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Sigma DP2 Quattro  DP2Q - Back to the future?

Sigma DP2 Quattro  DP2Q - Back to the future?

Sigma SD1

Sigma SD1

Sigma DP2 Quattro

'Fire up the Quattro'  - from Ashes to Ashes

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 - Extreme low light performance

Audi Quattro - Extreme low light performance

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)

Future Shock The Stainless Steel DeLorean  - with 'Back to the Future' Pack (optional extra when launched) 

Future Shock The Stainless Steel DeLorean  - with 'Back to the Future' Pack (optional extra when launched) 

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.


Sigma

Redesigned in every aspect, including the sensor, engine, lens and body, the dp Quattro Compact Camera series embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that produce works of art. The dp2 is the first camera in the new Quattro series to be released, with a dp1 and dp3 Quattro to follow. The dp2 is stocked with a fixed 30mm 2.8 standard lens designed specifically and lined up perfectly with its new Foveon X3 Quattro sensor to create exceptional images. Renowned for unmatched image quality, the Foveon image sensor is Sigma’s proprietary technology which captures transmitted light in a vertical 3 layer sensor with dedicated layers to Red, Green and Blue. The only one of its kind, the Foveon sensor produces full bodied images, rich in tone, gradation, and texture with a 3D feel to them. The new Foveon X3 Quattro offers an even higher level of image purity with a 30% increase in resolution to the previous Foveon sensor, sure to bring about new experiences in your photography. The dp2 Quattro was designed and created for true artistic endeavors and also touts improved processing speed, autofocus performance and better high ISO capabilities than its Merrill predecessors.
— Sigmaphoto.com

of DeLorean

Reception by the car buying public and automotive magazines was mixed. Although the early vehicles had impressive waiting lists of anxious consumers, the MSRP sticker price of $25,000 in 1981 was cost-prohibitive for the majority of the market — especially for what many considered to be an under-powered and impractical plaything. “It’s not a barn burner,” observed Road & Track, “(with) a 0-60 mph time of 10.5 seconds. Frankly, that’s not quick for a sports/GT car in this price category.” The stainless steel body panels were an attractive design concept and impervious to corrosion, but in practice the sheen surface tended to show fingerprints.
— After Wikipedia DeLorean DMC-12