Update: 23/02/12 Sigma has announced the UK price for the SD1 Merrill: The new SIGMA SD1 Merrill + 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM kit has a Suggested Retail Price of £2149.99 and has a body only SRP of £1839.99.
Sigma has announced the new Sigma SD1 Merrill - a rebranded version of the Sigma SD1 - it features the same specifications and features, including the Foveon X3 sensor but is expected to have a much more competitive price that is around a third of the price of the SD1. It will be available in the UK from the middle of March.
Sigma SD1 Merrill Key Features:
46 megapixel 24×16mm APS-C sensor
Lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy body
Weather-resistant O-ring sealing connections
Dual ‘TRUE II' image processing engines
11 Point Twin Cross AF Sensor
About the generation-name “Merrill”
The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology originally developed by the late Dick Merrill (1949-2008), a brilliant engineer and talented photographer. This revolutionary image capture system reflects both the artistic and technological sides of Merrill’s personality. As an expression of Sigma’s passion for photography and in honor of Dick Merrill’s genius, we have named the latest generation of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor the Foveon Merrill.