My review of the Sigma SD Quattro - Its special

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My review of the Sigma SD Quattro - Its special
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This is a modern mirrorless camera with an APS-C sized sensor. But its also so much more than that.
This camera is truly unique. And without breaking the bank.

Build is very solid and a unique design.

It seems to me that you either ”get” the whole Foveon sensor thing or you don’t.
If you don’t like them or have any interest in them a review won’t change your mind.
So happy trails to you..

The people that love them and maybe already have a Foveon camera, you won’t need a review either.
You are already on the dark side and can’t return.

And if you are undecided I urge you not to spend a lot of money on your first Foveon camera.
The older models, specially the DSLRs are dirt cheap. So start there.
Or at least do plenty of research first.

The group I however can recommend this camera to straight away, is film shooters.
If you are just like me. Experiment with 35mm, Medium Format, Polaroid, Pack Film, Large Format, or what have you. If you love colors and tonality in B&W. If you sometimes like to take it slow.
Then this camera might be for you.

My old vintage flash works great on the SD.

I have made a video review with more thoughts and plenty of image samples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9EdizwhcbU

But here is a sum up:

Pros:

  • Image Qualiy
    Sharp, detailed and gorgeous colors.
  • Build
    This is a tank.. scratch that, aircraft carrier.. no star destroyer.
  • Grip
    Very comfortable and chunky.
  • Prize
    The 30mm f1.4 combo is very affordable.
  • Colors
    Did I mention the colors.
  • Lens life
    You can use the lenses on Sony with an electronic adapter and don't have to lock them to one system.

Cons:

  • Speed
    There is none.
  • Lowlight
    There is none. Like I said in my DP1 review. You can take pictures in the dark. But it will stay fairly dark.
  • EVF
    It works for composition but is very low res.
  • SD Slot
    There is only one, would have loved two.

Samples

One of my all time favorite pictures of Gunpowder.

We can argue about AF speed until the cows come home. Bud man those colors...

Mega boring test shot.

Crop of mega boring test shot.

Sigma sd Quattro
29 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Feb 23, 2016
Lobbamobba's score
4.0
Average community score
4.7
bad for good for
Kids / pets
good
Action / sports
acceptable
Landscapes / scenery
excellent
Portraits
great
Low light (without flash)
bad
Flash photography (social)
acceptable
Studio / still life
excellent
= community average
Sigma DP1 Sigma sd Quattro
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