So I'm thinking about entering the Sigma system...

Started Apr 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
curiouspeter New Member • Posts: 23
Re: So I'm thinking about entering the Sigma system...

Tryglaw wrote:

So I'm thinking about entering the Sigma system, and I hope maybe the good people here could help me out with a few doubts and questions...

1. SD15 with kit lens can be had on ebay from Germany for under 400 Euro, which is a bargain. But - does anyone here have any personal experience with sellers offering these? Who's good, whom to avoid? What about warranty and refunds / sending back?  (Never bought anything from ebay before).

2. Assuming the setup has FF/BF issues, in your experience - is it better to send back and change, or have it adjusted by Sigma service?

3. I'd like to learn to use a flash rather then depend on TTL automatic, could anyone recommend a manual flash for the purpose? Yongnuo flashes seem to be all the rage recently, esp. for strobist photography (might want to take a shot at that).

4. Spare batteries - any good recommendations? Off-brand or stay with the originals?

5. Sigma lenses, where do you buy yours (esp. to fellow Europeans)? Very few places seem to carry a choice, so I'm resigned to online shopping, and after the kit I'll be aiming for a 50mm f/1.4, and we shall see how much will Sigma charge for that nifty new 18-35 f/1.8 (if too much, I'm thinking 30mm f/1.4 for starters).

6. Split prism focusing screen - are they available for Sigma? (Been thinking about manual lenses via M42 adapter...)

So anyway, to everyone who'd bother to spare a few moments for me, thank you in advance for your input.

Not to discourage you... my favorite DSLR lens is the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 on my Pentax K-7 and I am going to order a DP2M this week. I consider myself a Sigma fan.

Since you mentioned the 18-35 f/1.8 and the 30 f/1.4, I assume you may be interested in low-light photography? However, current Bayer sensors tend to perform better with high ISO.

I do not fully know your situation, but one can be better served with multiple cameras. Would you consider getting a Nikon/Canon to use the Sigma glass? And then perhaps a DP2x/DP2m for the amazing files a Foveon sensor can produce?

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