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)

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!

SPP 6.0.4

The JPEG/TIFF saving issue with X3F files from Merrill cameras is still there on my machine (Windows 8.1) and despite the instructions.

As a side note, Sigma Photo Pro 6.1 − which is expected to support all X3F files regardless of the camera they are from − is set to be released in August. Meanwhile, we have to deal with what seems to be a beta version.

Here is the list of what the latest iteration is meant to correct.

For Windows

  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the software occasionally fails to open the X3F files taken by the SD1, SD1 Merrill and DP Merrill series.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that it does not save the capture date information when the images are saved in JPEG and TIFF formats.

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SPP 6.0.3

A new version of SPP has just been made available for download.

Does it finally fix the issue sometimes encountered on Windows 7 and 8, when saving to TIFF or JPEG an XF3 file taken with a Merrill camera? I promise the answer will be shorter: no.

It is not a compatibility issue. As per Sigma:

The latest version, SIGMA Photo Pro 6.0, is only compatible with the RAW data of the Quattro series, Merrill series and SIGMA SD1.

The following has been fixed:

For Windows

  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the software occasionally displays the message “File I/O error” at the time of startup, and becomes frozen.
  • It has corrected the bugs that display images in Display Quality Priority Mode improperly when they are recorded in 3:2 aspect ratio. Images that are recorded in an aspect ratio other than 3:2 were often saved in the wrong aspect ratio.

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SPP 6.0.2

UPDATE: I successfully saved a few files but I am now having issues again, as are many other users. No more error code, but either an empty JPEG/TIFF file, or nothing.

Sigma Photo Pro 6.0.2 is available for download. This new release corrects few but important things:

For Windows

  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the software does not save images properly when SIGMA Photo Pro 6 is launched by double-clicking the X3F data or drag-and-drop of the image file directly on the software’s icon.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that it occasionally fails to open the print window and preview window for printing.

For Mac

  • It corrects the issue where the message suggests the operation of “lldb command tool” or inserting password is displayed either when the working color space is set to Adobe RGB and 100% enlargement is performed or when the application is closed using a short cut key.
  • It has corrected the phenomena that the operation speed of the software slowed down in some occasions and took a long time to open folders.

Download Sigma Photo Pro 6.0.2

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art is not a new lens (the Canon-mount version was released a year ago), but Sony and Pentax users wanting one have had their patience stretched by multiple delays. Now it is finally available for everyone.

The stores where the lens is in stock as I write these lines are listed below.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Art Pentax mount

Adorama | B&H Photo | Wex Photographic (UK)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Art Sony mount

Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon | Wex Photographic (UK)