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The Quattro is Ugly

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phazelag
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The Quattro is Ugly
Feb 13, 2014

I am very interested in the DP2 Quattro and I will always take performance and function over looks and style, but really?  I just checked it out on http://camerasize.com/compact/#456,454,534,532,ha,t

and it is quite repulsive to me.  Anyone else?  It wont stop me from buying it as long as it lives up to what I think it will.

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In reply to phazelag, Feb 13, 2014

If the form is truly functional, then in time it will grow on everyone.  only time will tell.

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and very large, so large in fact that I don't see the point of its existence. If I'm going to shoot a large camera I'd prefer a full fledged dslr with interchangeable lenses. But as an attention getter for free PR it's great.  But if the resolution comes close to a D800E then it sell.

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and very large, so large in fact that I don't see the point of its existence. If I'm going to shoot a large camera I'd prefer a full fledged dslr with interchangeable lenses. But as an attention getter for free PR it's great. But if the resolution comes close to a D800E then it sell.

Yes good point, I was trying to imagine carrying it and not sure how I would do it.  Also if the lenses are that large why not just make them interchangeable?

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It reminds me of the time when the Beetle was introduced...it was considered ugly but later in its life won beauty awards.

It is not really that an odd-ball size when you think of the 617 cameras out - especially the Fotoman 617.

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rick decker wrote:

It reminds me of the time when the Beetle was introduced...it was considered ugly but later in its life won beauty awards.

It is not really that an odd-ball size when you think of the 617 cameras out - especially the Fotoman 617.

Those cameras were my first thought too, of course the shape was functional there!

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I actually think the design is visually very good
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my concern is usability and size. The usability i will have to play with one. The size applying specifically to me for street life work.

I don't see the size being a major issue for a landscape or portrait photographer.

Although I have to hold it and even walk around with one to see how this feels- strangely enough because it's all black without major marks in the front, I get the impression it will not draw on the streets as much attention from people as I would have first thought- but I will only know when I hold one.

This to me is key because I do not want to draw attention for street work.

All that said, I really think the design visually is pretty interesting and in person as it will be "smaller than what it seems in these shots" it will have a certain aspect of cool.

I like the design visually because it does not look to me gimmicky or cheesy. It looks like mixing style with some future while keeping a certain respect to "camera tool." I like that.

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rick decker wrote:

It reminds me of the time when the Beetle was introduced...it was considered ugly but later in its life won beauty awards.

Interesting you mention that. I find the design of the Quattro visually "growing on me."  I really want to check out usability though.

It is not really that an odd-ball size when you think of the 617 cameras out - especially the Fotoman 617.

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It look like a Digital Shillelagh
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It look like a Digital Shillelagh from the people who styled the Lytro camera ....... not good , it`d not be so bad if they`d used all that space for more buttons, dials and to squeeze in an EVF at left but they didn`t of course ......... look great for walloping someone with though - preferably the idiot who did the styling .

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phazelag wrote:

I am very interested in the DP2 Quattro and I will always take performance and function over looks and style, but really? I just checked it out on http://camerasize.com/compact/#456,454,534,532,ha,t

and it is quite repulsive to me. Anyone else? It wont stop me from buying it as long as it lives up to what I think it will.

The shape is unusual, and like other unusual shapes it takes getting used to.

Read the hands-on report here on DPReview, the comments below are very interesting - there are a lot more people who like the shape than I would have thought.

Also it can be the case, that some things you think look ugly in pictures actually look good in person (as any photographer knows!).  There are more than a few cars I've not liked in photographs but appreciated more in person.

I personally like things that are different, so to me the shape is appealing.  But I still want to see it in person before making up my mind.

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it is (ugly).

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In reply to marcodadofoto, Feb 13, 2014

An other classification: Exotic and brave.
But I don't think it is a smart move and too opportunistic.
Small and light used to be a feature of the DP-series, now you can fill two flat hands with it.
Sigma is just not a very good and wise camera-builder; for all that.. their cameras make excellent pictures.
They need to find a partner, like Ricoh found Pentax, in order to make better cameras.

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I love things that are different.  I really like the look of the DP Quattros.

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phazelag wrote:

I am very interested in the DP2 Quattro and I will always take performance and function over looks and style, but really? I just checked it out on http://camerasize.com/compact/#456,454,534,532,ha,t

and it is quite repulsive to me. Anyone else? It wont stop me from buying it as long as it lives up to what I think it will.

I don't find it ugly. I do find the common blobby design of many DSLRs ugly - for instance, the Nikon D800.

The Quattro camera looks functional.

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In reply to Raist3d, Feb 13, 2014

Raist3d wrote:

my concern is usability and size. The usability i will have to play with one. The size applying specifically to me for street life work.

The usability will be limited by the lack of a hinge on the LCD.

I don't see the size being a major issue for a landscape or portrait photographer.

Although I have to hold it and even walk around with one to see how this feels- strangely enough because it's all black without major marks in the front, I get the impression it will not draw on the streets as much attention from people as I would have first thought- but I will only know when I hold one.

This to me is key because I do not want to draw attention for street work.

This is where the waist-level viewing of a hinged LCD helps.

All that said, I really think the design visually is pretty interesting and in person as it will be "smaller than what it seems in these shots" it will have a certain aspect of cool.

I like the design visually because it does not look to me gimmicky or cheesy. It looks like mixing style with some future while keeping a certain respect to "camera tool." I like that.

I think it looks OK, but nothing special. It doesn't have the class of the best Leicas.

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phazelag wrote:

I am very interested in the DP2 Quattro and I will always take performance and function over looks and style, but really? I just checked it out on http://camerasize.com/compact/#456,454,534,532,ha,t

and it is quite repulsive to me. Anyone else?

Not me. I like the look of the design.

For me the Df is really ugly. Not that I don't like retro, but the Df just looks like a mess. I like the minimalisti

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phazelag wrote:

I am very interested in the DP2 Quattro and I will always take performance and function over looks and style, but really? I just checked it out on http://camerasize.com/compact/#456,454,534,532,ha,t

and it is quite repulsive to me. Anyone else? It wont stop me from buying it as long as it lives up to what I think it will.

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It's different - might have to get used to the looks, but it isn't ugly!!

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In reply to motomanDK, Feb 13, 2014

Proof will be in the holding and using but to me it looks a beautiful bit of form-following-function modern design. There are plenty of conventional and faux-retro cameras about for those who want them. I rather cherish Sigma (and Ricoh) for their passion to go their own way.

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Personally I don't care what it looks like, as long as the output does what I want! Appearance is more for those who are conscious of what others think about their camera IMHO.

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Paul CampbellCastle wrote:

Proof will be in the holding and using but to me it looks a beautiful bit of form-following-function modern design. There are plenty of conventional and faux-retro cameras about for those who want them. I rather cherish Sigma (and Ricoh) for their passion to go their own way.

I hope that the first impression reviewers have patience and opportunity to play with this design before formulating their opinions.

As I've mention in other thread, the impressions of holding my jig saw piece of wood approximating the shape of dpQ changes from confusion to appreciation and delight with every consecutive grab.

And yes, the design is beautiful if you allow yourself to open your mind.

Richard

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