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Sigma Germany announces SD1 Wood Edition with burl veneer

By dpreview staff on Oct 12, 2011 at 17:57 GMT
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Sigma Germany has announced a wood-veneered version of its SD1 high-end DSLR. The 'Wood Edition' emphasizes the camera's premium appeal by adding a casing made from Amboyna Burl, an expensive and decorative veneer taken from complex growths on a Southeast Asian tree. The case takes around 60 hours to cut, mill and polish. Ten examples of the special edition will be available, body-only, for a recommended selling price of €9,999. (From PhotoScala)

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Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (Oct 12, 2011)

Some pluses:

- makes the base model look almost affordable.
- Perfect for camera buyers who want something biodegradable or organic.
- would look great in a Pontiac Aztek.

Minuses:

- other photographers most likely not laughing with you.
- termites.

18 upvotes
spokelse
By spokelse (Oct 12, 2011)

excellent points:

I would add:
plusses - it will look marvelous on a Louis XIV dresser
minuses- the optional battery drive/vertical shooter is another 5k

is that the Aztek with the wood veneer option? that would rock

and can you imagine having to tent the poor camera for termites?

2 upvotes
rudymnv
By rudymnv (Oct 12, 2011)

this is just plain silly...

1 upvote
Feud
By Feud (Oct 12, 2011)

Just when you thought they couldn't make a bloody stupid idea any more stupid ... truly, truly appalling.

1 upvote
Tanngrisnir3
By Tanngrisnir3 (Oct 12, 2011)

It best seen as a stupidity tax on bad photographers.

6 upvotes
Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Oct 12, 2011)

Put it next to the LEGO-colored Hassies and the toyish looking Pentaxes... OK and the fruity-tuttie Canon Rebels... anything to sell cameras to the masses.

Not very Bauhaus of the Germans.. "let the plastic be true to the nature of plastic," as Mies would say.

don't hold one for me!

1 upvote
Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Oct 12, 2011)

Personally, I think the CEO of Sigma is a few beers short of a six-pack. They would have to pay ME to take one off their hands.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
6 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Oct 12, 2011)

ROFLMAO

1 upvote
Andreas Roca
By Andreas Roca (Oct 12, 2011)

That has to be the most horrible thing I've ever seen...

1 upvote
Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Oct 12, 2011)

I have a wooden spoon that stirs Paprikash with an amazing ability. $500 USD it's 1/1 Extremely Rare Limited Edition. Let me know...

1 upvote
doctorbza
By doctorbza (Oct 12, 2011)

it's hard for me to reconcile what seems to be a lineup of affordable, decent lenses that sigma produces with things like this ridiculous 1990's crown victoria fake-wood dashboard, and that telephoto rocket launcher they produce. uh...

1 upvote
Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (Oct 12, 2011)

I demand that you update the samples gallery to include photos taken with this wood veneer technology.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
8 upvotes
Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Oct 12, 2011)

I'm saving for Swarovski version which should follow soon!

12 upvotes
Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Oct 16, 2011)

Sorry about the joke. What a lie and I fell for it.
I realize now that this is a lie from DPReview because even when they posted the article they knew that Sigma didn't announce this as they tried to get the link and couldn't find it.

RIP DPReview.
You are still the best but with these lies and the iPhone articles more professionals will leave this site and with then the credibility will go away and at some point the hits will decrease and even Apple won't pay for your biased articles.

0 upvotes
BJN
By BJN (Oct 12, 2011)

Put all the lipstick you want on a Sigma and it's still a Sigma. Albeit a very surreal Sigma.

1 upvote
raylob
By raylob (Oct 12, 2011)

Send in the men with white coats! Sigma is delusional!

4 upvotes
nellydesign
By nellydesign (Oct 12, 2011)

Is it April 1st? This is a horrible addition to anything let alone an overpriced camera.

6 upvotes
Antonio Rojilla
By Antonio Rojilla (Oct 12, 2011)

Photography innovation at its finest.

8 upvotes
Tom Goodman
By Tom Goodman (Oct 12, 2011)

Only ten? Why I know at least eleven photographers who would buy it immediately.

0 upvotes
nico1974
By nico1974 (Oct 12, 2011)

made me laugh how tasteless and tacky

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
1 upvote
J. Qian
By J. Qian (Oct 12, 2011)

What a clumsy combination!

1 upvote
Ben Tomohiku
By Ben Tomohiku (Oct 12, 2011)

customers need the cheaper price!

0 upvotes
therickman
By therickman (Oct 12, 2011)

That might just be the ugliest thing I've ever seen.

9 upvotes
WT21
By WT21 (Oct 12, 2011)

What do you think the resale value of one of those is ONE MINUTE after buying it? Down 20%? 30%?

0 upvotes
Central Fla
By Central Fla (Oct 12, 2011)

Struggling for camera sales heh !!

0 upvotes
WT21
By WT21 (Oct 12, 2011)

The "Occupy Sigma" group will be joining the "Occupy Leica" group shortly.

1 upvote
snake_b
By snake_b (Oct 12, 2011)

Jumped the shark.

1 upvote
DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Oct 12, 2011)

No doubt this will make me a much better photographer and increase my sales. Bless you, Sigma!

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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jamesfrmphilly
By jamesfrmphilly (Oct 12, 2011)

somebody at sigma has very poor judgement……...

4 upvotes
Lea5
By Lea5 (Oct 12, 2011)

Volldeppen! Typisch deutsch. Was juckt uns der Regenwald. Die Reichen freut so ein Mist! Da haben die Leute bei Sigma nicht für eine Minute lang nachgedacht!

0 upvotes
Managarm
By Managarm (Oct 12, 2011)

Welcher Regenwald?

Pterocarpus spp. kommt aus Südostasien und ist dort weit verbreitet. Diese knollenartigen Deformationen (=burl) kommen sehr selten vor, das ist der einzige Grund warums so teuer ist.

Nicht gleich in Panik verfallen, nur weil Holz an der Kamera klebt...

1 upvote
spencerda
By spencerda (Oct 12, 2011)

Someone at Sigma is soon going to be saying "Opps"

0 upvotes
abolit
By abolit (Oct 12, 2011)

The human stupidity does not know any limits :)

6 upvotes
Bexter
By Bexter (Oct 12, 2011)

Do we really need to cut down the rainforest for this?

9 upvotes
Managarm
By Managarm (Oct 12, 2011)

This wood comes from a common tree in southeast asia: Pterocarpus spp.
It's only that expensive because these burls (=deformation of the tree) occur so rarely.

No cutting down of the rainforest. Gather some information before writing such nonsense.

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Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Oct 12, 2011)

How about this: do we really need to cut down ANY trees for this?

5 upvotes
Managarm
By Managarm (Oct 12, 2011)

Why not as long as it's being done in a sensible way? Trees are regrowing ressources - it doesn't get better than that sort of raw material. Cut one down, plant two new ones.

But I guess the plural is not necessary. A single tree should easily deliver the needed material for supplying the demand for that special SD1 for all eternity...

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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Cipher
By Cipher (Oct 12, 2011)

9,999 Euro = $14K Canadian? Are they out of their minds? I'd really like to see a Hello Kitty edition!!!!!

6 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Oct 12, 2011)

Seriously one of the worst camera ideas I've ever seen. Maybe a few rich oil sheiks without taste will buy them.
Try again with a leather wrap.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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MonkRX
By MonkRX (Oct 12, 2011)

The wood looks excellent. But it looks like crap on the camera. Its clearly just tacked on.

2 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Oct 12, 2011)

It's interesting that this special edition is only $300 more than the original's MSRP, usually (M9 Titanium for example) special editions are considerably more expensive

0 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Oct 12, 2011)

Actually, the SD1's MSRP is £6,199.99, or €7,075.97 (http://www.dpreview.com/news/1105/11052010sigmasd1.asp). Quite the difference from €9,999.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Oct 13, 2011)

Well Richard, I shot with an SD1 for two days up in Vermont in July and really liked it. I look forward to reading your review of the SD1.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Oct 13, 2011)

Oh yes you're right, mis-read that as $9,999

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Pierre Couture
By Pierre Couture (Oct 12, 2011)

??? I appreciate fine wood as much as the next guy, but on a camera body? Sheesssshhhhhhh

1 upvote
Scottelly
By Scottelly (Oct 28, 2011)

All cameras were wood at one time. Maybe wood is making a come-back! lol

0 upvotes
Jon Lewis
By Jon Lewis (Oct 12, 2011)

As Steve Jobs said what a loverly cake pity you've iced it with dog s**t

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Doug Frost
By Doug Frost (Oct 12, 2011)

In this case you'd have to say that the dog s**t is on the inside.

1 upvote
Scottelly
By Scottelly (Oct 28, 2011)

Doug, whay makes you say the dog s**t is on the inside? Is it the fact that the SD1 outperforms the top-of-the-line Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras for image quality at the most-used ISO ranges? Is it the fact that the SD1 shoots at the same frame rate, produces a better dynamic range, and costs less than the top-of-the-line Nikon and Canon cameras, all while having the advantages of a 1.5 crop sensor? Please . . . do tell.

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RoelHendrickx
By RoelHendrickx (Oct 12, 2011)

That just looks tacky and I bet it doesn't feel nice to hold.
And the worst part are the buttons: how do you access those?
It's an expensive paperweight.
I thought only Leica made those (the Neiman Marcus editions for instance).

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Oct 12, 2011)

But Neiman Marcus edition is usable, and that titanium M9 too. This isnt..

0 upvotes
Scottelly
By Scottelly (Oct 28, 2011)

Other than the obvious lack of being able to access the memory card slot, which is what makes this look like a hoax, what makes this "burl wood" edition unusable Mesclamba?

0 upvotes
happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Oct 12, 2011)

HAhahahaaaaa

WTF

...well worth the 10000 Euro. Forget the IQ, this thing looks like the family Truckster on Vacation.

4 upvotes
huyzer
By huyzer (Oct 12, 2011)

At least there won't be peeling rubber like I have on my Nikon and S5 Pro body.

1 upvote
fucile
By fucile (Oct 12, 2011)

Just what I was looking for. A wooden condom for my DSLR.

9 upvotes
alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Oct 12, 2011)

All joking aside, the woodworking looks great. Not sure why they did this, but I appreciate the work of the craftsmen/women who made the veneer.

1 upvote
Klay
By Klay (Oct 12, 2011)

New line of "Executive SLRs"?

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Paulo Cunha Martins
By Paulo Cunha Martins (Oct 12, 2011)

Another crime against Nature in the name of bad taste and insane marketing manouvers. Shame on you Sigma

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WalterPaisley
By WalterPaisley (Oct 12, 2011)

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.........

How insanely fatuous.

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alfredo_tomato
By alfredo_tomato (Oct 12, 2011)

Termites?

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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tedbare
By tedbare (Oct 12, 2011)

Cool idea, wrong body, wrong wood.

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jkrumm
By jkrumm (Oct 12, 2011)

Does it float? Perhaps it's a very expensive life-jacket.

1 upvote
zorgon
By zorgon (Oct 12, 2011)

I want one for pure comedy value

8 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Oct 12, 2011)

Wow.

So ugly I thought this was a joke.

It looks like the cheap body armor they sell for cameras. Bad fitting cheap body armor.

1 upvote
alan49
By alan49 (Oct 12, 2011)

yuck

if its april fool they are either late or very early

Comment edited 50 seconds after posting
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SF Photo Gal
By SF Photo Gal (Oct 12, 2011)

Seriously??!!

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