Paris with Sigma DP2M

Two weeks ago I spent 4 days together with my family in Paris. The main focus of this trip was sightseeing, having fun, and eating some good food.

But of course, I also wanted to meet my friend Philippe, who lives in Paris and shoot together with him. We managed to do this on one evening at the Pont Alexandre III and on one morning at the Louvre. Since this was not a photography trip I decided to leave the Leica equipment at home and just take the new Sigma DP2M and a small tripod.

We had some really good food at these two restaurants (both close to the Eiffel Tower and not too expensive):

Bistrot Firmin le Barbier
20, rue de Monttessuy

Restaurant Philippe Excoffier
18, rue de l’Exposition

I’m really satisfied with the images I got out of the DP2M and did not regret leaving the Leica at home. The biggest problem with the DP2M is, that the necessary postprocessing of the images is quite time-consuming (compared to other cameras like the Leica M9 or Canon 5DII). First I have to use two converters (SPP and LR) and second I don’t like the colors of the Sigma files without further adjustments. For example, I often had to reduce the yellow saturation to get pleasing results. Nevertheless, I really like the DP2M.

Here are some images of my favorite places in Paris:

Pont de la Tournelle:

Institut du Monde Arabe:

Pont Alexandre III:

Pont Neuf:

Pont des Arts:


Cité (Métro Paris):

Cathédrale Notre-Dame:

Place de la Concorde:

Jardin des Tuileries:

Place Georges-Pompidou:

From the Tour Eiffel:

6 thoughts

  1. Thanks very much for your DP2M posts and photos, Boris. I’ve been dithering about buying this camera for ages, but actually seeing it used by a great photographer in real-world situations – as oppose to tedious “tests” – really helps to make me decide. I doubt I’d produce photos as good as these with it, but at least I’d know it was through no fault of the camera!

    1. Thanks David! If your are willing to live with the shortcommings, the DP2M is really a great camera. It just demands a bit more effort compared to other cameras, both when taking the pictures and in PP. I think for my style and my preferences it was the right decision.

    2. David, I just had a quick look at your website. You have some great images there. Your Stromboli shot is really cool.

      1. Thanks Boris! Stromboli is a fantastic place for nature photography…

  2. Absolutely stunning Boris. Your eye for composition and processing is perfect. All the best!

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