One of the great things about the new Sigma (DP) Merrill cameras is the incredible amount of microcontrast they can deliver. The combination of the Foveon sensor and a perfectly matched lens make this happen. Unfortunately it has one drawback, portraits can look less flattering… But there is a simple way to fix this. In […]Read more
With Bayer sensor based cameras setting the white balance for a photo is a relatively easy task. You’d normally have two sliders you can adjust to reach the desired balance. Instead of those sliders Sigma Photo Pro has a color wheel to adjust the white balance. A relatively simple and easy to use tool. But […]Read more
Last week the world’s leading imaging fair, Photokina took place again in Cologne Germany. Although our schedules were very tight we managed to squeeze in a visit to Photokina and especially the Sigma booth. This year they did not have a big surprise like 2 years ago, the Sigma SD1 was just announced back then, […]Read more
Let me start off with the conclusion: at its best, the Sigma SD1 is most surprising in the details it uncovers. When you shoot with the SD1 you have no idea where the images will take you. There is no way of knowing what you will find when you lift the camera to your eye. […]Read more
There are two simple reasons why I do not want to call this article a review. First of all I am not a reviewer nor a journalist, I’m a photographer. Second reason is that the Sigma SD1 that I had in hand was a preproduction model. Both the firmware and the accompanying software was not […]Read more
Update 21 April 2011
Sigma corporation makes a generous donation to support the earthquake / tsunami victims in North East Japan.
By now I guess everyone is fully aware of the disaster that happened in Japan. After one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded Japan was hit by a tsunami. Destroying large areas along the north east coast and possibly …
Last week the CP+ fair was held in Japan, home country of Sigma. It also was the first new outing of the SD1 since it’s introduction at Photokina, September 2010. Sigma used the fair to release new info into the world. They updated the microsite for the SD1 and released one picture for download. […]Read more
After the surprise announcement from Sigma with the new SD1 we were even more determined to pay Photokina a visit this year. Because of our tight work schedules we only managed to free up one day to do so. But it was a very nice and fruitful day. We finally met some people in real life that we got to know through the mighty Internet. Spend time with friends we wished we could see more often like Georges and Carl but missed out on a lot of others.
And yes we got a look a at the new Sigma SD1. It is a beautiful camera. It’s design is very balanced and feels very good in hand. As it was a non-working copy I can’t say how the camera really works but the buttons seem to be in the right places. The fit and finish is very beautiful, especially the embossed info on the dials make it look very luxurious.Read more