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What in the World? Sigma dp Quattro!

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    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!
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    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.
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    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!
     
  5. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    May 14, 2013
    NY Mtns
    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.
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I like that there's more room for the battery!
     
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    a Sigma is only useful in good light, they should just make it a solar powered:tomato2:
     
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  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    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...
     
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  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    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.
     
  10. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    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."
     
  11. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
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  12. 123compact!

    123compact! SC Regular

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    May 19, 2011
    Is it just me or did they put the grip on backwards? Uh oh, someone in manufacturing is gonna get fired for this.
     
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  13. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    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.
     
  14. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    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.
     
  15. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    sigma needs to show us photos of pretty models holding them awkwardly in their hands.:biggrin:
     
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  16. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
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  17. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    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.
     
  18. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    In which case I fervently hope they keep making the Merrills along with the Quattros.
     
  19. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    :rofl: