Help me make time for the Sigma SD1

I’ll cut to the chase. Soon the Sigma SD1 arrives and I really want to spend as much time as possible with it, I’d like to be able to just push everything else out of the way so that I can give you lots and lots of good info – this IS the biggest thing since the SD9. But I need a little help from you in order to create that extra space! Please consider.


Twenty people have donated so far. :)

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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24 Responses to Help me make time for the Sigma SD1

  1. Knut says:

    Count me in on the excitement!

  2. Knut: Count me in on the excitement!

    Appreciated! :)

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  4. Jason Zheng says:

    Carl, are you suggesting that it will arrive in your hands soon? So exciting!

  5. Jason, I can’t say how soon – I will know more after the CP+ fair held in Yokohama 2/9-2/12. I wonder if we have any japanese viewers that will attend that fair?!

  6. marcuslow says:

    can i fly to japan to buy it? the CP fair does it sell the SD1 or just yet another announcement….

  7. marcuslow: can i fly to japan to buy it? the CP fair does it sell the SD1 or just yet another announcement….  

    It will not be finished by then, at least as far as I know – but it will be shown and it’s near done meaning that they will unveil some of that final specs that I talked about in my last post. :)

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  9. bent0 says:

    You must have very thin air up in Sweden. Cmon… seriously?

  10. @bentO.. I’m not entirely sure how to read your comment – an maybe I took this the wrong way, if so, forget about this answer. But, You are visiting an ad-free site that I spend a little but too much time with – my wife says. I want her to be pleased and I want to continue doing what I love – and by asking for your support makes life easier. Especially when I do get some. :)

  11. marcuslow says:

    Carl Rytterfalk:
    It will not be finished by then, at least as far as I know – but it will be shown and it’s near done meaning that they will unveil some of that final specs that I talked about in my last post. :)  

    Ok, i donated, i learned much from ur site and frankly if not because of people like you around who are willing to take time to do this, I won’t even consider buying a sigma.
    I am now using both the dp2 and got a new SLT sony a55, but every single shot i made with the sony, i am dreaming of the SD1.

  12. Idan says:

    I must admit that I couldn’t help waiting any longer and got a 60D and 70-200mm F4L – BUT guess what? – The image quality made me return all the gear to the store and get my money back. Now I know for sure that I will be waiting patiently for the Sigma SD1, the only camera I wanted to purchase. After shooting with the Canon, I can really understand the advantages of the Foveon X3 sensor. I am with your guys, Sigma SD1 all the way!

  13. Idan, oh, that was a close one! :D

  14. Idan says:

    I know Carl. I honestly think that I made the right choice returning the gear. We are all being brain washed with tones of marketing ads, opinions and reviews. Bottom line, I am following my intuition (for now) and it tells me “Go with the SD1″. BTW: I love your blog and I am sure I’ll be a constant visitor very soon :)

  15. android says:

    two questions

    1. how much is considered a good donation

    2. any idea at all on a release of the SD1?

  16. Hi Android,

    1. Well.. No one asked. If you’re a millionaire then I’d LOVE as much as possible! But the sum given by each of the eleven very kind people so far has been between €5 and €25. It’s not making be rich but it’s for sure making it more fun. :) (it’s also like a lottery, each time an email comes from that PayPal robot I wonder what if..)

    2. Sigma said in this dpreview interview, “We are aiming to have everything ready for next spring but we haven’t announced release dates yet. We may have to change the release date in different markets to match manufacturing capacity.”

    I talked to them as well a couple of weeks ago and they hope to have more info available at the CP+ Fair in Yokohama 2/9-2/12. There has been lots of rumors about “early spring” so lets hope that’s correct. I know I will have one for review before release and let’s hope that’s soon.

    I might not be allowed to tell when I have it, but at least I’ll be able to work hard to make the most out of it and find out if it’s as good as we all hope. Of course I will put lots and lots of images and stuff here for you to see.

    Updated, Make that “top” donation €50!.. wohoo..

  17. Dougbm says:

    Like Ken Rockwell but for Sigma cameras!

    I will be very excited to see a SD1 review.

    Carl Rytterfalk: @bentO.. I’m not entirely sure how to read your comment – an maybe I took this the wrong way, if so, forget about this answer. But, You are visiting an ad-free site that I spend a little but too much time with – my wife says. I want her to be pleased and I want to continue doing what I love – and by asking for your support makes life easier. Especially when I do get some. :)  

  18. Ian Syme says:

    I have given you a small donation through my partner’s Paypal account (how nice of her) and look forward to arrival of SD1.
    Better glass is also needed for Sigma cameras and the SD1 is sure to show off shortcomings! My SD14 may have to be relegated to infra red experimentation.

  19. Ian, I’m thankful! I will be interesting to see which lenses that will keep up with the SD1.

  20. Tom Schum says:

    Ken Rockwell seems to be down on Sigma generally, but he liked the 150-500 OS that he tested recently.
    I think he would like the SD1 if he ever decides to be interested to review it. His reviews of the SD9 and the SD10 were generally negative, but more lately he has become a little more willing to deal with raw files vs in-camera jpegs. He talked about this in his Canon 5DII review if I remember correctly (not likely). I tried to persuade him to review the Sigma 50mm 1.4, offering to mail my Canon-mount version to him for testing. That was over a year ago…no response.
    He pays for his site via kickbacks from links to distributors such as B&H and Adorama. I wonder if Sigma is not playing that game, because that would explain why he seldom goes near anything Sigma.
    I enjoy his more derogatory reviews, and tune in daily for whatever he might post.

  21. Tom Schum, Ken has said so many weird things in the past that I don’t know what to think of him.

  22. Sebashi says:

    Avec Plaisir Carl ;-)
    I haven’t seen the welcome message yesterday … !
    http://www.sigma-sd.com/SD1/message.html

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