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Sigma SD1 : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma SD1


The Sigma SD1 is a reflex camera with APS-C (1.5x) sensor and 15.4 megapixels manufactured from 2011 to 2018 (discontinued). The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 6400 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 6 FPS x 14 RAW. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1000 €;
16 users have given it an average vote of 9.8 out of 10


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 Sensor
 Format   APS-C, 23.5 x 15.7 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.5x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   15.4 megapixel
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 6400
 File formats   RAW, mRAW, sRAW, JPEG

 Esposure
 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/8000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 3 stops at 1/2 steps
 Exp. modes   P, S, A, M
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Features
 Mount   Sigma SA (click here to view al compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   No
 Autofocus (AF areas)   11
 Continuos shooting   6 FPS x 14 RAW
 Live View   No
 MLU/SS   Yes, Mirrok Lock Up
 Dust reduction   Yes
 Video mode   No
 WiFi   No
 GPS   No

 Built and notes
 Touchscreen   No
 LCD   3.0", 440 x 330 pixels, fixed
 Viewfinder   Optical, coverage 98%, 0.95x
 Flash   Yes, guide number 11 meters
 Storage   CF
 Shutter   Mechanical
 Battery   Li-Ion (Sigma BP-21, capacity 11.10 Wh)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   780 g
 Dimensions   146 x 113 x 80 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on April 17, 2018

Pros: micro-contrast, tonal passages, color response, image quality, build quality.

Cons: Possible issues with AF on some models, lack of live-view.

Opinion: The Sigma SD1 is an SLR with several years on the rump that however it still makes sense to consider and sometimes prefer the new mirrorless model SDQ. The heart of this reflex is the Foveon sensor of generalezione Merrill, capable of an image quality worthy of a film with low sensitivity, something that is useless even compare to more evolved bayer sensors, which in terms of pure image quality, they cannot any way compete for micro-contrast, tonal nuances and depth cromamtica. I'm not here to repeat known limits that whoever snaps with foveon must embrace and having to find a new workflow that involves the development of raw with Sigma Photo Pro software, on this literature is vast and redundant concepts need not be repeated. The problem of SD1, kinda like all SLR cameras with foveon sensor, is to find a model that does not present problems of AF, but if you get lucky as I was, then the SD1 can excite. The build quality is of maximum level, there I shoot with temperatures from +40° to -30° C and after 3 years 6 years and owners, there is no sign of subsiding, the liners are perfect, as well as the feedback of the keys.

avatarjunior
sent on October 01, 2017

Pros: Iper Details

Cons: How to have a 100 ASA film can not pull it beyond the 400ASA noise penalty.

Opinion: The difference with the rest of the sensors is embarrassing (for the others) I would also venture with the average size Bayer (I have seen the Pentax 645Z on this site, but I do not think it comes to SD1), foveon returns incredible details in absolute terms if we consider that this is an Apsc beh! paraphrasing other reviewers: "Hardly any other cameras could be the only piece of a photographer."

avatarjunior
sent on August 03, 2016

Pros: Nititudine Monstrous

Cons: Autofocus & Viewfinder

Opinion: Nititudine exaggerated in development must be eliminated, crazy stuff, RnB & N clearly appalling but color performance not up to the first Foveon, Ice Age, not poetic but less prone to chromatic bursts, rnAutofocus Foveon's worst ever not to mention the large viewfinder dark and co angles obscured, as a novelty in Sigma house to complicate stuff you forget the upper display, the Foveon most odious of all time is a world apart from where it left alone and the other clings

avatarjunior
sent on March 08, 2015

Pros: Unrivaled image quality, detail and color rendering that are incredible, all the merits of the film. With optical quality, good light and low iso produces amazing results. RNLA yield bn is the most "cinematic" and clean you could want (ISO 100 is similar to a PAN-F) and the rise of ISO noise becomes a beautiful grain dry. rnCorpo machine very sturdy, magnesium alloy and weather sealed, ergonomic handgrip and arrangement of the many buttons, access modes to the functions definitely peculiar but very well structured and very quick to use. Excellent battery grip. rnLuminosissimo pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage (96% indicated in the data is wrong) .rnSollevamento mirror, to reduce vibrazioni.rnBuffer very capacious 2GB.

Cons: Color noise beyond 400 ISO, usable color up to 1600 (in bn but the noise comes as a wonderful dry grain, and is usable even up to 6400). rnNecessita optics of the highest level. rnVelocità operational not excellent, slow in writing, or rather would not be slow but the raw are over 50MB and ends when the buffer (which fortunately has capacity for 20 Raw) must "sit back" and the live-view aspettare.rnMancanza . rnMolti buttons, but no configurable. rnMancanza of any feature that is not essential (when compared to any other reflex of a good standard and what you want the producer, appears almost spartan). rnDifficilmente the Foveon may be the only camera kit available.

Opinion: Sigma cameras are difficult to review, the SD1 over tutte.rnrnLasciamo for after the quality of the images produced by the Foveon sensor, and let's start from the camera body: very robust, extremely ergonomic handgrip and arrangement of the many buttons, with mode access to the features peculiar but definitely really well structured and rapid use. But for the rest, when compared to any other reflex good level and to any desired producer, is decidedly basic, almost spartana.rnrnSe and how this represents a limit, or, on the contrary, may even be considered an advantage You can not say, because it is a purely personal assessment, which depends on your needs, preferences and tastes. It is certain, however, that like all cameras Sigma SD1 has also the objective operating limits, that does not make it suitable for all usi.rnrnAndiamo now to see what's on the other side of the scale: the sensor Foveon.rnLa quality & asevere; and color rendering of the images produced by this sensor to three layers is something unique, which can not be obtained with no sensor mosaic, either full-frame. Can only sensibly be compared to a scan by a film high definition and low sensitivity. Being a three layer, the Foveon contains the color information in whole and, therefore, unlike the mosaic requires neither of the reconstruction process (demosaicing) or the anti-aliasing filter, and is therefore devoid of any kind of artifacts, or luminance or color. The big difference that this entails can not be described in words and it is also difficult to appreciate in video; but just look at the fine art prints large format because our visual memory, now accustomed to the mosaic, remains literally impressed and incredulous. When placed side by side with the same images taken with FF and printed on the same format, the comparison is definitely sconcertante.rnrnViene to dosend one: why the Sigma fits such a jewel of sensor camera bodies that are not only state of the art, but even almost Spartans? Well, of course you should ask the Sigma, but these limits are due in part to its sensor, that is, are the reverse of medaglia.rnrnLe Sigma SD1 is not for everyone. It can be appreciated only by those who know her intimately photography, from those seeking the tools according to their characteristics, choosing from time to time if and when you can use them to the fullest. In short, it's a camera for photographers, not for "photographing" still looking for the "holy grail" of the ideal camera in hand of which only becomes a source of frustration and rifiuto.rnrnIn conclusion, the SD1 is able to provide - to a photographer who is able to manage it - unique results, typical of the film and unreachable with mosaic, provided conditions permit: good light, low ISO, optical height and no haste or particular need for speed à operational. But in all other cases, you have to have other equipment they will use.

avatarjunior
sent on August 27, 2012

Pros: 1) Sensor amazing: definition, detail and three-dimensionality of the image to levels never seen before. 2) Excellent workability files (excellent recovery of the shadows). 3) AF Form simple but, when combined with good optics, it shows very quickly and accurately. 4) Machine body solid, weather sealed, ergonomic. 5) Provisions of the controls and menu interface extremely simple, clear and functional. 6) A very handy option on the ring MLU (Mirror Lock Up).

Cons: In my opinion the main defects of the SD1 are as follows: 1) exasperating slowness of processing and writing sheet RAW (large files), 2) in some cases possible emergence of banding orizzonatale (especially in recovery pushed the shadows / highlights) and 3) in rare cases possible emergency flare due to the IR filter. 4) users document stretched from pasaggio in SPP

Opinion: Machine at first sight! The yield of the Foveon is unsurpassed and makes you forget the flaws (though present) of the SD1. At low ISO (up to 400) detail is to scream, but the files can be used up to at least 1600. Besides ISO 1600 quality degrades rapidly. The machine is especially suitable for landscape photos, macro and still life, but I use it mainly in photographic hunting (where, however, they accuse the excessive length). Does not lend itself, in fact, for action shots because of the obvious limitations due to the processing time and writing files.

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