Sigma DP2s vs Canon G12 at ISO 800 Street Photography

I recently read this enjoyable blog post 102 Things I have Learned About Street Photography.

I especially enjoyed 53. “Creepiness is proportional to focal length”. Don’t shoot street photography with a telephoto/zoom lens

Or as I would shorten it for humor’s sake, “zoominess equals creepiness”.  

Anyway, he inspired me to try to shoot with my Sigma DP2s at street photography settings.  He suggests 1600, but 800 is max on the DP2s, so I set it on that, and f/8 (because the max aperature on the G12 is that) and took some pictures while taking a stroll to Davis Square.   Took my Canon G12 for comparison.

Once again, at first glance, both cameras seem to take similar images until you start looking at color and detail.  Here’s the G12

Canon G12 ISO 800, f/8

Now the Sigma DP2s

Even at ISO 800, I’d take the DP2s over the G12.  I understand that ISO on a sunny day is absurd, but I just want to see what would happen if I was out doing street photography and today happened to be sunny.  I didn’t process either of those images. 

Sigma DP2s ISO 800 f/8

Next, I did a couple of 2 image stitches using Microsoft ICE.

G12 2-image stitch ISO 800
Sigma DP2s 2-image stitch ISO 800

Also, the Sigma DP2s was as fast, if not faster, then the G12 in taking street photography shots.  I’m looking forward to doing more photos after reading Eric Kim’s inspiring blog posts.  

By the way, he uses a $10,000 Leica.  On a budget? I bet a used Sigma DP1* or 2 for $300 would give it a serious run for the money.  Unfortunately, I’ll never know! 🙂 

* And keep in mind these Sigma cameras are not “toys” (a nice way of putting it, I hope).

Sigma DP2s vs Canon 60D and Sigma 50mm 1.4

I paired the 60d with a nice Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens.  (Other images here: Canon 60d shots of Victoria at Dartmouth Library)

Take this shot.  Very nice.  However…

Canon 60D and Sigma 50mm 1.4
This shot taken with the DP2s just jumps out at me.  I pulled the Gamma down for effect.  There is something with those Bayer (Canon) sensors; I end up making dozens of tweaks.  The Foveon sensor always nails it when focus and lighting are good.

Sigma DP2s
Next stop Canon 5DMkII.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll be getting a Sigma SD15 (which by the way is 38% of the price–though without good high ISO shooting and Video and a nice used market for lenses, etc.)
Here are some more DP2s shots of my daughter.

The Canon 60d takes marvelous video. I took this with the cheap 50mm 1.8.

Sigma DS2S, SD14, Nikon D90, Samsung TL500 and Canon G12 to Cape Cod

I took those cameras to Cape Cod. My new (to me) DP2s is delivering the same stunning results as my DP1. I took many comparison shots with my friend’s Nikon D90 and zoom lens (sorry, forgotten which) and my SD14. For quick shots the D90 was better, easier to use, but for portraits the SD14 had that extra je ne sais quoi. I WANT a reason to get rid of my slow SD14 (not that I have money for something else). The D90 was not the camera to do it.

I bought my SD14/50-200 setup for $510. A similar used D90 outfit would be around $900. 

You can look at a variety of what I took here

The SD14 took this photo, among other, which easily beat those I took with the Nikon (to me).

The Samsung TL500 is a slick camera for guys who like gadgets but don’t take their photography seriously. There’s no good thumb rest. The menus behave like a Sony PS2 game. For a 1/1.7 sensor, the G12 can’t be beat for professionalism. I used the G12 to do some panoramas. I still love that camera as an all-arounder.

It took these photos at night with the G12.

My DP2s has been more finicky than my DP1! Strange stuff. Like it wouldn’t change exposure (I had to re-start). Hopefully this is just my error.

Here’s a DP2s shot.  They’re still in their Anime make-up.

That’s it from here.