Countdown clock has started ticking..

Billy Chan just received this mail from sigma about SD1 availability.

Dear Mr. Chan,

There is no influence of earthquake on any Sigma product, including SD1. Project is running as already scheduled. Regarding the availably time, countdown clock has started ticking. Due to confidentiality concerns I cannot provide further information regarding availability time of SD1.

Please keep checking it from the closest Sigma representative in your country.

Kind Regards,

Vuslat Tatar


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 Countdown clock has started ticking..

  1. Funny how this info get’s out and around. I found a link regarding release date here, for October in Australia.

    Well there’s probably someone here who can verify the truth of it.


  2. Alberto says:


  3. Peter says:

    You can always tell when a new camera launch is imminent because the old camera versions come up for sale on German e bay. It’s no good launching a new SLR if you have lots of SD15’s in stock.

    Anyway, I’m happy they do things this way because it gave me the opportunity to buy at a price I could afford.

    • Person says:

      Looks like Vulsat Tatar is a Sigma HQ section chief, so this is really significant news!!

      Are the SD15s flooding ebay Germany now?

  4. Christian Hass says:

    I’ve seen the SD15 with a Sigma 18-200 (non OS) offered for around €750 buyout on German Ebay. New mind you.
    I’m very tempted, but I’ll wait to see the price of SD1 before I do anything I’ll regret.

  5. Peter says:

    I paid Euro 382 for a new SD15 with a 18 – 50mm F 3,5 – 5,6 DC lens. I don’t expect to regret it or to ever loose money on it whatever the SD1 can do. I feel like I just won the lottery.
    I suspect that the SD1 will only really come into its own when you need to blow up the size of a photograph or part of the photograph.
    I suspect that if the SD1 is successful, the second hand value of the older models will probably increase just because the public will see the advantage of the Sigma technology but not be able to afford the latest model prices.
    I wish Sigma every success with it’s new camera because I honestly believe everybody wins.

  6. Dominick says:

    Wow ! Peter, where did you find the S15 for that price ? I want one !!!

  7. Dan says:

    Sigma needs to release the milestone SD1 soon to commemorate its 50-year anniversary.

  8. Jeff says:

    Exciting news, thanks for sharing!

    Just my opinion, but I think a lot more people are rooting for the SD1 than meets the eye. It’s not just Sigma users that are watching this closely. If Sigma can pull this off (and I think they can), I expect the “revolution” their marketing has been unfurling will (slowly but surely) become a reality for the enthusiast/pro market. Sure the FF purists will stick with Canikon, and the standard consumers will go for the current entry-model contenders, but I can imagine the enthusiast/pro crowd pushing the SD1 to sell an order of magnitude more than any of its SD predecessors…eventually leading to other bodies reaching broader audiences. :)

  9. I am doing a train photo show next weekend featuring my work with my SD14 over the past 3 years with it. I recently shot New Mexico with a friend and he was blown away by the color that I got compared to his shots with his 50D.
    Here is my Keeper
    As a camera I hate using it compared to my Nikons but the output stands apart.

  10. Billy Chan says:

    I forwarded this to Carl and share with anyone who is longing for the available of SD1. I guess many of you are worrying about the production is influenced by the recent disaster in Japan. This email may could comfort some of you, as some of you may know one very major Sigma factory is located in Aizu, Fukushima.

    Personally, i truly wish the Japanese people can recover soon and excellent Japanese brand like Sigma, Canon, Nikon can keep releasing high quality products as before.

    I do really appreciate with Sigma’s prompt response to customer enquiry, especially in this hard time of them.

  11. PeteD says:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Sigma has said they intend launching the SD1 in June 2011 and in Germany ?

  12. René de Wit says:

    I have been looking for the introduction of the Sigma SD1 for some time know. Living in the Netherlands I can confirm, that the SD1 will come out at the end of June. This has been announced by Jan Willem Verschuren, the general manager of SIGMA Benelux (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxemberg)

    • Person says:

      Wow, has this been published anywhere?

      The question is, will the SD1 be released earlier in different markets? It seems likely that the dates will vary.

    • Joshua says:

      End of June! It is still too long to me. I hope it could show up at the end of this month. > <"

      • Person says:

        Latest word on twitter is that there will be an announcement tomorrow!

        Ship date and pricing will be revealed, so my guess is that the actual shipping will be in June.

  13. Hulyss says:

    So Carl :) Do U like it or no ? ;)

  14. rtrski says:

    He probably can’t answer until at least tomorrow, if Twitter is right….

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