Sigma execs contract advance Mad Cow disease

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, May 20, 2011.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    RichA, May 20, 2011
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  2. Pete Stavrakoglou, May 20, 2011
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    RichA Guest

    Or maybe concerning the renegade designer can be described by a line
    from "Apocalypse Now:"
    "He had no official clearance, he just thought it up and did it. What
    balls..."
     
    RichA, May 20, 2011
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    Mike Guest

    Mike, May 21, 2011
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    Bowser Guest

    Check their site. The kit that includes the SD1 body and the 85mm 1.4
    lens is below $8K. I'm guessing that they'll introduce the body
    somewhere below $7K. Still an outrageous amount of money for a sub-frame
    prosumer body that is restricted to Sigma lenses.

    Let's see, should I buy a Nikon D3x, Canon 1Ds III, or a Sigma SD1?

    Hmmm.....

    Rich, I would have titled this thread "Joke of the Decade."
     
    Bowser, May 21, 2011
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    dj_nme Guest

    I think even the most hardened Sigma critic might be tempted at US $120.
    That would be a very hard loss-leader to bring in new Sigma SA lens
    customers.
     
    dj_nme, May 22, 2011
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    Mr. Strat Guest

    Mr. Strat, May 23, 2011
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    Guest Guest

    not anymore they don't. even the sigma fanbois have given up and are
    calling for a boycott.
     
    Guest, May 23, 2011
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  9. [Sigma]
    When your livelihood depends on that, you pretty much take it
    seriously. (Mine doesn't.)

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 23, 2011
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  10. They make some good lenses. The 70/2.8 macro is great and the 12-24 zoom is
    a blast (there's a new version coming out; the old version is _very_ good
    for tight interiors, but IQ at the corners outdoors (in my copy at all but
    14 mm) is problematic, so I'll grab the new version the instant it's
    released).

    Many of their lenses are _for the price_ products, and as such are very
    good, useful tools for a lot of people.

    Grumble. I'm off to an exotic foreign city* half way around the world
    Friday, and I'd love to take the new 12-24 with my, but it's not out yet. So
    I thought I'd blow some serious money and get the Canon 8-15mm fisheye
    instead. One of the reasons I've passed on fisheyes so far is that I can't
    decide FF or circular. I like both effects, but they are both below my
    threshold for getting used enough to be worth lugging. So despite the insane
    price, the 8-15 isn't completely unreasonable. But it isn't out yet either.
    Sheesh.

    *: Boston, MA<g>.
     
    David J. Littleboy, May 24, 2011
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  11. RichA

    Mr. Strat Guest

    I did photography professionally for many years, and never wasted a
    dime on Sigma's crappy products.
     
    Mr. Strat, May 24, 2011
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  12. Their recent 8-16mm wide angle for crop sensor cameras is newer
    technology than the old 12-24mm, and is very good indeed. At the
    moment it's hard to compare it with the competition, because there
    isn't any :)
    If you can put up with a totally fully manual lens, the (nominally)
    8mm Samyang fisheye is FF on crop sensors (the 180 degree circle is
    exscribed on the sensor rectangle) and circular on FF. It also has a
    new projection which compresses the edges less which IIRC some call
    "stereographic". Makes more of the image useful for such things as
    group portraits in confined spaces, and allows it to be "unfished"
    with less loss of resolution.
     
    Chris Malcolm, May 24, 2011
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    PeterN Guest

    I tested one when it first came out, at Sigma HQ, where I expected they
    would give me a decent one.
    For reasons previously stated, I decided it was a POC.
     
    PeterN, May 24, 2011
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  14. And there are those who don't waste a dime on Canon or Nikon and
    do professional photography.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 25, 2011
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  15. RichA

    Mr. Strat Guest

    Having done photography in many contexts for 45 years, it's pretty easy
    to distinguish between Sigma and quality equipment.
     
    Mr. Strat, May 25, 2011
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    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 26, 2011
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    Mr. Strat Guest

     
    Mr. Strat, Jun 12, 2011
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