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Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 11, 2014.
More information: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/article/sigma-dp-quattro
Amin, you must have missed this thread..... https://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=26239
I briefly saw some leaks and that thread, but I wasn't sure it was all real until I got the email from Sigma today. What a bizarre looking camera. Wonder how it feels in the hand!
I like all the extra real estate for fingers....I think that looks like it should be comfortable, but the big bulge out the back makes me wonder how easy (or difficult) it will be to access the buttons.
Agreed, I'm am very curious about the ergonomics and how it handles. On the face of it, it looks odd to handle, but I would assume that Sigma tested the design extensively. As others have suggested, the grip appears to be designed to hold a much larger battery, something the DPs sorely need at their current battery consumption levels.
If you look carefully you'll see that the sensor is at the very front right up against the lens; very tightly coupled.
It looks to me almost like it is intended as a "landscape" tritop-based" camera.
My hope is that in addition to this reconceptualization of the DP series that Sigma has also rebuilt their software!
reconceptualizing the camera as a tool without possibility of an evf...when what was once thought of as 'low end' becomes part of 'breaking new ground'. kinda sad to me.
I like that there's more room for the battery!
a Sigma is only useful in good light, they should just make it a solar powered
I have been so far unsuccessful in trying to imagine it attached to a human hand. It might be genius, or it might not. Awaiting pictures with great interest...
I'm told they are making a new optical viewfinder for it that will see over the hump of the lens protruding over the top. An optical finder is fine by me in a fixed lens camera - sort of like the Leica X1 - as long as I have an eye-level finder to compose.
As I mentioned in the previous forum, the weird shape makes it a camera I would not want to buy online without having held one. It at least appears that in could be distinctly awkward to use, something I'd want to check out up close and in person. The basic box of the previous DP series cameras appealed to me; my OM-1, Bessa R, Olympus 35 SP are all just light tight boxes. Ive never been a fan of anything more than a small and unobtrusive grip, probably because of my rather small hands.
All I could think when I read this post, Amin, is my mother's admonishment, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."
Here is compared to dp2m at camerasize:
Is it just me or did they put the grip on backwards? Uh oh, someone in manufacturing is gonna get fired for this.
I saw the side by side comparison, and I keep shaking my head. I don't understand. I want to keep an open mind, though, as I've liked the Sigma DP series up until now.
Ergonomically I would have thought that maybe the directional keypad and the rear dial should have been positioned more to the left (closer to the screen and away from the grip) so that you don't need to pull your thumb so far back to use them.
sigma needs to show us photos of pretty models holding them awkwardly in their hands.
To me this tries to beat the first generation of Fiat Multipla from the top of the weirdest designs ever:
Let's see the actual reviews though.
Hey guys, i dont think the design is ugly enough. not because is not retro looking its a bad design. thats point one. now, sigma is marketing this as a pocket medium format quality camera, has anyone in here seen those medium format cameras? they look a lot more "spacey" - "futuristic" - "weird robotic" - "galaxy" - looking than this. dont you think?.
I think they are pushing to have non comparison up to iso 200-400. and not a high iso camera for street shooters. therefore is made for landscapes, tripods, and what not. So i dont think the design doesnt work for those environments.
In which case I fervently hope they keep making the Merrills along with the Quattros.