A SIGMA dp2 Quattro, 21:9 Monochrome DNGs, and a quick stop through Dollar General.

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The blog post title sums it up. Ok, a little more.

Have mentioned this before but one of the things I really like about the SIGMA dp2 Quattro

Sigma dp2 Quattro

…is that it inclines you to commit.

Crop

When you choose a crop mode on most other cameras I have used it impacts the JPEG but the RAW file retains the sensor’s aspect ratio. This can be seen as a plus as it allows one to crop the photo as they wish later, but I do not. When I know I can edit the RAW file later as I wish I am not as motivated to make sure I get the framing right. But with the dp2 I need to make sure I get it right which, for me, improves the shooting experience and nets better image results.

Monochrome (Similar to the item above.)

When you choose Monochrome or any other image profile on most other cameras I have used it impacts the JPEG but the RAW file is not impacted. This can be seen as a plus as it allows one to adjust the color as they wish later, but I do not. When I know I can edit the RAW file later as I wish I am not as motivated to make sure I previsualize the image. But with the dp2 I need to make sure I get it right which, for me, improves the shooting experience and nets better image results.

Both of these traits are very welcome to a friend of film, like myself, where the film emulsion, film format, and camera require that you commit to the color profile and aspect ratio in advance.

On top of that, I really like the Monochrome images that these Foveon sensors…

Sigma dp2 Quattro

…can produce.

21:9 in camera crop SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4
Prior Example w/ a SIGMA sd Quattro
21:9 - Monochrome - SIGMA dp2 Quattro
Prior dp2 Quattro Example

So much so that this odd little camera has remained while more typically aspirational cameras have moved on. But more on that in a later post.

Welp. Enough of that. Here are a few quick snaps taken while running errands today. Great fun.

Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG
Sigma dp2 Quattro - 21:9 - B&W DNG

Wrap up.

A sensible choice? Still no. As I always say there are many more practical options on the market. But I will continue hanging out with this oddball just the same.

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