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My name is Kwai Bun. I’m a street photographer from Hong Kong. I love experimenting a variety of cameras and photographic approaches. I also write blogs about photography & cameras.

Website: KwaiBun.asia | Facebook page | Flickr gallery

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (1)

Hong Kong is one of the great cities for street photography. There is so much texture going on everywhere. The question is: which camera should I bring?

Out of my five cameras (Sigma DP2M, Canon 5D mk2, Sony A7R, Fujifilm X-T1, Olympus EM-10), the top two with regard to effective resolving power is: Sigma DP2M, and Sony A7R (with the right lens).

The 16-MP Sigma DP2M, surprisingly, resolves almost the same level of detail as the 36-MP Sony A7R. Being more discrete and small enough to put it into the pocket of my jacket, I decided to grab the Sigma DP2M.

It was a sunny day at one of the most densely populated areas (Mongkok), providing a good enough light for the DP2M to shoot at its optimum ISO 100.

Seeing the pictures, you will know why I need to choose the cmaera with the greatest resolving power. There are infinite details and texture, with old buildings, construction bamboos, a dense array of hawkers carts, numerous densely packed little products, and the packed people. It’s all local culture.

The more details you can pick up, the more stunning your pictures are.

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (2)

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (3)

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (4)

I also went into lower light situations: interiors of an old town, in Shek Kip Mei. There are some more primitive restaurants and interior wet markets.

The DP2M isn’t really a high ISO king and I wanted to keep the ISO reasonable up to ISO 400. That’s when a monopod becomes handy. The monopod saves 2-3 stops of handshake, so I can lower my shutter speed to as low as 1/40 at ISO 400.

This setting keeps through the evening when I shot at a residential building with just dim corridor lights, and the pictures still have great details that is not smeared with noise.

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (5)

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (6)

I tested more with DP2M at other wet markets, and with the monopod trick in low light. From ISO 100-400, the DP2M gained my love for its stunning images.

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (7)

Street Shooting in Hong Kong with the Sigma DP2 Merrill (8)

Featured gear: Sigma DP2 Merrill

Website: KwaiBun.asia | Facebook page | Flickr gallery

  • Lainer

    Lovely photos. I love my Sigma DP2M.

  • jon

    Some lovely photos. Thanks for the writeup.

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