Sigma DP2 Quattro
Sigma DP2 Quattro
For the first time, I'm being lent the new Sigma DP2(Q?) Quattro. It offers a host of claimed improvements that will doubtlessly be of interest to Merrill fans: Most notably and appreciated by this author, a big claimed improvement to high ISO performance. A claimed 30% increase in resolution compared to the DP2M is probably of interest too, but relatively poor 'high ISO' performance of both focus speed and image quality: it's been the one significant regret concerning the X3F Chips to date, It's made the DP/SD literally and metaphorically a 'fair weather friend' for many . SO... Let's Fire up the Quattro !! ( nods in the direction of 'Ashes to Ashes'!! See the video >>>)
I've got the Sigma SD1, the tiny DP2 Merrill, FuX100s (borrowed) and Shiny replaced GR in hand too. I'll report subjectively as soon as it arrives but it looks very interesting as does the list price - very encouraging too - anticipating sub £500 street prices after the first flush of sales....
Audi Quattro or Dodgy DeLorean?
Both of these cars were truly Global phenomenon's. For different reasons. One helped the maker become a global car company - the other one made it into a film. Both famous, but only one famous as the maker intended. The DeLorean was famously sheathed in cool Stainless Steel: It lasted well but it also collected fingerprints like a store demo iPad. The electrics were questionable and the headlights good... in daylight. Finally - getting it serviced. Servicing? Quirky X3F RAW file format anyone?
Conversely in the 1980's the Audi Quattro was one of the great epoch defining performance cars that also went like a greyhound - around corners too and stopped: High performance. New technology halogen headlights meant you could safely drive it after dark. That wasn't even an optional extra on the 'Back to the Future' Spec DeLoren.
Best of all: You could get it serviced anywhere (or DNG as we say now)
Cut to the chase.
What I'm saying is - I guess looking different is excellent: an orderly queue will form, but only if it's backed up with serious performance in the real world. See.. it was going somewhere after all.
Design-wise - I'm open minded about the new Sigma DP2, above all tho' I'm hoping that it's 'Quattro performance' that defines an epoch rather than it becoming a footnote for 'quirky' modern revisionist design and used in films to depict the future.
I hope the new Quattro goes like stink, round corners and after dark... like it's illustrious Audi namesake, especially when the sun goes down.
I-SO hope ISO, is so. I do.