Recently, we had the opportunity to play with the world’s weirdest point and shoot camera: one of the versions of the Sigma DP Quattro. Besides having a sensor with medium format performance, the ergonomics and design are a bit out of this world. Though we handled a pre-production model, we were still scratching our heads about the camera.
You’ve bought your first camera and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.
When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.
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Earlier this week, Sigma announced its new semi-futuristic Quattro series of cameras: the DP1, DP2 and DP3. With new innards and a completely redesigned exterior, the Quattro cameras have left everybody scratching their heads. The design suggests that this is what a camera would look like had it been made on another planet, and Hasselblad is penning its farewell. [click to continue…]
Sigma is updating their point and shoot line with what they’re called their dp Quatro series. The new cameras were apparently redesigned to incorporate a new sensor, body, lens and processor. Like their predecessors there will be three cameras: the DP1, DP2, and DP3. All of them will have f2.8 lenses that equate to 28mm, 45mm and 75mm accordingly. When we tested the DP3, we were blown away by the quality that the lens and sensor combo gave us though at first being a tad hesitant about the camera.
Sigma has chosen to stick with the Foveon sensor and in many aspects we see why. The sensors are capable of delivering tons of detail and some of the best colors that we’ve seen in tests while also giving very film-like black and white results in the high ISO arena. They surely can’t stand up to conventional CMOS and X Trans sensors in the high ISO realm, but they’re still quite excellent when used correctly.
The new cameras feature a 39MP Foveon sensor (APS-C 1.5x crop size). The new sensor is called the X3 Quatro and Sigma is saying that it offers 30% higher resolution, faster data processing and lower power needs. The key feature in the new design is that the top layer (a blue layer) is broken into four quadrants with the green and red layers underneath being a single piece.
Hopefully, Adobe Lightroom support will come soon. Specs are more photos are after the jump. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later time.
Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.
Documenting daily life as it happens can become incredibly addicting. The mere act of capturing an expression or a scene then looking back on it and never seeing that person again is one that can keep you shooting over and over until you capture a moment that you feel is perfect. Now, you can use a ton of different gear to do that, but when you’re really trying to get into street photography there are some selections that are better than others. And if you’re also trying to do this at a more affordable price, we’ve got a couple of suggestions for you.
When Isidro Villo, an associate physics professor in Spain who is deeply interested in astronomy as well as photography, set out to create what he calls a “deep sky time-lapse” video, it was too years ago. After all, he needed to build a rigging that could automate the optical zoom of Sigma super telephoto lens as well as the exposure time he was using to make the video possible. And it was definitely well worth the wait.
Using a Canon 5D Mark II, a modified Canon 450D, a zoom telephoto Sigma 50-500mm lens, a teleconverter, and a Meade LX80 mount, Villo successfully captured the interstellar cloud in the Sierra Nevada region in Andalusia, Spain in all its glory.
In his awesome new time-lapse video, he takes us to an awesome journey from Earth to the reds and swirls of the Orion nebula 1,344 light years away. This here is no ordinary faraway shot of the Orion constellation where you can just barely make out the M42 nebula. With his makeshift apparatus, he managed to really zoom in to the nebula; and he did it so well that when you’re watching the video, you’ll feel as if you are being taken on a nice relaxing magic carpet ride to it.
Fittingly called M42: A Journey to the Orion Nebula, this 2-minute video will take to the mysterious and fascinating territory that is the deep space. See it after the jump.