Sigma News & Rumors: DP2Q Price leaked in Japan, 50mm f/1.4 Art in Extensive 50mm Comparison Test


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After a three-week silent period, diverse sources have published further info on the DP2 Quattro. The picture of an advert showing the Japanese price of 109.620 Yen including VAT was posted on Twitter. With the current exchange rate, that’s 778 euro. From experience, however, we know that prices of Asian electric appliances are considerably higher in Europe than in the U.S. or in Japan. Often, Dollar prices are converted at a ratio of 1:1, which would correspond to €1000 in this case. According to Sigma-Rumors, the launch of the Quattro will be delayed. The reason for this is said to be a modification of the camera and new functions. What is meant by this isn’t stated by the source of Sigma-Rumors. It could be due to the poor business situation of semiconductormanufacturer Dongbu HiTek, where the new Quattro sensor is being produced.

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Noteworthy as well is the fact that Sigma updated their Japanese DP2Q website. You can now see screenshots of the tool panel from Sigma Photo Pro 6. The color circle was replaced by a square, additional features now include default color settings such as “Sunset Red”, “Forest Green”, “Fov Classic Yellow” and “Cinema”.

Lens Rentalscompared nine highly fast 50ies. The most expensive lens in this test is the Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux, which comes at a price of €9000, the cheapest one is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art. Featured as well are the Otus, the “regular” and the APO Summicron, the Summilux and further Zeiss and Voigtländer lenses. Bottom line: the 50/2 APO Summicron and the 50/1.4 Summilux have the highest resolution at open aperture, but the Otus and Sigma are better corrected and come pretty close to the expensive Leicas when stopped down to f/2. The Sigma gains a lot when stopped down by this one aperture stop, so much that it even overtakes the Otus and almost reaches the APO Summicron. Considering that the APO Summicron is a €6000 expensive 50/2 lens, the results the 50/1.4 Art has achieved in this comparison test are excellent.

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