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Sigma Releases Price For SD Quattro | Gunning For Sony

By Kishore Sawh on June 25th 2016

Sigma’s favorite bedtime story and parable, apparently, is David & Goliath. The company, under some new leadership, stepped out of the shadow of Nikon and Canon when they released their Art series of lenses, and well, haven’t looked back since.

The Art series, every last one in the line, has been somewhat of an unprecedented success, with a simple formula of offering name-brand-or-better performance at a cost that makes for no contest. They’re also rather pretty, and all of this means they are largely sought after by working and enthusiast photographers who are looking for compromise nowhere but in price. Sigma seems hopeful the same market will adopt their SD Quattro which is sticking to the Art series’ formula for success.

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Sigma’s SD Quattro has large shoes to fill in its effort to make a place for itself among the mirrorless bodies, and when it was announced in February we all paused to take a look, but it’s hard to say if many were sold. There was no true mention of price, and most still don’t know what a foveon sensor is, and it just seemed to be full of design simply for design’s sake – it was different.

But differentiating could be key to success here, and now that they’ve revealed the camera is going to come in at $799, it’s likely to garner some real attention. Figure that and the fact there’s a bundle that comes with a 30mm f/1.4 Art lens and the bundle comes in for $999, and many more will perk up.

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There will be two variants of the Sd Quattro; a standard model with a 29MP APS-C Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Sensor (though Sigma claims it’s sensor resolution is equivalent to 39MP), and an H variant with a whopping 45MP APS-H Foveon X3 Quattro CMOS Sensor. Both take the Sigma SA mount, both have phase and contrast detection AF, and both come with a rather unremarkable 3.8fps in continuous mode. Sure, that’s not great, but you get other things, such as weather sealing, and a nice EVF.

[REWIND: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art Review | A Wide Lens In A League Of Its Own]

If we consider the quality of what Sigma has been putting out, this could really be something to pay attention to, and the bundle coming in under $1000 is highly impressive. Consider, for instance that the Sony a6300, as amazing as it is, is the same price but with no lens, much less one as nice as the 30 Art. It seems clear that Sigma is really trying to hone in on that very market, and we’d likely be wise to pay attention.

You can order yours here:

Sigma SD Quattro

Sigma SD Quattro 30mm 1.4 Art bundle

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  1. Dave Haynie

    As usual, Sigma is playing very fast and loose with the word “pixel” here. Each of these chips is formed of three layers of sensors. The top layer is the actual pixel resolution, the next two layers each 1/4 the full resolution. For the APS-C, that’s 19.6Mpixels on the top layer, for the APS-H (26.6 x 17.9mm), that’s 25.5Mpixels. The additional layers let the system calculate colors based on the known absorption of light by silicon based on depth… not really RGB as dipicted in their illustrations. But certainly no Bayer filter. The loss of light through the silicon limits the ISO to 6400, and it’s probably not much good over ISO1600.

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  2. adam sanford

    And where the hell are the details on the APS-H version? That’s an 800 pound gorilla hiding inside a nutty looking concept car — could be a real sleeper.

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  3. adam sanford

    These cameras are science projects, little more: the Sigma mount + a Foveon sensor is intended for enthusiasts who don’t mind a constraint or six.

    However, the CaNikon folks arguing for FF mirrorless *with no need for adaptors to use existing lenses* should have a hard look at the ‘it’s a skinny body but its a full EF/FX mount’ idea that these Quattros are sporting.

    Some would argue that Canon and Nikon would be wise to abandon ‘small’ with FF mirrorless and just go for the jugular with a full FF mount, no adaptors required. It would look (at least from the top) a *lot* like these Quattros.

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  4. Colin Woods

    Gunning for Sony? Gunning for every camera maker in the world I think. And good on them.

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