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All sounds good to me! Sigma is a young Canikon, started selling lenses then cameras.
Once again, I just hope the best for the company since they're the only one concerned with true Image Quality. Producing Medium Format quality images at small resolutions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 12:34 UTC as 55th comment
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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Rytterfalk: Beautiful!

omg, Carl! Welcome back! I thought you left completely. (i'm a small fan yours)

Anwyay, I have seen this vid and wish Sigma the best especially they really have made a great move with dp Quattro.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 10:48 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000 article (102 comments in total)
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jaygeephoto: Although I'm a Canon(pro equipment) guy for the most part; this seems like a better camera than the new G - Especially the fact that it has a built in flash AND a viewfinder. Waiting for the inevitable DP showdown between the latest round of high end compact mirrorless.

Oh no, the Canon just couldn't stand a chance on this one. They better drop the price of that to avoid comparisons to this Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 03:28 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II article (200 comments in total)

Good job Canon. ...a bit late though and too pricey considering the same old sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 49th comment
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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km25: 24MPs is a little high for APS-C, I would rather give up a few MPs for better low light use. The 24MP is fine for the mass market, but I think most serious photographer would rather a better balance, leaving 24MP for FF. I fell as if 16-20MP is best for APS-C in all the noise tests I have seen.

there's little nothing we can do about that...t.here's still plenty of consumers that there is no progress without a jump in MP. As can be taken from the sensor of the Nikon Df, bigger pixels still matter.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 05:25 UTC

I'm just warming with the recently announced Canon G1x II...but seeing this at a price of $800 makes the Canon look like a joke. (even considering equivalence)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:34 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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exdeejjjaaaa: fastest AF ?

"Amongst interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Determined with internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use."

as usual the real kings of mirrorless AF = Nikon 1 and m43 are excluded for marketing purposes :-)

Why not? The size and weight of the lens affects AF speed. I could not find fault in Sony's claims.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:33 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)

I would like love this new camera as a fixed zoom lens MFT, but it has been a while since the G1X came out. If the sensor is essentially the same from the G1X, then the sensor would be inferior compared to a 50% cheaper Olympus E-Pm2.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:23 UTC as 132nd comment


Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 08:17 UTC as 46th comment
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Trollshavethebestcandy: It would be interesting to have a sensor of two layers, quad blue on top and a semi random Fuji like array of red and green underneath. 20 megapixels in both layers. This would reduce the limitation of red issue being under only one layer instead of two. Any thoughts? Am I crazy?

Not possible. The Foveon depends on the penetration of light into silicon to determine colors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
On Nokia rumored to launch Android phone at MWC post (34 comments in total)

In a tech website, Nokia has been known to secretly working on an Android phone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 06:29 UTC as 6th comment
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b craw: My photography is often preceded by deconstructing and reconstructing physical form(s) - I'd say my skill in terms of tactile anticipation is pretty good - yet I don't feel comfortable making an ergonomic evaluation until a camera is in my hands. The definitive judgement of ergonomics some are making here is just bluster. And it also belies that certain ergonomic characteristics are subjective/preference based.

easily, this handles closely as a Sony NEX.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:47 UTC
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Sigma Nick: I can't be the only one who wished Sigma would license this sensor out to other camera makers. I would love to see a Epson R-D2m Digital Rangefinder. Id pay a couple grand for that.

Oh, almost everyone in the Sigma forums wished for that. For now, this new Quattro fixes the problems of the high resolution Merrill generation.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
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noegd: A local shop sells the DP Merrill for 399€ (each, not the three of them) Maybe I should get one before the last "true Foveon" cameras are gone?

Had an original DP1 and loved its IQ (in good light).

in my view, you should not. this is the correct direction for the DP series. The Merrills should have better resolution than this but I don't find them to having the Foveon look.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
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LaFonte: Do I understand that you need to buy three cameras to have three focal lengths?

It is a bargain as the lens will include the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
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Kodachrome200: i always considered a big part of the appeal of these cameras compactness. i dont get the new design its dorky and it makes the camera to large for the category.

It think the Ricoh GR is a gold standard for small cameras design like this. really accessible controls and a comforatable grip and still small and not bizarre looking

I believe the radical external design is a good move to differentiate it from the previous DP cameras and to catch some attention outside from the megapixel spec.

I even reckon that this will inspire other makers to do radical designs as well so that their cameras look fresh every year and not depend on specifications to get sales.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 13:22 UTC

This is a hardcore Sigma camera fixing the problems of the Merrills, mainly the lack of grip, the lack of battery of life, the problems with noise, data transfer speeds, SPP software processing performance, and IMHO, losing the "Foveon Look".

I reckon, this is effectively a 4.9MP Foveon but with a Bayer like resolution (no AA filter) of 20MP.

Personally, this is what the Merrill should have been. I never thought that they would step back a little in the megapixel race to improve ergonomics and usage. I hope the best for Sigma and will buy after my original DP2 stops working (skipping the Merrill).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 13:02 UTC as 186th comment
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LukeDuciel: how is this different than a 4.9Mp X3 sensor?

I fully agree. That's what I just realized minutes ago....and this got me excited. This will probably have the "Foveon look" again (without the strong NR needed for the Merrills and color blotches) with a true resolution of a 4.9MP Foveon sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:24 UTC
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zodiacfml: Earlier, we are debating if this is fake in the forums and here it is, disappointingly.

The sensor design can be found on a previous patent by Sigma wherein the top layer will mainly provide the luminance info.
This patent should allow Sigma lessen the wires needed in the sensor, improve channel information, and consequently, increase pixel count. As a Foveon fan, this isn't Foveon anymore. Though it would provide a lot of resolution for the camera, the IQ/feel of the Sigma cameras would not be as the good/better. No different than a CFA/Bayer filter sensor camera.

I thought the Quattro would meant a quad CPU to handle the data but ironically, the opposite where they had lessen it.

No wonder prices are dropping from DPM cameras, faster than Ricoh's GR.
I guess it's time for me to buy a Merrill. (My original DP2 still works as new with approx. of 30k shutter count)

After posting, I felt a bit wrong above regarding the Foveon IQ. I think this new camera will provide that the same old IQ, only at 4.9 MP and not at 100% crop. We will see. Can't wait.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:20 UTC
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Raist3d: Umm the Sigma press release here seems misleading:

"In the Foveon direct image sensor, there are no color filters, which cause a loss of information transmitted by light. Moreover, there is no low-pass filter needed to correct the interference caused by a color filter array. Finally, unlike the data from other sensors, which requires artificial interpolation to “fill in” missing colors, the data from the Foveon direct image sensor is complete for every single pixel and requires no interpolation. The unique technological principle of this sensor produces consistently outstanding image quality."

Sigma, this is no longer true. You are not capturing full color for every pixel and you do need to interpolate at least for the resolution you cite. I guess in a stretch this is still true even if it's not really.

I think, they still are capturing full color......only at 4.9MP.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:17 UTC
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