A firmware update for the dp2 Quattro is forthcoming, along with Sigma Photo Pro 6.0.5, as tweeted by the CEO of Sigma yesterday.

Tweet from Kazuto Yamaki

The main question at this stage is whether these two updates will improve image quality in some way (as hinted by Ming Thein a few days ago), aside from the usual bug fixing.

We will know soon.


As I write this, the listed Amazon stores have these items available for immediate shipping.

Sigma dp2 Quattro Camera: Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon FR

Sigma LH4-01 Lens Hood: Amazon FR

Sigma VF-41 Optical Viewfinder: Amazon FR

Sigma BP-51 Battery: Amazon FR | Amazon DE

Sigma HC-21 Leather Hard Case: Amazon FR | Amazon DE

See more order options for the dp2 Quattro and all related accessories

Sigma SD1 Merrill sensor

The next Sigma DSLR will adopt the “Quattro” sensor found in the new dp line of mirrorless cameras. That was expected, but an official confirmation is always good to have in case there were people hoping for a full-frame camera or something else.

The information comes from Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki himself, in an interview given to Yodobashi in March 2014, and only recently published.

As the first camera to have the new sensor, we chose the dp because of the shockless body and the dedicated lens optimized for the ultra high-resolution capturing. Of course, we’re planning to use the sensor for the SLR SD body.

Unless Sigma wants to draw all the attention on the as-yet unreleased dp1 and dp3 Quattro, an announcement at Photokina (September 16 to 21, 2014) and a release in 2015 is a likely scenario. I’ll try to confirm it or not.

Read the interview (mostly about the dp2 Quattro and the new sensor)

Sigma mount

It’s been almost a year since Sigma launched their mount conversion service, but feedback is lacking. If you have experienced it, it would be nice to take a few minutes and tell us about it in the comments!

For those who are not familiar with this service, the five points below give the most important information. Make sure to read them before taking the plunge.

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The Sony mount of this lens will ship soon

The first batch of Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG HSM Art with Sony A-mount is expected to start shipping from B&H Photo on August 4 − sooner than expected!

Three lenses with instant rebate and coupon code

Adorama is having a nice set of deals on select Sigma lenses (all available mounts). Be sure to use the coupon code 1SGMAJUL99 at checkout! The deals below have free shipping and expire July 31, 2014.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

  • Regular price: $969
  • $119 Coupon code
  • Your price: $850 with coupon code 1SGMAJUL99

→ Available mounts: Canon | Nikon | Pentax | Sigma | Sony

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

  • Regular price: $479
  • $80 instant rebate
  • $49 coupon code
  • Your price: $350 with coupon code 1SGMAJUL99

→ Available mounts: Canon | Nikon | Pentax | Sigma | Sony

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Two Sigma flagship products

Some nice content about these two buzzing products popped up recently. Below is a list of articles that caught my attention.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

  • Camera Labs: In-depth review with a useful discussion on alternatives. The reviewer concludes that the Zeiss is worth the price premium, although it does not outmatch the Sigma in all areas.
  • What Digital Camera: Four pages dedicated to a comparison with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX.  Here, the reviewer says that the difference in image quality between the Zeiss and the new Sigma is not proportional to the price.
  • Ron Martinsen: Compared to Canon, Nikon and Zeiss competitors. A nice, wide variety of sample images and a bunch of relevant comparison shots (in part 2).
  • Hireacamera Blog: Compared to Canon 50mm f/1.2L and Zeiss 55mm f/1.4, wide open and stopped down to f/4.
  • Digital Rev (Video): Compared to Canon 50mm f/1.2L and Nikon 58mm f/1.4G. Fun and instructive, as usual with Kai.
  • SLR Lounge: Being designed for stills, the 50mm f/1.4 Art is expected to be less satisfactory for video use. It is, showing significant focus breathing. Better wait for the cine line? :)
  • Flickr group: Lots of images to help make up your mind over there.

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