In defence of SPP

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In defence of SPP
Sep 25, 2012

Michael Reichmann has used some very damning language in his DP1M (DP2M) review, when it comes to Sigma's SPP:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/whatsnew/

As remarkable as these cameras are when it comes to image quality, sadly Sigma's raw software is truely horrid.

And why is it horrid?

What I can't live with is the horrendously annoying Sigma Photo Pro software. This is sub-par, under featured, underpowered, slow and buggy.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_dp1_merrill.shtml

buggy

I only know about one bug in SPP 5.3.2 (for Win 7): the X3F review window colour space bug, which is curently under investigation by Sigma:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1027&message=42492356

As far as I can tell, SPP 5.3.1 for Win 7 is bug-free (I've been using it for months now without problems).

underpowered, slow

It's not clear to me what exactly he means by underpowered, but slow? Not the case for me: SPP 5.3.x runs fine on my PC.

sub-par

Again just a damning adjective, with no further explanation.

annoying

He has left review mode and starts kicking around.

This is quite a disappointment, especially as the rest of his DP2M / DP1M reviews are very reasonable (apart from the usual 'slow write times' complaints, which do not take into account the fact that the write times do not hinder the user at all to change settings and shoot again in very short succession, and the rather mysterious (to me) complaint about the 'wobbly image on the rear LCD' - I don't have that with my DP2M).

Without insinuating anything, I wonder whether this has anything to do with his Lightroom tutorials (in the sense that he is in that respect completely biased).

I should add in all fairness that he mentions all three major RAW converters when it comes to potential support for X3F.

In short: I personally have no beef with SPP at all, and I'm actually quite happy with the (admittedly) basic RAW editing options it gives me.

Everything else I do in PSE / Nik Viveza and Silver Efex anyway.

Last but not least: my impression is that the DP2M RAWS need even less editing / processing than the DPX RWAs, for instance - in othher words: the functionality SPP provides is just right.

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