Interesting interview about Sigma SD1

Dpreview have interviewed Sigma Chief Operating Officer Kazuto Yamaki, Foveon Vice President for Technology and Operations, Shri Ramaswami and its Vice President for Strategic Marketing, Rudy Guttosch.. It’s an interesting reading!

Thanks Mauersegler for the heads up!

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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6 Responses to Interesting interview about Sigma SD1

  1. for now, no video on SD1 (maybe in another future model)

  2. Matthias says:

    Hi Carl,

    Sounds still good :)

    But SPP is annoying. Beside the multi-core issue, SPP 4.2 is still cutting off decimal places when used on German Windows. So EXIF in JPG or TIF always show 16 mm instead of 16.6 mm, and F7.0 instead of F7.1, for example. I told you that sometimes all EXIF fields are empty when doing batch export.

    So if you have any chance to let Sigma know… I tried with Sigma Germany one year ago with no result. In fact this is a simple bug that can be resolved easily.


  3. Hi Matthias,

    Yeah, I wonder how they missed that, again! Will send a reminder too. :) Also, thanks again for hosting me during Photokina, I had a GREAT time!

  4. Marc says:

    To massimilano : honestly forget about video, there are gazillions other cameras around which do that … plus the mirrorless design that Sony just launched is gonna be more performant in that field because it’s able to autofocus continously, so we’re talking about a different machine alltogether.

    Sigma doing dedicated movie cameras with the Foveon sensor and outputting raw footage? That would be lovely, but I think that is still far away in terms of development (readout speed, processing power).

    For the moment let’s just be happy that we FINALLY get awesome Foveon-style IQ at an awesome resolution, the files as they are right now are already so great, they’re just that tiny little bit too small, so i’m really looking forward to discover the Foveon output at full resolution.

  5. Ricky says:

    I love this interview, it’s bright, genuine and accurate :)

  6. Ian D. says:

    I wonder if we’ll see more range with sensitivity… I could really use ISO25 or ISO12.5 and ISO3200 (though, ISO1600 with less noise would be better than ISO3200 with more noise than we have now…)

    I’m also not entirely sure why they stuck with the CF medium… cFast has been out for about a year now and I don’t think anyone has picked it up yet… it would also bring the cost of the camera down since the buffer is loaded onto the card rather than on the camera…

    as a last note, and this isn’t a huge issue with me, but I /would/ like to see Sigma do a integral battery grip like some other pro cameras, or maybe a separate model; the SD1ex or something… again, not really a huge issue just me dreaming :)


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