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 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

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 DP2 Merrill Front View

Description by Sigma:

The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses technology that was originally developed by Dick Merrill, a brilliant engineer and talented photographer who died in 2008.

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