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Quote: You're right Bob - it was a late night last night () It was Foveon's business model I was referring to and not Sigma's. Were a Foveon to appear in a Nikon or a Canon, I too would have one immediately.
Fuji announced they are working on a simular design sensor, so there maybe soon a Nikon mount camera with a 'Foveron-esk' sensor.
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Quote: Paul (Heywood), you got any pics from your DP1 on your website or anywhere?
Not yet Chris, as I said I'm still in mess about mode, but once I've done some pics worth posting you'll be one of the first to know.
This may be of interest to you potential DP1 owners
Chris.........In the meantime you could go HERE and download the Raw pack to play with. There is also SPP to download, but once installed I'd recommend that you update it HERE.
Quote: Even when it comes to compact cameras; where are they? And what's with this new P1 or whatever, a compact with a single focal length?
It seems to have some serious drawbacks, but from what I have read it is also probably the best digital compact available from any manufacturer so far, if image quality is a priority.
And many would see the single focal length as a big plus.
If it had a sensible focal length (35-45mm) and an optical finder I'd probably be interested. As it is I'm still using my Minox 35GT
The focal length is the equivalent of 28mm in 35mm format, apparently, so slightly wide for you. It does seem to have an optional optical viewfinder, not sure how much it costs though.
A camera in the hand is worth, how many reviews? I agree with most of the review and was fully expecting slug performance but, it's not as slow as the review suggests!
Using the viewfinder with the LCD off and the image preview off, with a fast SD card it is quite acceptable. It is faster still using the manual focus to prefocus or use a hyper focal distance!
Quote: A camera in the hand is worth, how many reviews?
The DP1 presents a dilema. On the one hand favourable reviews are thin on the ground yet most folk with a serious interest in photography will know that the Sigma has garnered support from within the pro community. I had dialogue with Roderick Field recently. He was so taken with the camera that he placed a review singing its praises on Amazon's UK website. He's also enjoyed publishing success with it in 'The Traveller' magazine.
I'll bet there aren't many on here who wouldn't mind 'having a go' with the camera for a few days, even if only to satisfy themselves that it might not be for them
I considered getting a Sigma lens, but my friends was a bit soft with no IS, and for the cost of the one with IS I could get two Canon lenses which covered the same range (better).
Also, I was put off by reports of their recent, shocking quality control in various places, including here:
http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008.09.12/the-sigma-saga http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008.09.20/lens-repair-data-10 http://www.lensrentals.com/news/2008.11.30/lens-repair-data-20
superzooms have always been difficult to make - even canon have had a bad track record with the 100-400mm lens. I will not say that sigma are blamless, many of their lenses outside of the superzooms also suffer from too many soft copies, but overall I think the superzooms skew things a bit much.
Also most of the complaints I see come from lens rentral places - I suspect they are renting out hte very popular superzooms more than anything else (first level of data skewing) and then there are all the knocks and bumps that a rented lens is likley to take in the hands of less than carfull holders (as well as those that report the gear soft when they have no prior experience of using the lens).
Also don't forget that they make quite a few very low cost zoom lenses - which are dirt cheap and (as such) softer than lenses many times their cost - but they are good investments for those starting a new hobby and needing to get their feet wet in it
I can say that their macro lenses are brilliantly sharp!
Lenses apart, it's all gone a bit quiet on the DP2. Occasional web searches are a waste of time. I even contacted Sigma direct with the response that there's no firm date. Wonder if they're encountering problems but haven't got the funds to overcome them? Hope not...
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