First images taken with my Sigma SD Quattro


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Yes, you read that right, my Sigma SD Quattro has arrived and I’ve already had a chance to take some photos with Sigma’s very first “EVIL”. It’s too early to go into everything that was changed or improved in comparison with the SD1 Merrill. We are talking about a change of concept, from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera, after all. 😉

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What I’m willing to divulge, is that I find it great that my existing lenses still work as intended and that thanks to the EVF useful features, such as focus peaking, have been included. I would also like to give a useful tip to those photographers, who are about to order a SD Quattro or a SD H Quattro: update your firmware ASAP! You will not regret it. The boost to autofocus speed is huge! The difference between the firmware versions 1.01 and 1.07 is like night and day. What’s interesting as well is the option to save RAWs as DNG files (available since FW version 1.04), in order to edit them in Lighroom and other, similar RAW converters. I didn’t have time to test this out yet. But don’t worry, I will test it out thoroughly and will discuss it in my review of the camera, which will be up before the end of the month.

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  1. Amazing set of first images. But despite the gain for the auto focus which I find challenging and painful sometimes on my SD1M, I’m still unsure about the real gain to move to SDQ/SDQH on the image quality side. Thank’s a lot.

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    1. Hi Laurent!

      Thanks for your kind comment, it’s very much appreciated!

      As for the difference in IQ between the Quattro and the Merrill sensors, it’s a rather complicated topic and not as clear cut, as some people on the internet make it out to be. In fact it’s so nuanced, that I had to discuss it in a number of blog posts, where I compared the DP2 Quattro with the DP2 Merrill and DP3 Merrill. What I had compared was noise performance, highlight headroom, shadow noise and color saturation in the shadows. You can read all about it in the following posts:

      https://fotogenerell-international.com/2014/09/01/sigma-dp2q-vs-dp2m-part-1-noise-performance/
      https://fotogenerell-international.com/2014/10/11/sigma-dp2q-vs-dp2m-part-2-highlight-headroom/
      https://fotogenerell-international.com/2014/11/06/sigma-dp2q-vs-dp2m-part-3-how-noisy-are-the-shadows/
      https://fotogenerell-international.com/2015/02/17/sigma-dp2q-vs-dp3m-color-saturation-in-the-shadows/

      Keep in mind, however, that these comparisons involve the Merrill sensor vs the smaller of the two Quattro sensors. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to try out the SD Quattro H, but I’m guessing, that it’s bigger sensor will perform better accros the board.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Regards,
      Lars

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  2. BTW, which set of lens did you use ? your pictures are awesome, thank’s a lot .

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    1. Hi Laurent!

      Thanks again, mate!

      I shot these with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. It was very good on the SD1M and is still very good on the SDQ. It’s obviously not as sharp as DP lenses, but hardly any interchangable lens is. 30/2.8 and 50/2.8 are simply in a league of their own. Zwinkerndes Smiley

      Regards,
      Lars

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