For those that thought that the Sigma SD1 was a tad expensive and that the DP series had too few pixels, well, now it’s the time to think again! With Sigmas new CEO Kazuto Yamaki making the decisions we now have a quite different playground and to start of the new year Sigma yesterday presented the new Merrill series. The name Merrill as a hint to the one guy that once started Foveon back in 1997 and that invented the basics for the three layered sensor we now see.
The new SD1 Merrill is basically the same camera as the original SD1 only with a new name AND perhaps more importantly, a new price tag. Street price will likely land around $2.200 which makes it extremely affordable compared to just a few days ago. It’s also, thanks to firmware upgrades a much better camera today compared to the day it was released last summer.
The DP1 and DP2 Merrill now share the same, bigger sensor as the SD1 and they also received new optics including FLD glass (which is a as awesome as it gets type of glass).
But Sigma didn’t stop there! For those that already bought an SD1 Sigma will have a program in place that gives those buyers lenses for the extra amount payed. It’s not in place just yet but will likely be around the time the new Merrills are released in March of 2012. (Although I can’t find a specific release date for the two compacts)
This is good news. And according to my mailbox, lots of people like Sigmas new move! Now go save some money and let Sigma know how much we love this! :D