Sigma SD9

Announced Feb 11, 2002 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | APS-C sensor
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I saw some photos taken by this camera on Pbase way back when they were launched, and I immediately noticed the difference in the rendering which reminded me of "film-like" results. There was just something special to the images which is hard to put into words. Being a bit unconventional, I also liked the Foveon sensor concept and bought myself a body. I did not have money for any Sigma lenses and started off with two M42 lenses - a Pentacon Electric 50mm F1.8 and a Pentax Takumar 55mm F1.8. ...

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I saw some photos taken by this camera on Pbase way back when they were launched, and I immediately noticed the difference in the rendering which reminded me of "film-like" results. There was just something special to the images which is hard to put into words. Being a bit unconventional, I also liked the Foveon sensor concept and bought myself a body. I did not have money for any Sigma lenses and started off with two M42 lenses - a Pentacon Electric 50mm F1.8 and a Pentax Takumar 55mm F1.8. ...

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Ringwraith69
 
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The SD9 was my first encounter with Foveon-based cameras, and it got me hooked! Even today, the image quality of the SD9 is stunningly good íf you use the camera in apropriate conditions, with good light and without the need for using high ISO values. As for the body itself: well built, very easy to use and without useless functions that detract from the real art of photography. Problems: The most serious issue that plagued the SD9 was the unreliability of the dual-battery system. You could ...

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SouthernCharm
 
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60% of the images that come from this camera are unnatural and unusable. If you pay over $200 for this camera, consider yourself an amateur, who's getting ripped off. On the flip side, I hear the sd14 is quite acceptable.

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TinMan_SD9
 
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I purchased this camera from Willoughby's Camera on Ebay for $800 in 12/2003 and I have shot about 5500+ shots. This was my first camera of any type so I was and still am a real beginner even after 5500+ with my SD9. It's not the camera fault that I'm still a beginner cause I seldom use it except for family photo. If I don't have my SD9 or a 35mm film camera, I won't even bother shooting even if it was a moment of lifetime because all other bayer cameras are just interpolated trash no ...

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miketuthill
 
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Even as late as 2006 this camera's images amaze and illustrate the ludicrousness of using pixel counts as a measure of a cameras ability to produce good film like images. One of these can be found used on eBay for less than more limiting digicams. It's a shame that the X3 sensor hasn't found it's way into more mainstream manufacturers gear as Sigma just doesn't seem to be able to make an impression of the mainstream photo press reviewers who understandably don't bite the hands that feed them ...

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Zone8
 
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Have been using for over 3 years with 24-70EX and 15-30EX Sigma zooms plus M42 screw lenses, with M42 adapter. Includes Lydith preset 30mm f3.5 (excellent) and old Tamron 85-210 zoom with Adaptall mount for bayonet Pentax - fits perfectl;y and gives high quality too. The more I use this camera, the more knocked-out I am at its film-like high quality definition and tonal gradation. I use for my B+W prints, to average 13"x19", which I happily display alongside my 5x4 film camera B+W prints. I ...

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mtheknife
 
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The Foveon sensor takes in a staggering amount of detail, and everything about this camera feels substantial. After 2+ years of using it, I have the same lament about the auto-focus that it seems many have expressed, but find that it is generally on par with the few other DSLRs I've used. That it set me back less than $1200 with a good 30-70 f2.8 lens is, I think, unbeatable. When the time comes, I would happily opt for an SD10 Problems: This camera is a power pig, so supplemental power is ...

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mountainrivera
 
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I have used Canons for the last few years and have never been 100% satisfied with the output. Cameras used include the 10, d60 and 1D. So far I have to say the sigma's sharp pics are really to my likiing, more so than he Canon's I used (1D owners would probably flame me if they could on that one). I really like the camera so far. Coming from Canon the sigma's non-metal body may throw you at first but it is solid. Minor nits so far include: eyepiece comes off too easily, the included hard ...

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Burley
 
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Good set up except button's are easy to flip on right finger tip's no lock up on those. Problems: Generally speaking problem's many on dark color's like red green black resolution's is to low have had to shadow every thing dark pixel's break apart on dark color's shouldn't have to go in and fix .

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