"But at low ISO nothing can beat this camera." - CEO SIGMA

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Re: Sigma cameras are for camera heroes.
In reply to Wayne Larmon, 10 months ago

Wayne Larmon wrote:

Basalite wrote:

NexOffender wrote:

Any camera can take good pictures in bright sun.

More accurately it is low ISO that the Sigmas excel at. Low ISO doesn't require "bright sun."

It's like bragging that your car is the fastest downhill.

Obviously you don't know much about Sigma cameras and the Foveon sensor they use. It's really sad 11 other people, so far, think likewise.

No Bayer sensor camera can even begin to come close to the image quality that a Foveon sensor can produce for equal amounts of pixel dimensions and sensor surface area.

"No Bayer sensor" may be a bit strong.

Not at all. That *entire* statement is fact for the ISO range the Foveon sensors can work in.

But Foveon sensors are capable of producing excellent images. Michael Reichmann reviewed a DP2M on Luminous Landscape and was very favorably impressed with the image quality. From the review summary:

In the context of the DP2 Merrill the only photographers who are going to be happy with this camera are ones who can ignore its few faults and rejoice in the remarkable image quality that the camera is capable of. To get the most from the DP2M will require not just patience (hesitant AF, slow buffer writes, lousy raw software, wobbly screen image, etc) but the willingness to put these aside in exchange for what is delivered – the highest image quality from any camera this side of a 36MP+ DSLR or Medium format camera or back. No mincing words. That's what I see.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sigma_dp2m_review.shtml
(Emphasis added.)

Sigma cameras are for camera heroes. (You need to read the review summary to understand this. It is in reference to a NSFW phrase that I can't repeat here. "Definately Not for Camera Wimps" is a Bowdlerized version of what MR wrote.)

Basalite, do you agree with MR's review?

I agree with the "not for camera wimps" part. Most people that complain about the Sigmas never even shot film. Such people don't seem to realize that back in the film days ISO 100-400 was the norm and photographers did just fine.

I don't agree with a lot of his criticisms and his claim that the Sigmas compare to "more like a 26MP camera in terms of image quality" when the Sigmas easily have better image quality than the 24MP cameras out there.

Some of the criticisms being:

"poorly designed raw software." It's designed to maximize detail, dynamic range, sharpness, and address noise when needed, and it excels at doing those things in a simple, elegant and easy to use app. What more can you ask for? It's not pretending to be another Lightroom.

"only VGA quality video." Who cares? I'm not a videographer; I'm a photographer.

"stumbling autofocus in low light." That's why you lock your focus. I have no focus issues at night.

"very poor battery life (two batteries are provided)." The cameras are tiny and they are processing large and complicated files. That should be no surprise. I'd rather carry some extra batteries in that tiny unused little pocket of my jeans than have a bulkier camera.

"slow buffer writes, even with fast cards. No further image review till buffer is empty." It's not a sports camera. 7 frames to the buffer is not bad at all.

"slowish lens." A faster lens would yield a noticeably blurry picture, unlike what you get now. It is only "slowish" based on unrealistic expectations.

"Auto-ISO won't use ISO 100." So? No one with a reasonable level of photographic experience would use such a camera in such a mode?

Wayne

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