A SIGMA sd Quattro, 30mm f/1.4 Art, and 21:9 Monochrome DNGs.

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As mentioned in earlier posts (here and here) one of the things I really like about Quattro Foveon sensor cameras…

SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4
sd and dp2

…is that they force you to commit to the chosen crop and color theme.

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 here 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 here 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 aspect ratio (X-Pan in 35mm and 6×6, 6×7, 645, and 6×9 with medium format for example) require that you commit to the color profile (film type) 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

One of my favorite things to do is combine Monochrome with a 21:9 crop for a bootleg XPan DNG experience.

Welp. Enough of that. Here are a few quick snaps taken while running errands recently. Great fun. Started off at SE Camera.

SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
Guillermo at the wheel. Wilson and myself.
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
Dillon
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
Guillermo
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art

Then out and about.

SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art
SIGMA sd Quattro - 30mm f/1.4 Art

Mind you these were not aspirational shots. Just some quick snaps while out and about. I definitely need to slow down and practice my framing in order to make the best use of this set up. But even as is I am very pleased with the detail and subtle tones of these images.

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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