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Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford
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Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford on 05/20/2011 08:32:10 MDT Print View

I was very interested in the Sigma SD1 because of the sensor, and knew this would be a high-end camera, carrying a high-end price. I just didn't expect the shell-shock of $9,700.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1105/11052010sigmasd1.asp

Dirk

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford on 05/20/2011 10:56:09 MDT Print View

I saw that and about choked. Sigma is definitely not a standard-issue camera company—they're proudly quirky. And maybe completely bonkers. However, suddenly the M9 seems quite the bargain. :-)

Cheers,

Rick

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford on 05/20/2011 13:18:02 MDT Print View

I thought there was something goofy in the price quote so I checked the Japanese site:

It's listed there as ¥70,000, which is about $860.00

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20110520_447248.html (It's at the top 7万円)

Sigma is not doing very well, and they cannot afford to miss with this camera. ¥9,700 would be an insane marketing move.

Edited by butuki on 05/20/2011 13:20:29 MDT.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Miguel, I have no reason to doubt you on 05/20/2011 15:19:12 MDT Print View

But Sigma's US site is stating that it has an MSRP of 9,700
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/news/sigma-corporation-of-america-to-ship-sd1-camera-in-early-june

However, the site also shows KITS going for cheaper than the body by itself. (around 7,800 U.S.).

I can't believe they would sell that body for less than $2,000. The DP2 compact is going for $570 right now.

Edited by dirk9827 on 05/20/2011 17:41:58 MDT.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford on 05/20/2011 15:23:13 MDT Print View

For that kind of money I'd be getting a digital rangefinder with a script L on it.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Miguel, I have no reason to doubt you on 05/20/2011 15:32:15 MDT Print View

The smaller-chip SD15 lists for US$1500 and streets for about a thousand, so my guess is Miguel's source is missing a digit. Nobody has corrected their earlier articles, which I'd think Sigma would have been frantically working towards had the figure been inaccurate by a factor of ten.

I'd still be interested in Sigma releasing a µ4/3 Foveon body and lenses, but they seem to have their hands full.

Cheers,

Rick

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Miguels mistake on 05/20/2011 17:20:11 MDT Print View

Miguel made a mistake. The article he linked to clearly states MSRP of 700,000 yen NOT 70,000. Discounted retail prices at mid-Jume launch indicate 630,000 yen, or ~US$7,700

Edited by rmjapan on 05/20/2011 17:21:55 MDT.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Miguels mistake on 05/20/2011 18:27:44 MDT Print View

Oops! Sorry! It was 2:00 in the morning!

At least it's cheaper than $9,700 right?

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Sigma SD1....and another camera I can't afford on 05/20/2011 21:49:05 MDT Print View

Your 2 a.m. reason is good enough for me! I have a hard time buying a camera that cost more than my last (albeit used) car.

Dirk

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Miguels mistake on 05/20/2011 22:20:52 MDT Print View

No worries Miguel. Hey, if everybody in Japan gets raptured but you, can you go grab a prototype to try out? (I don't understand how this is supposed to work.)

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Cheers,

Rick