The Sigma DP1 Quattro Sees Daylight for the First Time

A sunflower enjoying the warm early summer weather (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

A sunflower enjoying the warm early summer weather (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

No one buys the DP1 Quattro for its low light capabilities. Colors fade away fast and the image starts to fall apart quickly as you move away from its base ISO. Last night when I brought the camera home there was very little light left and I was forced into shooting around the house. The DP1Q doesn’t really shine as an indoor camera, so you can understand why I was excited to let the DP1Q see sunlight for the first time. I grabbed a few shots on the way to lunch with friends, so time wasn’t really on my side and many of these shots were grabbed mid-stride. This is a little disappointing, because a camera that resolves as well as this one does deserves a very stable platform or a tripod.

Looking out on the world

Looking out on the world

Yellow leaves in the shade (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

Yellow leaves in the shade (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

I finally got a chance to play around with some of the X3F files and was expecting the worst, especially since I’m working with an iMac from early 2009. I’m very, very happy to report that I find the raw file conversion time absolutely acceptable on a machine of this age. The X3F files are between 50MB and 60MB and take just under a minute to convert from raw. I can live with that, for now.

First to lunch at the local ramen shop (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

First to lunch at the local ramen shop. Those reds! (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

One of today's ramen orders, not the one pictured below (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

One of today’s ramen orders, not the one pictured below (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

This is one spicy bowl of ramen (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

This is one spicy bowl of ramen (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

Very pleased with the colors this Foveon sensor spits out (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

Very pleased with the colors this Foveon sensor spits out (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

Pen on desk (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

Pen on desk (Sigma DP1 Quattro, raw edited, converted jpeg and resized)

The Sigma PhotoPro 6 software will take a little getting used to. Since I have less than 30 minutes of hands on time with the program I can’t really say what its strengths and weaknesses are, so we’ll save that for a later post.

All of the images in this post were edited to taste from raw, X3F files and saved as jpegs. Images posted here hardly do justice to the Foveon sensor. If you’re looking for a full size image let me know and I’ll get one out to you. Thanks for reading.

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