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This was also a great opportunity to put my Sigma DP2 Merrill camera to the test for low-light use. If you don't know, the DP2 Merrill uses a three-layer Foveon sensor that is much different than a "normal" Bayer sensor. It has some great advantages and some great disadvantages. One of the great disadvantages is that image quality drops significantly as one increases ISO.
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One thing to know is that the camera has color noise issues starting around ISO 400. I try to avoid using this camera for color photographs above ISO 200, although I've made successful color images as high as ISO 800. It depends on exactly how I want the image to look and the situation.
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I was actually quite impressed with how the camera handled the less-than-ideal lighting of Carlos' Donuts. I was able to get very nice black-and-white photographs using ISO 400 through ISO 800, and the digital noise had a nice film-grain-like look.
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I would not hesitate to use the Sigma DP2 Merrill in certain low-light situations where the intent is to create black-and-white images. Again, it's a different story for color photographs.
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Oh, and Carlos did a fantastic job with the tour. It is not easy keeping a bunch of preschoolers attention for over half-an-hour in a small "don't-touch-anything" kind of space. But he did. My son absolutely loved the tour.
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