Sigma DP3 Merrill review by Mark Goldstein at Photography Blog

The DP3 Merrill is something out of a short tele-range fan's fetichist dreams. It comes with a 75mm equivalent f2.8 lens:

"Image quality is the DP3 Merrill's star turn, indeed the principal reason to put up with its numerous other shortcomings. The Foveon X3 sensor, be it 46 megapixel or 15 megapixels, and the prime 50mm lens deliver stunningly sharp, high-resolution images that are a joy to behold. Chromatic aberrations like purple and green-fringing are simply non-existent on the DP3 Merrill, testament to the excellent prime lens, which is also the . . . read more

Sigma releases Photo Pro 5.5 software update with Monochrome mode and several fixes.

Sigma Press Release

Ronkonkoma, New York —February 21, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, camerasand flashes, is pleased to introduce Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 software, which includes upgrades and updates for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as a new Monochrome Mode processing interface. This updated software is now available for download for both Mac and Windows operating systems. . . . read more

Sigma DP1 Merrill review at PC Mag: "The Sigma DP1 Merrill is capable of producing amazing images, but you'll have to put a lot of time and effort in to get the most out of this pricey point-and-shoot."

Reviewed by Jim Fisher, who clearly needs to read up on the 'point and shoot' definition:  

"To say that the Sigma DP1 Merrill is not for everyone is an obvious statement. If you're a casual snapshooter who simply wants a point-and-shoot camera that produces excellent images, you'll want to take a close look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100—its 1-inch image sensor and zoom lens are better suited to the task. But if you are serious about photography, keen on the advantages of the Foveon sensor, and willing to live with the workflow that goes along with it, the DP1 Merrill is an appealing camera. It's also the only one of its class to offer a 28mm equivalent prime lens—the Fujifilm X100s, Leica X2, and Sony . . . read more

Sigma posts first sample images by the DP3 Merrill

And in line with what I ranted wrote about earlier today, they don't dare venturing into higher Iso ground..in fact they keep it at Iso 200 maximum. All photos taken Tomio Seike. Anyway, first impressions: yey for Foveon goodness.

Sigma DP2 Merrill review by Jim Keenan at Digital Camera Review: "Clearly this is not the camera for most average shooters, but it is a magnificent still imaging tool when operated in a fashion that plays to its strengths."

Every review of Sigma's DPx cameras saddens me a bit. The reviewer usually writes something along the lines of 'best image quality there is' immediately following up with a string of negatives and reservations, all-more or less, valid. Sigma is sitting on a gold mine with the Foveon X3 sensor combined with its prime lenses, but the reality is, in this time and age just producing the best image quality is not enough of a deciding factor for most people, myself included. IMHO, Sigma needs to fix a couple of issues, mainly the AF and general responsiveness speed, Iso performance, and for Jeeber's sake, if I'm going to plow  $1000 on a fixed lens camera, I demand an optical stabilizer somewhere between the front lens element and the lcd screen at the back. Until that happens, their DP cameras can not (by me) be considered as serious propositions, the ultimate decisive moment cameras they ought to be.

"SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens and well off the beaten design path sensor combination. Unfortunately, this is not the compact digital for everyone and, in fact, most casual users and in . . . read more

Battle of the bokeh: Kai W checks out the full frame 35mm royalty, and some models too.

After Top Gear gets canceled, because of Jeremy's nth remark for verbally abusing minorities/foreigners/the Welch or whatever, I hope we'll see Jezza and Kai doing a Top Photo Gear program together, with explosions, tanks (lots of optics in these nowadays) and even more explosions!

Back to reality now, this time Kai gets his hands on the crème de la crème of 35mm lense$: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, and the underdog that ate them all for breakfast, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

"The Battle of the Bokeh is back and we're looking at some fast 35mm lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with the Canon 35mm 1.4L, Nikon 35mm G AF-S. This time, however, it's up to you to vote, and the video shows you the results of the blind-bokeh test. Which lens has the best bokeh?"

Sigma greatly expands its Art series lineup, announces 4 new entries: 3 Mirrorless and one Dslr lens.

Whoever thought the CP+ event would be a minor one-beyond the cheapo inexpensive digicam crap range, will have to rethink. We're to the tune of 9 new lenses announced so far, and Sigma contributes the heavy metal part: 4 new 'Art' series lenses, all made with Aluminum bodies and fitted with brass bayonets. You may recognize the Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN and Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN names, but the 60mm F2.8 DN lens is a totally new entity. All three lenses share the metal construction  and updated optics, come in silver or black color, and will be available in micro 4/3 and Sony E mount versions. They also share lack of information by Sigma regarding availability and price.

As for the fourth lens, its an update to the venerable 30mm f1.4 DC lens announced back in 2005. The newcomer is compatible with Sigma's USB dock, and completely overhauled, inside out. It will come in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts at an unknown date for an unknown price. . . . read more

Sigma Super lens deal comes to Europe too: 2 Sigma primes at 99 Euros each, the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN, available in both micro 4/3 and NEX mounts.

Sigma extends its 'prime lenses at half the price' deal to Europe, too, prices start at just 99 Euros per lens!
The lenses on offer are the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN, available in micro 4/3 and NEX mounts. Their reviews have generally been very positive ones, and sure as heck they're worth their price. Most of the European dealers have updated their prices, in case you cannot find one, check this link on Sigma's page for a dealer list.

A new Sony 3-layer sensor patent revealed, the noose around Foveon's neck slowly tightens a bit more.

As a reminder, we'll repeat that both Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm have applied for several similar patents each., and as usual, where there's smoke, there's fire. There are two major problems with the current, Foveon implementation of such a sensor. First, the high iso noise is atrocious comparable to that of CMOS sensors almost a decade old, and second, the readout speed is not high enough to obtain HD video at a satisfactory bitrate. For all you techies, here is the pdf documents of Sony's latest 3 layer sensor patent application.  . . . read more

Quick comparison in image quality between the Leica Monochrome, Hasselblad 39CF and Sigma DP2 Merrill at Steve Huff Photo: Sharp, sharper, sharpest.

SHP reader Michael Ma happened to have all three cameras in his possession and decided to make the best of it. The Hassy came with the 80mm CFE Lens, The Leica had a Summilux f1.4 ASPH mounted on it, and the DP2 had to deal with its own tiny built in 30mm F2.8 pancake lens.  Having seen full sized jpegs coming from the Sigma myself, i knew where this was going to:

"Conclusion? Well this is a very clumsy test. But besides the poor testing conditions I think there’s a story to be told here. All three are great camera systems. The Hasselblad is older and the lens probably could have used with more stopping down. But this is also a 9000 dollar set up (used price). The Monochrome setup is 12K all in (when bought new). The Leica . . . read more

Sigma DP3 Merrill preview by Mike Tompkins at Imaging Resource

"In other respects, the Sigma DP3 is again very closely-related to its current siblings. It shares the same 15.4-megapixel Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor as seen in both previous fixed-lens Merrills, as well as the SD1 DSLR and its rebranded variant, the SD1 Merrill. Like all Foveon sensors, this captures full color information at every pixel location, unlike other cameras which typically capture only red, green, or blue at each pixel, and then interpolate the other two colors. This leads to a significant increase in perceived resolution beyond that you might expect from its megapixel rating; in testing of the same sensor in the Sigma SD1 we've found it to compare well against a 24-megapixel Bayer-filtered sensor. (But not by as much as the 46-megapixel rating used by Sigma might suggest.)

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Sigma expands its DP compact digital camera line with DP3 Merrill with a 46 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor and 50mm (75mm equiv.) F2.8 lens

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2012 — Sigma Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, will join the lineup of the “SIGMA DP Merrill” series. The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is the next generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrill ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.

Featuring a high performance 50mm F2.8 lens (a focal range equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera), the SIGMA DP3 Merrill offers incredibly high levels of optical performance and takes in every detail of the subject's information. This state of the art lens also offers enhanced macro functionality as well.

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New Sigma DP3 Merrill images and some specifications posted at dslrmagazine.

Reading from the Spanish web site, the upcoming Sigma DP3 Merrill will feature a 46 megapixels (15.36 Mpx. × 3 layers) Foveon sensor and an new 50mm f / 2.8 lens with manual focus ring located in the lens barrel. . . . read more

Sigma Announces DP3 Merrill Compact Camera, B&W Mode for Photo Pro Software and Pricing and Availability for The New Lenses.

PRESS RELEASE

Sigma Corporation of America announces new products at Consumer Electronics Show 2013

Company introduces compact camera, invites attendees to shoot with Merrill cameras to enter 35mm lens sweepstakes
 
LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2012 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, will be exhibiting at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show at booth 7904 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 8 to 11. . . . read more

It is 35mm day (Lens, not Film) at LensRentals: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L & EF 35mm f/2 IS versus Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM resolution tests by Roger Cicala: No Canon can beat that Sigma.

"Looking at the average (mean) for center, average, and corners shows a bit more about the lenses. The old 35mm f/2 does quite well in the center and mid-lens areas, but it’s pretty awful in the corners. The new 35mm f/2 IS and the classic 35mm f/1.4 L do much better in the corners, with the 35 L (stopped down to f/2) clearly better than the new f/2 IS. But the Sigma does better than any of them. . . . read more

Sigma DS1 Merrill review at Pblog: Mind bogglingly good files, color rendition and sharpness are spot on. but feature-wise the camera feels old, no video, no liveview, high FPS, nada.

"There are a few underlying issues with the SD1 Merrill that we're disappointed with. The lack of live view was an issue when we were photographing the cars. We wanted a low angle but couldn't get our eye to the viewfinder comfortably and it shows. Live view would have helped us get the framing spot on.

We would love to see what the video capability of the new Foveon sensor is like but alas, the SD1 Merrill doesn't feature it. Our curiosity aside, more and more photographers, especially fashion photographers, are using video to bolster their . . . read more

Sigma DP2 Merrill review at the Luminous Landscape

Medium format quality from a compact camera? Yes almost, i someone is ready to overlook he heap of other issues with this little wondercam:

"The battery life of the DP2M is poor; somewhere between 75 and 125 images. The reason for this is two-fold. The battery is small and the . . . read more

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill review at DP Review

"At low ISOs - say 100 to 400 - the SD1's image quality is simply stellar. Detail resolution and rendition is remarkable, thanks to the lack of an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor, and the default colour output is subtle and natural-looking. Of course there's always an argument that for many purposes photographers don't really want natural colours - Fujichrome Velvia would never have sold a single roll if . . . read more

The Naked sensor, by Sein Reid at Luminus Landscape.

There's a trend going on, involving ever weaker antialiazing filters in cameras, and the ultimate goal of non at all.

Sean Reid comments on this battle between detail and artifacts:

"The purpose of an AA filter, of course, is to slightly blur certain high frequency detail so that it doesn't create . . . read more

Sigma SD1 Merrill Foveon X3 Sensor DSLR review at Ephotozine

So, is the SD1 Merrill any better than the plain old SD1? Kidding aside, with a recently slashed price by almost two thirds, it is a viable solution for photographers looking for the 'special foveon sharpness'.

 

"The Sigma SD1 is capable of taking some gorgeous photos with excellent detail at the pixel level, however to get the best from the . . . read more

Sigma renames the SD1, revamps the DP1 and DP2 fixed lens cameras.

Great news for Foveon sensor fans! Sigma is essentially dropping   slashing​  Touchpadding the price of the SD1 to 1/3 of what it was. Sigma says MRSP will be $3000, but according to Imaging Resource who got in contact with a Sigma rep. the price will be more like $2300.  Sigma says it will reimburse users that paid the older price of ~ $6700-7000 with "Sigma points' of so far unknown value. Sigma also revamps its 2 prosumer cameras, with the same processors and sensor that the SD1 is equipped with. More info in the press release that follows. . . . read more

Founder of Sigma, Michihiro Yamaki dies

Mr Yamaki founded Sigma  (株式会社シグマ Kabushiki Gaisha Shiguma) when he was a student (optical engineer) and just 28 years old.  Being just a mount converter maker at the beginning, Sigma evolved to be the biggest independent lens manufacturer in the world. During all those years he remained at the helm of his company. Mr.Yamaki made the headlines last year, when he received three prestigious awards: ‘Person of the Year’ from The PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association and the “Hall of Fame” award from the United Nations, and The Golden Photokina Pin, the most prestigious award Photokina bestows. R.I.P . . . read more

Sigma interview: NEX and Micro Four Thirds are major focus @ IR

"All of Sigma's products are produced at the company's own factory in Aizu, Japan, and so we were pleased to hear Yamaki-san's report that impact to the company from last year's quake--although clearly unnerving for those present--was relatively minor, compared to some others in the . . . read more

Lens Repair Data 2011 @ Lensrentals

It seems Sigma lenses tops out at bottom. Or bottoms up at the top? Anyway, that's not the whole picture:

"It may just be us, but during the last year we’ve had an amazing increase in the number of repairs that went straight back to the Service Center because the repair wasn’t made correctly. About one in 20 repairs had to be done over, far more than any previous year. . . . read more

Six of the best portrait lenses @ BJP

"Professionals don’t like to capture images with all effects in place today. They cannot be removed. In the past there was no choice; diffusing a portrait in the darkroom produced a dark veil – not a light glow and soft focus had to be done at the taking stage. That is no longer so, and a good sharp raw file can be processed as desired without losing the original. . . . read more

Sigma 12-24 mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM review @ LensTip

"It would be pointless to conceal the fact that such unique lenses are not the easiest ones to test. The main problem is that you cannot compare the results with any direct rival because there is none. Of course you can try and relate to the results of e.g. the Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 but, in my humble opinion, it is an instrument from a different lens class. In the case of an ultra-wide angle device every millimeter makes a lot of difference . . . read more

New Cameras Coming in 2012 @ TheNewCamera

Wow, lots of corporate cleavage here. Top pick: Canon confirms introduction of mirrorless line. FTA: 

"Canon Imaging Rong Said Canon will announce its mirrorless and high End Compacts in 2012.
 The Best part of the interview was Canon confirms Mirrorless System is coming in 2012, See more: on October 2011 we have published . . . read more

Sigma announces SIGMA Capture Pro 1.0

Sigma Press Release:

"SIGMA Capture Pro 1.0

Camera control software dedicated for the Sigma SD1 . . . read more

Sigma announces availability of PG-31 grip for SD1 DSLR

Sigma Announcement:

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the PG-31 Power Grip, specially designed forSigma’s SD1 digital SLR, the camera that ensures high resolution and breathtaking image quality. . . . read more

SIGMA 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM F/SONY, F/PENTAX

Sigma just announced another one of their "similar to fluorite" lenses: Press Release The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM for Sony, and for Pentax. This large aperture standard zoom lens is designed for digital SLR cameras and covers a focal length from 17mm wide angle. It is a compact lens with an overall length of just 91.8mm (3.6”). T
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