SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)

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petr marek Regular Member • Posts: 179
SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)
commiebiker Senior Member • Posts: 1,410
Re: SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)

petr marek wrote:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52010240@N06/5870115301/sizes/o/in/photostream/

My opinion:

smooth color surface patterns/noise splashes (like 8-bit tonal transitions!), unsecure colors, contrast edges disaster, insufficient lenses (chromatic aberation, soft...)

Wow, the edge of of the cliff to the right is really nasty, along with the rope on the flagpole...probably more the lens than the sensor?

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mike earussi Veteran Member • Posts: 5,832
Re: SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)

The better the sensor the more demand it puts on the lens. Only Sigma's macros are probably good enough right now.

Laurence Matson
Laurence Matson Forum Pro • Posts: 11,600
Re: SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)

I did not waste my time digging out the exif on these things, but I know the first one was taken with an alpha camera using firmware 0.57. AFAIK, that image should not have been posted. If you are really keen on dissing Sigma, I could probably figure out when all of these were taken. I suspect all of Shinzo's come from that camera.

petr marek wrote:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinzofukui/5817478021/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52010240@N06/5870049831/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52010240@N06/5870115301/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52010240@N06/5864829301/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ka_tate/5848262419/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ka_tate/5848261007/sizes/o/in/photostream/

My opinion:

smooth color surface patterns/noise splashes (like 8-bit tonal transitions!), unsecure colors, contrast edges disaster, insufficient lenses (chromatic aberation, soft...)

Than compare with competition high ISO performance, speed and processing, price...
I wouldn´t buy it.

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calxn Contributing Member • Posts: 806
Sigma's silence is a PR nightmare of their own making

I would think Sigma would do everything they can to show the world the camera is worth the high price. Instead, they have silenced up and let the very, very poor early photos speak for them. I have no issue with the price if the IQ can justify it. It's strange that they're not defending their product with proof.

I see a lot of nasty color blotches and banding in the skies. I see a lot of smearing in the trees. These are very disappointing samples.

TRIODEROB Senior Member • Posts: 1,718
Re: Sigma's silence is a PR nightmare of their own making

dont you have to live with a camera for awhile to get to know it and get the most out of it ?

didnt ansel adams spend years getting to know his view camera before he felt that his work was of merit ?

cant it be that Sigma is having huge supply problems now and really dont want or cant sell many sd1 ones at this time because of the earthquake ?

after all - there are big news stories now that people cant buy the car models they want because of the quake.

there sure is alot of BS on this forum

Great Bustard Forum Pro • Posts: 33,754
Bingo!

calxn wrote:

I would think Sigma would do everything they can to show the world the camera is worth the high price. Instead, they have silenced up and let the very, very poor early photos speak for them. I have no issue with the price if the IQ can justify it. It's strange that they're not defending their product with proof.

I see a lot of nasty color blotches and banding in the skies. I see a lot of smearing in the trees. These are very disappointing samples.

It's not just Sigma -- other camera companies have put out lame pics from their new product that were far from representative of the capability of the equipment. I can't for the life of me understand why they do it.

Anyway, you can find crap pics from any system. I'd wait until a competent photographer put out the goods before making any kind of determination.

Raist3d Forum Pro • Posts: 35,576
Are those from final released firmware?

I ask because some of those where from pre-release. Check Carl's stuff:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rytterfalk/5870344267/sizes/o/in/photostream/

I say it looks pretty good though I did catch some posterization in some of his family shots with SPP 5, but I would also imagine that's partially SPP need to improve for this particular camera model. I did spot a very mild Foven like red spot in someone's shadow area... so perhaps shadows are a bit more problematic.

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Raist3d Forum Pro • Posts: 35,576
Yeah Petr, I think those are pre-release firmware, I wouldn't consider them...

as representative of the final deal.

Check Carl Ryterfalk's website and the raws for download.

It sure would be interesting to see landscape shots like these with final firmware though, with shadows in them.

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mike earussi Veteran Member • Posts: 5,832
Re: Yeah Petr, I think those are pre-release firmware, I wouldn't consider them...

Raist3d wrote:

as representative of the final deal.

Check Carl Ryterfalk's website and the raws for download.

It sure would be interesting to see landscape shots like these with final firmware though, with shadows in them.

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And taken with a good lens.

cinefeel Contributing Member • Posts: 860
Re: Yeah Petr, I think those are pre-release firmware, I wouldn't consider them...

single-pixel sharpness:

http://twitpic.com/5e9un4/full

try something like a 0.5 radius smart-sharpening if it looks undersharpened to you.

and yes, don't waste your time with fukui's pre-prod samples!

Raist3d Forum Pro • Posts: 35,576
I will admit Cine that shot isn't as impressive to me...

the colors seem off. I see some areas of detail and others not so (but that's the lens). But I am also seeing some weird colors in the shadows (it's not bad but that this is ISO 100 and this can be seen doesn't speak well for a high iso performance).

Seems like the first Foveon, this Foveon likes good light.

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True (n/t)
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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner MOD Forum Pro • Posts: 19,424
And that's why you don't release many pre-release images

petr marek wrote:

My opinion:

smooth color surface patterns/noise splashes (like 8-bit tonal transitions!), unsecure colors, contrast edges disaster, insufficient lenses (chromatic aberation, soft...)

Than compare with competition high ISO performance, speed and processing, price...
I wouldn´t buy it.

Why did you go find the worst possible samples, samples from a version of the firmware that existed long before they even got cameras out to shoot a handful of official prer-release photos?

These shots are of no use for judging anything, because we already know the camera can do better from other shots. The way to determine what you can get out of a camera is to try and find the best possible shots, determine what helped the technical quality, and proceed from there.

I mean I wouldn't buy the D3X either from its sample gallery as the landscape shot they had it in looked as mushy as your first photo link. But obviously the camera can do better than those images, and the same is true of the SD-1.

If you are serious about quality determination you should at least make a minimal effort to not come off as a troll seeking to post only the most negative possible things.

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maple Veteran Member • Posts: 3,118
I beg to differ

I’m not that disappointed. Foveon’s strength is great fine details, and some of these images certainly demonstrate this attribute of Foveon. It is, however, also evident that the new sensor presents much bigger challenges to the lenses and photographers. Chromatic aberration is more pronounced, and edge and corner can be quite soft even when FF lenses are used. Wide angle lenses seem to struggle a lot in these respects. But then why bother with SD1 for landscape if WA lenses don’t do justice to its sensor?

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Raist3d Forum Pro • Posts: 35,576
I dunno what D3x Nikon sample you are looking at but...

the one I saw had plenty of detail…

The big question: why Sigma doesn't replace their entire pre release gallery with the real thing already. It works against them for obvious reasons.

It's beyond comprehension.

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petr marek OP Regular Member • Posts: 179
No excuse

Theres no key differencies between pre- and production photos made by cameras like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and others. I don´t eat that BS. If you think some firmware will fix sensor banding and noise splashes, than good luck with such a camera! I have no excuse for Sigma after so long time.

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Re: SD1 full size disillusion (landscapes, nature)
RKGoth Senior Member • Posts: 1,132
Re: No excuse

petr marek wrote:

Theres no key differencies between pre- and production photos made by cameras like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and others.

Hahahah... Hahha. Ha.

I've seen some absolute horrors from pre-release cameras. Absolutely unusable. Where the benchmark between pre and post is is another matter, but trust me - until every journalist was a "blogger" and everyone with a computer claimed to be a journalist, the media were shown hardware that could be handled but wouldn't take a recognisable picture.

Companies are just getting savvy to idiots feeling there's some personal gain in running off with unusable pre-production files and publishing them.

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Couscousdelight Regular Member • Posts: 428
Re: No excuse

The butterfly photo is made with a final FW, it's a 400 iso image, and, for me, it's just awful...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ka_tate/5848262419/meta/in/photostream

Another butterfly(comon blue), another camera :

Made with a cheap Sigma 70-300 apo mounted on a Pentax K-5, (320 iso, 300mm, F9, 1/400s))

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