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Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill In-depth Review: Digital Photography Review

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill In-depth Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Just posted: our review of Sigma's SD1 Merrill, the company's flagship 15MPx3 DSLR. The SD1 is the first camera to use the latest APS-C Foveon sensor, which detects three-color data at each location, giving what Sigma says is resolution equivalent to a 30MP conventional Bayer design. We've used both an original SD1 and SD1 Merrill, which are identical in terms of function and output, and the review reflects the behavior of the latest firmware for each. So does the no live view, no video SD1 deliver enough to carve out its own niche?"

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Sigma DP series reinvented as DP1M and DP2M with 15MPx3 sensor from SD1

Sigma DP series reinvented as DP1M and DP2M with 15MPx3 sensor from SD1 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Sigma has totally reinvented its DP series of large sensor compacts with the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. The DP Merrill models are named after Dick Merrill, inventor of the Foveon sensor and include the most recent version of the technology - the 15x3MP APS-C sensor first seen in Sigma's SD1. Because the Merrill cameras feature full APS-C sensors, they also feature totally redesigned lenses, with the DP1M including a 19mm F2.8 lens to offer a 28mm equivalent field of view and the DP2M having a 30mm F2.8 lens to give a 45mm equivalent field-of-view.

Both camera's lenses (which may sound familiar in the light of the company's Digital Neo announcements) include Sigma's Fluorite-like 'FLD' glass elements. They also both include substantially redesigned bodies that incorporate high-resolution 920k dot LCDs. The controls have also been updated and the cameras look smarter as a result. Having been first-to-market with a large sensor, prime lens compact, it must have been hard for Sigma to watch the success of Fujifilm's X100. We haven't had a chance to see the Merrills in-person yet but we hold out hope that the high-res sensor and updates will make the DP series competitive again. There is also no detail on pricing yet."

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Sigma SD1 Review

Sigma SD1 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Sigma SD1 is that company's long-awaited APS-C sized camera using a Foveon X3 sensor. The camera was first shown at Photokina in late 2010 and started to ship in June, 2011. Its launch created something of a furor because the company had telegraphed that it would come in at under $2,000, yet when launched the list price was USD $9,700. This quickly slipped to a street price of $6,899, but still much more than anyone had expected or wanted it to cost. I wrote about this at the time in an essay titled Rationalizing The Irrational. I'll have more to say about the camera's pricing later in this report.
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It’s Monday and the Sigma SD1 still costs $9700

It’s Monday and the Sigma SD1 still costs $9700 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sigma's website still doesn't have a price for the SD1 camera
It’s Monday and the price of the Sigma SD1 is still $9700. I guess the initial price was not a typo. The SD1 kit prices are still lower than the price of the camera.
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Sigma SD1 becomes SD1 Merrill and gains (much) keener price tag

Sigma SD1 becomes SD1 Merrill and gains (much) keener price tag | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Sigma's new CEO, Kazuto Yamaki has announced the re-branding and re-pricing of the company's flagship camera. The SD1 DSLR will now be know as the SD1 Merrill, in honor of the Dick Merrill, inventor of the Foveon sensor technology on which it is based. The price will also be revised, falling to what should be a street price of around $2,299, which Yamaki attributes to work conducted to reduce production costs of the sensor. Despite these changes, his letter promises the performance and characteristics of the sensor have not changed. To avoid disappointing existing SD1 customers, Sigma will offer a support program with 'points' that can be exchanged for Sigma products.

($2,299 is the Minimum Advertised Price quoted by the Sigma Corporation of America - the price that suppliers agree not to publicly advertise the camera below - and can be expected to be the street price shortly after cameras become available)"

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Sigma SD1 Preview Raw and JPEG Samples

Sigma SD1 Preview Raw and JPEG Samples | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

JPEG and Raw samples from the Sigma SD1. We've been using a production Sigma SD1 for a little while now, and although we have only just started our studio testing, we want to share some of our early 'real world' samples with you. In this gallery you will find images of a broad variety of subjects, shot at different ISO settings, in both Raw and JPEG mode (albeit using, for now, a very limited range of lenses). We have converted the Raw files using Sigma's Photo Pro 5.0 software 'to taste', and performed some minor tweaking of the resultant TIFF files in Adobe Camera Raw..

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Sigma highlights sub-$7000 street price of SD1 DSLR

Sigma has stressed the differences between recommended selling prices (MSRPs) and the 'street' price that most consumers will be expected to pay...
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Guest post: Detailed analysis of the Sigma SD1′s Foveon X3 technology

Guest post: Detailed analysis of the Sigma SD1′s Foveon X3 technology | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
This is a comment from Dan (@ZDP189) on my last Sigma SD1 post that I think it is worth sharing in a separate thread (you can check also Dan’s Fuji X100 review)...
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