Summary: Nice camera, well built even built better than my Nikon D40X or my friends D5000. It has its shortcomings like slower buffer, sluggish in low lights, not good auto white balance, weird control settings and only compact flash memory.
Summary: Originally, wanted a camera that would allow my abilities to grow into. I was an early adopter of this camera (s/n-xxx1xxx) and paid not quite twice what they currently go for. I would not want any other camera. Put a quality piece of glass on it and watch you images come to life.
Pros: *Uses Foveon X3 sensor so images are naturally sharp. *Uses an identical battery to some Pentax and Minolta camera - extra's are relatively inexpensive. *Lots of RAW data overhead/ makes for easy/quick adjustments in post processing. *IR filter in front of mirror box (between lens and body) helps...
Cons: *Sigma SA mount lenses limits available lens selection/availablility. *Poor battery life. *Basically a 3 year old camera competing against the newest cameras from Can/Nik/Oly/Son/Pen. *To get the most out of an image you MUST 1)expose to the right, 2)post process the RAW data with the SPP softwar...
Summary: The Sigma Sd14 is a digital single-lens-reflex with interchangeable lenses. On first impression the Sigma SD14 is a big clunky camera; wider and taller than the Canon XTi, and XSi, and much much bigger than the Panasonic G1.
Summary: This is a truly amazing and different breed of DSRL on market. It should not be your first DSLR to buy because it is not an all around camera to use (IMO). If you are planning to buy your first DSLR, Nikon D60 or Canon XSi should be a better choice since that's what they're designed for.
Summary: Sigma SD14 is a fabulous camera, capable of producing exceptional, vivid and professional quality photos that can impress your friends, but it has several shortcomings.
I have used this camera for three months and took over 4000 pictures with these four Sigma lenses: 30mm f1.4, 50mm f2.8, 18-200mm...
Summary: Sigma SD14 is a fabulous camera, capable of producing exceptional, vivid and professional quality photos that can impress your friends, but it has several shortcomings. I have used this camera for three months and took over 4000 pictures with these four Sigma lenses: 30mm f1.4, 50mm f2.8, 18-200mm...
Summary: I have to say I purchased this camera to shoot IR. This is something you can't do with other DSLR cameras. I can shoot at 50 ISO I can still shoot IR point and click and do it hand held. However you do need to guess on framing your shot.
Pros: Can easly remove the IR cut filter. And can be used for IR photography with great success. Cost is low and image quality is outstanding. Better than the Canon below ISO 200.
Cons: Lots of noise at ISO 800 and above. Slow Buffer, very slow shooting in raw in high speed. VERY SLOW. Battery life is poor compared to the Canon.
Summary: A very nice camera. come as a bargain with the 18-200mm os lens. Easy to use. I never imagined that a dslr is this easy to use after all. Although ive been using my hg10 hd camcorder for some time. Really blown away by the quality shots from this camera. I love this more than my camcorder now.
Pros: Sensor sharpness, nice colors, easy to use after a while.
Cons: Slow writing using raw, but you may use jpeg which is of course lower quality when blown up. need an extra battery. An external flash would make this camera "perfect"
Summary: I've had an SD14 for a little over a month--and it has taken me this long to begin to get the hang of Sigma's RAW file conversion in SPP 2.3 (this is Sigma's updated RAW conversion software for Mac's that must be downloaded, so far--new SPP 3.1 is apparently on the way).
Summary: When everything is great, out of doors, lots of light and color, this camera can't be beat. Move to poor lighting or tough conditions and it becomes impossible to manage. Other reviewers have declared it to be a "fine arts" camera and definitely not an "event" camera. They are right.