Sigma and the Foveon Sensor

Sigma SD14


I used an Sigma SD14 for a while and the files were impressive at their native size, which was very small. Under the right conditions the colour and sharpness were very good indeed, but it was only really useable at base ISO.


I just wonder if Sigma can make the SD1 work with the larger size and whether they can improve the higher ISO's. Their previous cameras have been great for landscape photographers but hardly anyone else.


Sigma SD14


In the meantime there have also been vast improvements to Bayer sensors, and I wonder if they can come up with something special. Leica / Kodak have shown that no anti-aliasing filter doesn't have to mean bad high ISO but the Foveon sensor is something else. Nobody else has touched it and its taken so long to come up with a version that produces images of a useable size that I wonder if there are particular problems with it.


It will be interesting to see some samples when it appears.


Sigma SD14


There's a certain number of Photographers who would like to see manufacturers offer a non-anti-aliased sensor option of their cameras. Thom Hogan has been on at Nikon to do this for years. I saw some images from a D3 with its AA filter removed and they were spectacular. Imagine a D3X sensor with that done.


Would that then negate any advantage that the Foveon sensor has?


Sigma SD14


Sigma SD14


Sigma SD14


All images shot on a Sigma SD14.