Sigma DP2 Quattro in 21:9 mode

Sigma DP2 Quattro in 21:9 mode
'In a previous article about the Sigma DP2 Quattro I wrote that it may well follow my usual Sigma Foveon sensor camera experience. Buy it, rave about the images quality, get frustrated by it, sell it. However, this time this camera is still around. And it's more likely (though not certain) to continue to do that since I've been exploring the various crop modes. You can shoot in 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and as above in 21:9. With the OOC double size jpgs. the camera produces, this crop still gives a large file of incredible quality and I have to say I really (really) like the compositions I can get with it. '
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Stock Photography - EVF for the Sigma DP2 Quattro - It's ugly, it's almost as big as the camera, but it works.

Stock Photography - EVF for the Sigma DP2 Quattro - It's ugly, it's almost as big as the camera, but it works.
'A somewhat less glamorous view of the English canal system, but one that has proved successful for me in terms of stock photography sales. I used the Sigma DP2 Quattro and tried out the very odd combination below to give myself a decent viewfinder.'
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Open letter to Sigma about the DP2 Quattro

Open letter to Sigma about the DP2 Quattro
'I have used Sigma cameras with the Foveon sensor for sometime now. The results have always been very impressive. The DP2 Quattro has moved the concept on in terms of image size, better high ISO quality and camera processing speed, though Sigma Photo Pro still leaves a lot to be desired. However, I and I'm sure many other Sigma users are frustrated by certain things. Firstly the fact that there is only a fixed focal length lens. And secondly that there is no built-in EVF.'
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Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.

Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.
'The future we can contemplate with mirrorless cameras is as uncertain and exciting as it's always been. I'm fascinated that my small enclave of mirrorless enthusiasts has expanded to occupy a huge section of the photographic internet and in some cases dominate it. Mirrorless is clearly a section of the marketplace that engages and interests people. Sometimes this goes a little further than it should and seems to be at the expense of creating photographs, but there is no doubt that we all chatter about mirrorless interchangeable camera systems much more than we do about anything else. And the fact that the majority of the manufacturers have now heavily invested in them is testament to the fact that they aren't going away and are going to continue to be the most discussed cameras and lenses out there'
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Sigma DP2 Quattro - Three lens outfit

Sigma DP2 Quattro - Three lens outfit
'Regular readers will be aware that I do like an 'odd' camera / lens combination. Realising that with the addition of a 58mm > 49mm reversing ring I could attach my Fuji wide and tele converters to my Sigma DP2 Quattro, I gave it a try.'
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Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while

Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while
'as indicated in the title, I'm going to take a rest from the brand bickering of mirrorless interchangeable for a while and use my DSLR (Nikon Df) Phone and Smart Cameras (Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung 2 Galaxy camera) plus my Sigma DP2 Quattro for a while, while I come to some decisions as to what I want to keep and where I want to go with that in the coming year. '
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What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.

What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.
'It's become clear that most of my gear is somewhat transient anyway. Plus there is no particular camera / lens combination that I have to own to do my job, shooting stock photography. I shoot with different gear all the time anyway and with my processing, stitching and / or upsizing workflow anything from 12MP is fine for producing image files that I can offer for sale. I do sell a lot of pictures taken with my phones after all. So my thought was, why not make this 'official?' Why not make it the case that I use whatever I'm reviewing? This has the benefit that my desire to produce real world and genuinely work related reviews that reflect how I would use the gear, becomes a reality. '
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Sigma DP2 QUATTRO - Is this the best resolution I've ever achieved?

Sigma DP2 QUATTRO - Is this the best resolution I've ever achieved?
'So all in all a success story. This camera is a step up from the Merrills for my uses and the files I can create with the DP2 Quattro are jaw dropping. It isn't the best for dynamic range certainly, but running the jpg. files through Adobe Camera raw helps with that. As I said, not a camera for all situations, but used for what it's designed to do well, slow detailed high resolution images in good light, it's really in a class of it's own. Literally.'
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Cameras that produce 100MB+ files - SONY A7R, SIGMA DP2 QUATTRO, NOKIA LUMIA 10120 COMPARED

Cameras that produce 100MB+ files - SONY A7R, SIGMA DP2 QUATTRO, NOKIA LUMIA 10120 COMPARED
'I have three cameras that will output huge 100MB+ jpg. files. The Sony A7r with it's 36MP from a 35mm / 'Full-Frame' sensor, My Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone with 38MP from a 1/1.5" Micro Sensor and My Sigma DP2 Quattro with a whopping interpolated 39MP from it's APS-C Foveon three layer sensor. Now it should be a forgone conclusion as to which produces the best image quality, but this post examines what each camera actually produces rather than just making the usual photographic internet assumptions. '
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On location with the Sigma DP2 Quattro - shooting jpgs.

On location with the Sigma DP2 Quattro - shooting jpgs.
"This is the somewhat 'old school' option of getting everything right in camera and cutting down the editing workflow to a minimum. This process therefore turns the camera into a fast operator, somewhat surprisingly. This is achieved by the fact that firstly the metering is spot on and secondly by the fact that the internal jpg. processing turns out files that require very little levels adjustment in terms of contrast, that is much more akin to shooting transparency film than the 'elasticity' of digital. 'Buy a Sigma Foveon sensor camera and cut down on your editing time' is hardly something I expected, but I'm pleased to say for me that is indeed true. "
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Have Sigma finally got the Foveon Sensor right with the DP2 Quattro?

Have Sigma finally got the Foveon Sensor right with the DP2 Quattro?
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Now I really wasn't planning to get one of these. After my experiences with The DP Merrills which despite their extraordinary image quality were 'difficult' cameras to use. (To say the least!) I had written Sigma / Foveon off as an interesting footnote in camera development, but one that wasn't going to be for me anymore.

I was persuaded otherwise by a friend who bought one and implored me to go and give it a try. I used it for a few hours and took some pictures with it. On returning I looked at the pictures on my screen and promptly ordered one there and then. Because in terms of both the image quality (expected) and the handling and redesign (unexpected) this is a very impressive camera."

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