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Canal Lock
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Canal Lock
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Canal Lock
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Warehouse
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Canal Lock
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Canal Lock
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Sigma Merrill DP3 – Clock
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