OMD & Sigma DP1 Merrill--Comparative Print Size

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by cmpatti, May 3, 2013.

  1. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

    263
    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    This subject has been covered a bit in prior threads, but I don't think my specific question has been answered. I am very happy with my OMD system, which routinely produces excellent quality in print sizes up to 16x20. I find that it fills the niche that used to be occupied by my medium format rangefinder system during the film era. I would like, however, the ability to sometimes print larger. This would be mostly landscapes, taken on a tripod at base ISO; essentially, the niche formerly occupied by 4x5. The Sigma DP1 Merrill seems promising for this use. The 28mm equivalent lens is my favorite focal length, the image quality is reputed to be incredible, and the handling and other shortcomings of the camera aren't very relevant in my planned application. My question is how much larger will I be able to print from the Merrill than from the OMD. I'd be interested in the views of anyone who has shot with and printed from both cameras. For example, how large can you print from the Merrill and get the same quality you would see from the OMD at 16x20?

    Thanks.
     
  2. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Going by the samples, the DP1M gives you slightly less real resolution than Canon's 22MP 5D3. 22MP 3:2 vs. 15MP 5:4 (what the E-M5 gives you at 16x20) means ~45% more area, assuming you printed 3:2, or roughly 18x27 - pretty much midway between 16x24 and 20x30.
     
  3. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

    263
    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Sorry if I'm a bit thick. Are you saying that holding image quality (resolution and sharpness) constant, a DP1 Merrill allows you to print only 2 inches wider than an OMD (ie., 18" vs 16" wide)?
     
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Not exactly. What I'm saying is that the samples I've seen show the DP1M to be a tad behind the 5D3 in terms of detail, and printing the 5D3 at the same DPI as you do with your OM-D would give you an 18x27 print.
     
  5. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    526
    Dec 13, 2012
    Iowa
    Jared
    I have the Epl-5 and I had adoramapix do a 20x30 metal print of one of my horses and I'm very pleased with it. Although I'm not extremely anal(hope you don't take this as a bad term) about all this stuff. But I was impressed by it.

    Here's a picture of it. I forgot I had auto ISO on so it shot at 3200 so that's why it looks a little grainy.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody112704/8704594973/" title="sassyprint by woody112704, on Flickr"> 8704594973_e1d21eafd8_b. "768" height="1024" alt="sassyprint"></a>
     
  6. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    372
    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    Alan
    or how about 15 foot high with 12mp GF1

    [​IMG]
     
  7. woody112704

    woody112704 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    526
    Dec 13, 2012
    Iowa
    Jared
    And I am trumped. lol :biggrin:
     
  8. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Print big and stand back ... no problem.
     
  9. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Gordon
    There are plenty of Merrill raws available for download. The only real way to tell is to print one yourself or at least critically compare them at 100%.

    The consensus I have seen seems to indicate it's somewhere between the Canon 5D3 and Nikon D800.

    Gordon