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'The Foveon sensor with it's high-resolution ultra-sharp images would seem to be a likely candidate for shooting low ISO stock landscape / location / nature / travel material. And while that is certainly true, there are a few issues that make it less than ideal to use.'Read More
'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. 'Read More
'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.'Read More
'And the Df has an ISO 50 setting with which I created the images at the top of the page and the combination of that sensor and one of the best lenses ever made is astonishing in terms of quality and the look it generates. Forget the rest, this is the best!!!.Read More
'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.'Read More
"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. "Read More
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."
"I've done a comparison test between these two high quality lenses, the Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ART Lens. If DxO are to be believed two of the best lenses ever made."Read More
I've had some mixed feelings about this camera. I got all excited when Nikon were teasing it, but when it finally appeared I was somewhat disappointed. By the look and it's knobfest appearance and mostly by the price. However I always had it in the back of my mind that I would end up with one at some point. Reviews were mixed, but mainly focusing on the negatives.Read More
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From Mirrorless Rumors - http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/zeiss-cosina-voigtlander-sigma-and-tamron-all-do-join-the-sony-nex-system/
In a flurry of activity over the past few days we have seen announcements that Zeiss, Schneider-Kreuznach and Komamura have "joined" micro-thirds in addition to Cosina-Voigtlander. Today Sony have announced that Zeiss, Cosina-Voigtlander, Sigma and Tamron are going to be "joining" the Nex system.
So it looks like we are going to be getting an expansion of what both these systems are able to offer in terms of lenses. Since both Panasonic and Sony have produced video cameras in addition to stills cameras that share the same mounts, some of what is planned is obviously destined for that. The ultra-expensive Zeiss movie lenses being an example. Zeiss is no surprise for the NEX system as they already make lenses for Sony.
The rapidly increasing sales of these compact system cameras is obviously of interest to 3rd. Party lens makers and they see an opportunity for sales and probably also don't wish to be involved in any "boat missing".
What will come out of all this in terms of products, we can only wait and see.
All this a day after Canon seemingly signaled their continuing non-involvement (non-interest?) in anything "mirrorless", with the announcement of the 600D and 1100D.
If nothing else all this should make for some interesting speculative posting over the next few days!
Sigma are going to make lenses for m4/3 as well as NEX.
From 43 Rumors - http://www.43rumors.com/sigma-announces-they-will-join-micro-four-thirds/
Fuji obviously have everything tied up with the X100. I see no more DSLR's from them. Everything depends on how good the X100 actually is and whether there is an appetite for this kind of retro styled compact in the mass market. If it remains a niche market then it may be heading for collectable status in a few years time. At its price point it has to be really good, otherwise it will sink without trace.
Is the SD1 with its 15MP (In real terms) Foveon sensor too late or is it going to blow everything else away. We will see. Probably neither. Always destined to be a niche product I think, though they do have an amazing lens range for it!!
I think 2011 will be the year that Sigma start producing lenses for the mirrorless / e.v.i.l systems. With the growth in this market, can they afford to ignore it? Maybe a few lenses to start with for m4/3 and Sony NEX.
I assume we'll see more modules for the GXR.
So there it is, my predictions for 2011. If these all come true, I'm off down the bookies for 2012!