Sigma Foveon banding: Random noise or sensor defect?

Started Aug 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joerg V
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In reply to Andrew Hodgkinson, Aug 17, 2012

Andrew, I hope your exchange DP2M will be as good as you expect it to be.

It is a common mistake to confuse the message with the messenger. So findings - no matter how sound they are - will always raise a riot.

As a matter of fact I am quite disappointed by Sigma. When the SD1 was announced I gathered two grands for camera and lenses... only to be totally alienated by the initial price. Then the new DP cameras were announced I got my hopes up again. Now there is that noise and banding problem... I have not yet seen one DP2M image with a tatally smooth sky. Even Sandy's DP2M - which seems to be a good sample - shows signs of banding. Two of my DP1 are down with broken lens so I am even more unsecure whether I should spend a grand on a camera that might be brittle.

The Foveon output can be fantastic - I have seen amazing images from the DP2M and the SD1(M). I still love the images of my DP1 and it is no overstatement to say that this small camera is by far the most influential gadget I had in my life.

However...

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