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Sigma Announces Exciting New dp1 Quattro and LVF-01

By Paul Monaghan on September 12th 2014

As expected, Sigma announced the newest version of the Quattro series with the dp1. This camera shares the same body and features of the Dp2 Quattro and, as such, has a lot of nice updates over the older Merrill version. One of the more notable updates is a new redesigned lens which aims to improve image quality over the older generation. Sigma dp1  (1)The dp1 Quattro utilizes a newly developed, fixed 19mm F2.8 wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera. That is specifically designed and optimized to pair with Sigma’s new Quattro sensor, making it the widest of the dp Quattro trio of cameras. One FLD glass element paired with two glass mold aspherical lenses minimize aberration. An optimized telecentric design improves image quality throughout the frame to maximize the resolution power of the Foveon sensor.

I found the image quality from the older Dp1 Merrill pretty amazing, so I can’t wait to see what the new version is capable off. Another thing that has me excited and was rather unexpected, is the new LVF-01, an LCD loupe designed by Sigma for the Quattro series.

It’s an odd thing to get excited about, but this would enable me to use the camera in a more traditional sense while seeing what the camera is doing, as well as keeping the hot shoe free for flash work unlike the optical add on vf-31. Sigma dp1  (2) The LVF-01 has a magnification of  2.5 times and a diopter adjustment from -2 to +1  which should allow most photographers to have a large clear view of the LCD for composition and checking focus when attached. If you would like to know more about the Quattro series cameras feel free to check out my previous article on the Dp2 Quattro which should give you a good idea of what to expect from the Dp1 Quattro.

Paul Monaghan is a self-taught photographer from Scotland and owner of a small photographic studio just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. Over the years photography has not only helped him document the life of his four kids, it’s also lead him to work on some amazing projects, make friends all over the world and gives him the tools he needs to bring Ideas in his head to life. Visit his websitehere.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Al cu

    I’m looking forward to the dp3 , I’m making a list of reasons to buy a camera I can only use 10% of the time . Its kinda of like my 300zx from the 90’s

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    • Paul Monaghan

      I have the dp3m and I use it much more than I though I would.

      As a studio camera its pretty great for almost anything if you have the working space, I Shoot anything from head shots to full length body shots with it as well as objects due to its close focusing.

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  2. Mark Iuzzolino

    Not familiar with this one but looks cool.

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    • Paul Monaghan

      Mark the sigma dp series are pretty special little cameras if you like shooting around base iso as you get great iq in a smallish package.

      I love them for strobe work as they can sync flash upto 1/2000 due to the leaf shutter.

      The Merrill series are going pretty cheap atm in places around the world, £330 in the uk which is an unbelievable amount of iq for the money but they do come with some limitations.

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