sd9 - Foveon Newbie Advice?

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Bisonbison Regular Member • Posts: 177
sd9 - Foveon Newbie Advice?

Hello all,

I've gone and done it. I ordered a used sd9 off ebay. It should get here next week. I've admired the output of sigma cameras for a long time. Lately I've been using Fujifilm's excellent cameras and love the images I've been able to make, but somehow Foveon images looked different in a way I've not been able to replicate. I simply HAD to try a foveon camera myself.

Having got used to mirrorless cameras, I was looking to get either one of the sd Quattros or a dpx M. Then, I revisited some of the older sd9 images. I was blown away at the detail that is captured in some of them. Some prime examples here - While I agree that there are a lot of different factors involved, given the wide variety of subjects and setting (and different users), I think there is definitely some elusive secret sauce in this device and I was keen to try it out for myself. I know at least half the people who read this will be shaking their heads saying here comes another one... , but I hope there are a few who will get what I am talking about.

Now that I have taken the plunge, I come to this forum seeking advice on how to get started using this 15 year old camera system. Here's what I've done so far -

1. Ordered 2GB CF cards (Trascend)

2. Ordered new batteries - both CR123a (Energizer) and CRV3 (Duracell Ultra)

3. Downloaded and am reading the camera manual

To do - figure out how to install and use the SPP software.. Any recommendations on resources here?

What I would really like to learn is workflow and image data capture efficiencies to yield the best images - limit to 100 ISO, but am willing to try 200 and 400 for B&W.

Basically, if under similar conditions, I am able to match the quality of the images on that pbase folder, I will consider this adventure a success. Any advice, tips, helpful blogs, links or books are greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you all and have my fingers crossed that the device itself turns up in a working and usable condition.

p.s. - camera comes with 28-80mm and 70-300mm lenses. What other lenses would you recommend trying on this body to get the most out of it?


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