Testing the Sigma SD1 Merrill In the Studio

Sigma SD1 Merrill
Sigma SD1 Merrill

Sigma SD1 Merrill

The Sigma SD1 Merrill is in its own right a revolutionary camera. Every other color camera on the market uses a Bayer pattern of alternating Red Green and Blue pixels, which they then interpolate data from nearest neighbors to fill in the missing two colors. This is a primary reason for jaggies, blurred edges, moire, low light artifacts and other unpleasantries. Sensor manufacturers have found various solutions to these issues both physical such as antialiasing filters and through improved fimrware and software. The only cameras on the market which do not have to deal with these issues in some way or other are dedicated black and white cameras such as the Leica M Monochrom for stills and the Red EPIC Monochrome (available soon) for video.


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Hungry? Feast Your Eyes On This Studio Photo Sample From the Olympus EPL5


We’re in the middle of testing out the Olympus E-PL5 and decided that since the sensor doesn’t have an Anti-Aliasing filter, the output should be super sharp, yes? Well to put that to the test, we slapped on the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95, and hooked our PocketWizard Plus IIIs up to the Einstein E640. Then we bounced the light off of a wall. The lens was set to F11 and no post-production was done to this photo except for a bit of resizing for the web. This was shot at ISO 200.

What do you think?

Sunday Boredom: Ask Us Anything About the Sony A99

Hey readers, we just got the Sony A99, 135mm f1.8, 85mm f1.4 (yes the Zeiss ones) 50mm f1.4 and HVL-F60M all in for review and we’ve been playing with them quite a bit so far. We understand that there is a ton of interest about the camera and the system overall. To help you guys out, we’d love to answer any questions you have about the camera, lenses, flash, and system.

But before you fire away, take a look at our studio tests with the A99, high ISO test sample, our landscape tests, and our first impressions. Plus, be sure to check out exactly which lenses will take full advantage of Sony’s new AF-D mode. If you’re in the market for a Sony DSLR, also be sure to take a look at which lenses we recommend for the system at the budget level.

Leave us a comment down below in the post. I’ve got nothing to do until tonight and will be happy to answer your questions.

Update on the Litepanels Story

About a week ago, we reported about a patent claim and coincidental ITC complaint by Litepanels, which could effectively block the import of LED light panels from other manufacturers into the U.S. We also reported about the website PatentFreeLED.com, who are running a campaign to counteract this possible import blockade of non-Litepanels-made LED light panels. In the meantime, the company has published a statement on their website, trying to explain their side of the story: Continue reading…

LED Lightpanel Patent Claims Could Stop Import of LED Light Panels to U.S.

LED light panels. Who doesn’t love them? They’re awesome for videographers and photographers both, providing constant illumination for the former while enabling the latter to preview the effects of their lighting setup before taking the shot. In addition, LED light panels consume little energy and are thus more cost effective than conventional lighting equipment. And as with all technologies, Asian manufacturers are pretty strong competitors to those based in the U.S. In this case, however, a patent claim and subsequent ITC complaint by manufacturer ‘Litepanels’ could mean that soon LED light panels may no longer be imported into the U.S. from overseas. Continue reading…

Profoto Announces New B4 1000 Air Lighting Kit

Love your Profoto Air lights? We rated the D1 Studio kit very highly in our review, and today the company has announced another update to the product line with the B4 Air 1000 light (after teasing it on their blog). So what’s so amazing about it? Here’s the breakdown for us humans in bite sized packages:

– flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second

– the company claims it is has the fastest recycling time in the world. In fact, it can fire 30 flashes per second at the lowest power setting and at full power the recharge happens in less than one second

– 1/10th F stop increments

– When the power is all drained, it can be recharged in less than 45 mins

– Aluminum chassis with rubber frame

No word on pricing or availability yet. But we’ll be sure to get our hands on a review unit soon. At this point, I should probably remind you guys that I’m a former MAC Group employee (Profoto’s mother company) and that I’m drooling to give these a spin.

Via Dan Carr Photography