Hi Pavel and thanks for your advice.
As a printmaker, I only rely on the final print. I don´t trust very much what it´s posted in the web (srgb color space, NR, very much retouched files, etc...)
The test I did was very simple:
I develop a X3F file in Sigma Prophoto that was shot at ISO 100. No retouching at all. Then I exported a 16 bit file with Prophoto RGB icc attached (the closest to LR3).
I did not make any corrections in LR3, and the final print (at 40x60cm) was amazing. Full of details, no noise at all, very colorfull, very vivid.
You said that it´s only 4.7mp, but don´t you have to multiply this 4.7mp by the 3 layers of the sensor?
Doing some research, I think if I use the DP2s ONLY in RAW, keeping the ISO between 50-200, there in NO way to beat the camera RAW fiels that come out form this litle camera. At least for my experience in printing.
Also I´ve done some printing test with a Ricoh A12 file and X1 file. They are fantastic, but... that Foveon sensor it´s something very different, at least in my printing test.
Do you remember when almost 2 years ago I asked you how to work in Silkypix with individual colors and try to "simulate" the old, expensive but fantastic "Dye transfer prints" method?
Well, considering the characteristcs of the Foveon sensor that captures each RGB channel separately (I have to think as those X3F files as a color transparency film), I guess I can give it a try testing those great X3F raw files...
ADDENDUM 2: take a look at this thread regarding printing issues (http://www.rytterfalk.com/?s=dp2+samples
). Very helpfull for me....
Once I have the camera with me and play around with either Silkypix, Prophoto or LR3, I let you know the results. I presume some very interesting outcome.
ADDENDUM 3: Please take a look at these X3F raw files (http://www.rytterfalk.com/2009/05/13/dp2-raw-pack-ii/
They are just mainly candid shots, but they look for me the most 3D+IQ pictures I´ve ever seen. Tomorrow I´ll be printing one of them at at least 90x70cm (I will interpolate and do some sharppening to the file at the final stage in the Print Module in LR3, setting the file at 300ppi, where the HP z3200ps work best) and I´ll tell you how it goes. I imagine some amazing prints...