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Sigma announces details of support program for full-price SD1 buyers

By dpreview staff on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:04 GMT

Sigma has announced details of the promised support scheme for customers who bought the company's SD1 DSLR prior to the price cut. Buyers of the SD1 at the original price of $6,899 can claim 40 'points' that can be redeemed against other Sigma products. The points are worth up to around ¥400,000 (roughly $4800) when used against Sigma products at their MSRP on the day the SD1 price cut was announced. Customers have until May 31st to register for the offer.

The offer is valid irrespective of where the camera was bought. SD1 Merrill buyers are not eligible for the program.

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Total comments: 82
bbjorkum
By bbjorkum (Mar 15, 2012)

I don't think Sigma's own DSLR-lenses are capable of yielding good images on the SD1. Almost every image I have seen from the SD1 have been soft and blurry in the corners. I think the DP1 and DP2 Merill cameras will be a completely different story. My DP2 is razor sharp all over.

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WordsOfFarewell
By WordsOfFarewell (Mar 13, 2012)

Now that is what I call extensive customer support. Shows that Sigma does indeed care for people that buy their products. Some other companies should really take Sigma as an exmaple consideriung such issues.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 12, 2012)

you guys are daft to sink a bunch of money into sigma lenses. they could stop this experiment in a 3rd part lens producer building cameras any day and you will never get an upgraded body again

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toughluck
By toughluck (Mar 14, 2012)

Look up Sigma SA-300, SA-5, SA-7 and SA-9. It's not like the Sigma CEO woke up one day and thought: "Hey, let's make a DSLR!"

They seem to be doing quite well for themselves, and it also seems that when they decided to make SD-9, they made a conscious decision to choose a unique sensor rather than the commonly used Sony ICX413AQ or anything else.

They seem to be doing well enough to have been able to buy Foveon, after all.

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Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 12, 2012)

Just bought a D3s second hand in top shape for just €900. How does that compare to a almost six times more expensive Sigma? Even if the latter is brand new (27.000 shuttercounts on a D3s is nothing).

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mikeber
By mikeber (Mar 12, 2012)

I got a used Canon EOS-1 Ds from my uncle for free! How does that compare to your Nikon???
Such comparisons do not hold water. Sigma management apparently made a serious blunder. However, the SD1 is what it is and if you want that specific sensor you will pay the price.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Mar 12, 2012)

Any rebates on the D3X?

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Mar 12, 2012)

Dang it!!
Can Sigma go back to the original price for a day so I can buy one and get the $4,800 worth of more Sigma stuff?

I guess not. Too late for me. I'll just have to go to a corner and pout.

OK, seriously, I think it is an unusual kind of support to the customer. Thumbs up to such an initiative.

I agree that a lens adapter would be a great idea. Many people already have the expensive Canon or Nikon lenses (and a dozen people or less have Leica's, j/k).

Good job, Sigma. Now go make the adapter & watch the SD1 sales graph shooting up rapidly!!

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 12, 2012)

given sigma's msrps this is more like 2500 bucks

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Mar 12, 2012)

It's not technically possible to create an adapter for Canon (same flange distance) unless it also contained a teleconverter, Other DSLRs may be possible but the adapter would be extremely thin and be manual operation only.

FYI the Sigma mount is actually physically identical to the Canon EF mount, but uses a different electronic protocol so isn't compatible.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Mar 13, 2012)

@Andy: You got it the wrong way around. The Mount is similar to Pentax K, the Protocol is the Canon EOS protocol...

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Mar 11, 2012)

I still think the dumbest move they made was not releasing this camera with the option of Nikon or Canon mounts.

Many more people might have considered it if they had been able to do so without needing to buy Sigma lenses just to put on it - and the Nikon and Canon glass would usually outperform the Sigma glass so the results might have been even better.

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bbjorkum
By bbjorkum (Mar 11, 2012)

I couldn't agree more. If it came with an optional Nikon or Leica R-mount, I would have bought it instantly.

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toughluck
By toughluck (Mar 11, 2012)

Leica R? You really think the five users of that system would buy a reduced frame Sigma?

I agree about Nikon and Canon mounts, though. Heck, it would be great if Sigma made a slightly shorter flange distance mount and supplied adapters for any lens (or sold them as accessories).

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taktak91
By taktak91 (Mar 13, 2012)

I doubt that Nikon and Canon would allow Sigma to take such a move. F-mounts and EF-mounts aren't 'open' systems.

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toughluck
By toughluck (Mar 13, 2012)

They're not open systems, yet Sigma freely makes lenses compatible with them.

BTW, remember Kodak DSLR/c? That one wasn't made by Canon or in any collaboration with them.

There's nothing preventing Sigma from making cameras like these, it just depends on market acceptance.

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toughluck
By toughluck (Mar 11, 2012)

R&D for the new sensor is a sunk cost, but manufacturing costs do affect the final price. SD1 had to have razor-thin margins. It now finally makes sense.
Sigma sells thousands, not millions, of cameras. Note that they didn't make 15 megapixel versions of DP1 or DP2 until now -- they wouldn't sell at all.
Time passed, development went on, and now Sigma is finally able to sell SD1 at sensible prices.
Arguing for lower price of the original SD1 is simply daft. Especially if by a factor of ten. Maybe that's what it's worth to the mass market. But lowering the price would cause them to lose thousands on every camera sold, and if more people bought them, the sooner would Sigma go under.
Sigma released the original SD1 as a matter of pride and ongoing support to those few photographers that have already heavily invested in Sigma gear.
In that way, SD1 has fulfilled its role and I for one applaud Sigma for releasing it, more so now that they really show their support to long-time Sigma users.

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Boxbrownie
By Boxbrownie (Mar 11, 2012)

Sigma have to be applauded for this offer, it is a genuine gesture of good faith to their customers......it is a pity more companies do not show the same level of commitment to their customers.

8 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (Mar 11, 2012)

They can afford to do this because...frankly, very few bought the body at $10k or $6.9k.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 11, 2012)

Unusual of any major brand name manufacturer to do this, but at least it is a welcome gesture to those who purchased in good faith.

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NikonScavenger
By NikonScavenger (Mar 11, 2012)

It needs a canon mount so you can seamlessly use the much better L lenses with this excellent sensor. Sigma already uses a modified canon architecture for their firmware, I doubt that it'd be hard to get EF lenses to talk to it.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Mar 11, 2012)

I had the opportunity to shoot with an SD1 for a month on loan. I shoot with a Canon 5D MK II and am very happy with it. However as a result of my experience with the SD1---I'm going to purchase one. Here is one of the images I shot with the SD1. http://www.pbase.com/garydmercer/image/141835496. It is one of many test shot images I posted from the SD1. It performed wonderfully with a prime 50mm prime lens. I love the build and the camera has one of the quietest silkiest shutters I've ever experienced in a DSLR.
The SD1 is a success and the price drop was a good move by Sigma in addition to the support program for buyers who paid the higher price. Smart move Sigma!

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bbjorkum
By bbjorkum (Mar 11, 2012)

Gary, all your SD1-images are only sharp in the center. The corners are all soft and out of focus and full of CA. Why is that? I suspect Sigma lenses are not able to do the SD1's sensor justice. Have you tried Leica R-lenses via an adapter?

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map1273
By map1273 (Mar 11, 2012)

I think its great that they are doing that. Nikon and Canon wouldn't have done that, They would have just said too bad so sad. I could easily find $4800 dollars worth of Sigma products to use it on.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Mar 10, 2012)

Who is running this company, Moe, Larry, or Curly?

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Mar 11, 2012)

I think it's Curly.
...so it was a "lets see who is dumb enough to buy it at this price" campaign.
Curly: 1 Customers: 0

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma is never going to be a success.

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map1273
By map1273 (Mar 11, 2012)

Sigma has been around since 1961, I'd hardly say they are not a success.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Mar 11, 2012)

Sigma is the largest privately owned third party lens manufacturer in the world. They sell over 40 different lenses including two DSLR cameras. Sounds successful to me.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 11, 2012)

What I meant was Sigma SD1 is never going to be a success because the company screwed up everything from the start with the ridiculous high price. In the mean time things have evolved a lot with so many new and professional options at a sane price.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Mar 10, 2012)

This is way too late. Other new FF cameras, real FF cameras, are here. What was Sigma thinking when they released a camera at that price in the first place. and what is it thinking now? I don't know how much they researched market conditions, the economic climate, and photographers' needs and affordability. I am sure of just one thing, what it thinks of photographers' intelligence.

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Tech Talk Tony
By Tech Talk Tony (Mar 10, 2012)

Given that the brand loyalists were the ones buying at the highest price it is a stand up move by Sigma--and nececessary one so as to not alienate these people. No move by Sigma is going to make everyone happy or feel 'whole' for the price drop, however, it is done. For me, I am interested in the new use of the sensor in the compact camera...but I will be wary of the price at release.

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gohunter
By gohunter (Mar 10, 2012)

I think Sigma should do the really honest thing and refund the money they ripped off people IN CASH. None of this "as long as you buy more of our products" rubbish! This is dispicable. My opinion of Sigma has just hit rock bottom.

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Walter A23
By Walter A23 (Mar 11, 2012)

Those who purchased the camera at the original price were aware of what they were buying and of what the features were, and decided it was worth it. All electronics devalue, and a rapid price drop like this seems extreme, but is really no different. Getting a bonus of $4800 worth of lenses, accessories, cameras, whatever, is a pretty good deal for someone who bought this camera because they were satisfied with what they were getting at the original price.

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the great fiction
By the great fiction (Mar 11, 2012)

If the people who bought the SD1 at the original price wanted their dollars more than that camera, then they would have kept them and not bought the camera. I don't think Sigma owes them anything, but since people will "feel" ripped off by it, it makes sense for them to offer something.

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Mar 10, 2012)

I think it's commendable that Sigma does this.
You now have credit towards more Simga products and as a SD owner it has true value......very good move on Sigmas part overall.
A ff Foveon would truly be impressive and I'm sure it's being considered.....good luck to Simga.

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Mathias Japri
By Mathias Japri (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma, did you forget to do market research? If yes, we are telling you we need an affordable FF.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 10, 2012)

Im impressed by Sigma. Thats new..

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Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma, try tu put on the market a affordable FF, and maybe you win the race at a affordable FF camera.Canon and Nikon have pretty nose prancing to take this step. Anyway, who buy a Sigma SD1 at this price tag of $6,899, when Nikon put a D4 for 6k, and a D800 for 3k, and Canon with 3.3k?

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bobk
By bobk (Mar 10, 2012)

I'm sure both buyers will be very pleased.

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Frank C.
By Frank C. (Mar 10, 2012)

totally embarrassing for Sigma imo, those SD1s must be in a warehouse collecting layers of dust for them to slash prices like this, the original price was beyond wacko and so is this price cut totally beyond wacko again

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 10, 2012)

nope. companies large enough as Sigma knows what they're doing such as setting a ridiculous price. the original price and price cut is going according to plan.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma is not large and as for the price, they simply could not miss by this much and have had some elaborate, clever plan. They goofed, plain and simple. They are also hobbled by their name (reputation) which, fairly or unfairly is not the best.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 11, 2012)

no way they knew. the price drop is because they werent selling. and they are not selling because the sensor is to small. a dx sensor at this price point is fu-cking nuts

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (Mar 10, 2012)

I wonder how many people actually bought the camera at its original price. I reckon not too many, because sales were so bad that they had to slash the price. The Foveon sensor is simply too small to be competitive. This camera has the biggest sensor Sigma has ever put in a DSLR, but it is still too small at 1.5x crop. Perhaps Sigma should explore the idea of a full frame Bayer sensor instead of sticking with the Foveon only strategy.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 10, 2012)

Yes, it is the biggest sensor Sigma ever had. You're probably right, Foveon sensor weakness is ISO performance. To be competitive to what Sony produces now and the future, Sigma really need FF sensor size to increase pixel sensitivity.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Mar 10, 2012)

Amazing.

A camera company fixes a problem, really fixes a problem, and many people bad mouth Sigma.

This will help all of us because now Sigma set a precedent.

Thank you Sigma.

7 upvotes
snake_b
By snake_b (Mar 10, 2012)

Does this cam run out at ISO 200 also?

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 10, 2012)

Congratulation early adopters. You now have a the possibility to get some quality glass and one more SD1 for free. And congratulations Sigma for a wise move.

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BBnose
By BBnose (Mar 10, 2012)

i admire foveon cos' which reproduce the colour pretty much like slide photo. i'm using leica m6, dp1 and dp2, i don't have any nikon and canon lenses, so i'm considering to buy this new sd1 while it's now drop to a reasonable price.

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Forever Young
By Forever Young (Mar 10, 2012)

This camera has been discontinued...? Surely was not a huge success...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/736546-REG/Sigma_SD1_Digital_SLR_Camera.html

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Klarno
By Klarno (Mar 10, 2012)

It's being replaced by the same camera with a different name without the stupid price: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/846208-REG/Sigma_C26900_SD1_Merrill_Digital_SLR.html

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Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 10, 2012)

What's so special about Sigma anyway?

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 10, 2012)

The special about Sigma is that they use Foveon sensors. The special about Foveon sensor is that they have full resolution for chrominance.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 10, 2012)

Simply put.

You dont need Bayer interpolation, you dont need AA filter. You just need freakishly good lens. :D

And some color profiling would help.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma's following HP path: no buyers - offer a deep discount, still no buyers - start a fire sale and liquidate the stock. Next announcement will be $1000 per body.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (Mar 12, 2012)

Sigma sd14 was like 2500 camera and I bought it new at $350 on one of those fire sales. Still pretty lousy camera.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Mar 10, 2012)

$120 per point.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 10, 2012)

Except Sigma MSRP prices are the worst! Its worth more like $2500 street dollars.

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (Mar 10, 2012)

I guess nobody bought it at $6900 price, that's why they did it.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 10, 2012)

Some actually did. But your point is still valid - it was probably not many. So - this gesture costs less than its value for the company. It was a clever move. ---- You also have to understand that those that bought the cameras at full price was die hard fans and probably personally knows some at Sigma. Not giving this refund would maybe hav lost some faithful friends.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (Mar 10, 2012)

Good move by Sigma. They are putting their money where their mouth is. A lot of other companies should do this. As to who would buy this camera for $7000 well depends on what you wanted. Some people buy cameras for a specific output not a gazilion FPS and MP and being able to say β€˜Me to.”

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jamesfrmphilly
By jamesfrmphilly (Mar 10, 2012)

ok, somebody find out how many SD1 were sold!

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (Mar 10, 2012)

Both people who bought at MSRP will receive a discount and a memorial plaque.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 10, 2012)

Thats a sensitive question. Some bought it a full price, but some probably got it at reduced price or even for free. And, for some reason, people are so silly that this fact matters. So - it is very hard to find out who really bought it. Several people that have an SD1 has fled the Sigma SLR forum. No posts and no images. Its a pity really. I wish the world was different.

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SUPERHOKIE
By SUPERHOKIE (Mar 10, 2012)

who would buy a SD1 for $7000???? bunch of morons.

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Mark Alan Thomas
By Mark Alan Thomas (Mar 10, 2012)

The value of a dollar is relative to the number of dollars you have, so to some people $7,000 is like a cup of coffee. If you're rich, paying $7,000 for a unique piece of technology doesn't make you a moron. On the other hand, if you mortgaged your house to get an SD1, yes β€” you may be a moron.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Mar 10, 2012)

If one wants photos to have that look and gets paid for that look.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 10, 2012)

Whoever wanted it more than $7000. There might be several reasons. Who are we to call people morons because they do what we would not do?

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 10, 2012)

Good photographer needs just few weddings/portrait/studio sessions to get that amount of money.

Its not affordable for lower end of market, but then its not intended for that end.

There are ppl with S2 and they have that cause their work can pay it. Same goes with Phase One backs etc.

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Tommot1965
By Tommot1965 (Mar 10, 2012)

nah superhokie was right,,if anyone bought it for the RRP..they were morons

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kevin camera
By kevin camera (Mar 10, 2012)

that's really good. i thought you would only be able to buy a couple of sigma pens and coffee cups with 40 points.

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Aaron MC
By Aaron MC (Mar 10, 2012)

I'd imagine that this announcement is primarily PR fodder to show how much of a good company that they are.

The total loss from this is going to be quite minimal since, I'm sure, almost no one bought the camera at its original price.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Mar 10, 2012)

you will be surprised by the number of people who actually did buy SD1 at its original price.

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Khizer
By Khizer (Mar 10, 2012)

I was actually surprised ot see the image qualtiy of samples at http://www.sigma-sd.com/SD1/sample-photo/index.html

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (Mar 10, 2012)

@ Khizer, thanks for posting that link for SD1 sample images. WOW! the details is incredible and it's in MF territory.

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LichtFan
By LichtFan (Mar 10, 2012)

You better have a look at MF samples. The Sigma is nowhere near those levels of detail. Just wishful thinking.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 10, 2012)

Sigma is actually better. MF backs are using regular Bayer, which means colors cant be that good and per-pixel sharpness neither.

And then theres problem with what you can do with MF back and what you cant. What Sigma and MF backs share is dependancy on really good lens.

There it ends, cause with MF backs you will constantly fight with focusing and you need to have sensor perfectly in plane of focus. Which leads to some really special solutions - like ALPA products to achieve desired results. MF photography is not easy, quite opposite of it, its much harder than using full-frames or APS-C dSLRs.

SD-1 in theory is much easier to handle, and you probably just need to have good enough lens. Sensor is smaller and hopefully calibrated to be in plane of focus (should be much easier cause of size). You can take it anywhere and shoot just from hand without need of tripod.

Only thing you wont get with Sigma is MF look, cause sensor is small. But I think its worth it.

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (Mar 10, 2012)

@Mescalamba
great points and just to add a bit, the cost of the SD1 is now in the affordable area compared even to the cheapest MF.The lenses for the SD1 are way cheaper than anything from the MF cameras so the Sigma really represents great value for those who want image quality that is close to MF quality without breaking the bank

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Mar 11, 2012)

Yea price/image quality ratio will be probably main selling point, only "bad" thing is that SD1 shares same weaknes as most MF back, which is pretty bad high ISO capability.

But maybe it wont be that bad, cause if they are capable of producing more SD1s at lower price, then they probably improved process which might end in real SD-1 being better than those samples.

Tho it wont change that tiny fact, that it will be mostly base ISO and manual focus camera, cause Sigma lens simply cant handle this, unless they will release some SD1 ready lens..

Still very tempting camera as I like to shoot landscapes..

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Mar 11, 2012)

no this makes them look like fools in alot of ways. they did this to quell the anger of there most ardent followers who bought one

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mrjamesabels
By mrjamesabels (Mar 10, 2012)

That sounds pretty good for their customers and their business. Not bad.

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