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Have read many reviews on many DSLR's, I have narrowed it down to a Sigma SD14, with lots of lense options from sigma this could be the system to go with. Any users have this setup? Is the power grip a must or just nice to have for more comfort. What is the software included with the kit like?..

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You are presumably aware that the Sigma SD14 and earlier Sigma DSLRs use quite different sensor technology to all other DSLRs made by Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus etc. Sigma uses a Foveon sensor which has three photosites for each pixel of the output image, one each for red, green and blue. Other sensors have one photosite for each output pixel and recreate colours using something called "Bayer Interpolation"..

Sigma cameras have significant advantages and significant disadvantages compared to other DSLRs and you should be well aware of these before deciding to buy one..

Try posting on the Sigma SLR Forum.Chris R..

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I have been following your thread in the Sigma SLR Forum and see that the replies aren't particularly useful for you. Unfortunately the SD14 doesn't seem to have been reviewed on this or any of the other major review sites, probably because Sigma hasn't supplied the camera for testing. However, you can read the reviews of the earlier SD10 and SD9 on this site if you wish..

I am going to quote some passages from a reputable UK photo magazine, Amateur Photographer, to highlight some of the issues with the SD14..

"Photographers wishing for a camera that produces perfect print-ready images without using a computer every time are unlikely to be satisfied with the SD14 and should seek an alternative............If you find sitting at the computer a tedious chore, then you should give the SD14 a wide berth.".

This is not a camera for a beginner. If you are a beginner, look at an entry level Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic or Samsung instead. They can all use Sigma lenses anyway.Chris R..

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Chris R-UK wrote:.

This is not a camera for a beginner. If you are a beginner, look atan entry level Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic orSamsung instead. They can all use Sigma lenses anyway.Chris R.

Thats for this info, it's my first DSLR so if it's not for a beginner I should stay clear...

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NewbieInKingston wrote:.

Chris R-UK wrote:.

This is not a camera for a beginner. If you are a beginner, look atan entry level Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic orSamsung instead. They can all use Sigma lenses anyway.Chris R.

Thats for this info, it's my first DSLR so if it's not for a beginner Ishould stay clear..

Not necessarily true. If you want to spend some time learning the strengths and weaknesses of the SD14 and how to expoe properly, you'll be rewarded. If you're the type of user who wants to put the camera in auto mode and then fire away, you may be better off with another brand. When you get it right, the results from the SD14 are great.My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

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Chris R-UK wrote:.

I have been following your thread in the Sigma SLR Forum and see thatthe replies aren't particularly useful for you. Unfortunately theSD14 doesn't seem to have been reviewed on this or any of the othermajor review sites, probably because Sigma hasn't supplied the camerafor testing. However, you can read the reviews of the earlier SD10and SD9 on this site if you wish..

Actually, dpreview acknowledged way back that they had a camera from Sigma. They've decided not to review it most likely because they now review what is of most interest and the SD14 is a niche camera..

I am going to quote some passages from a reputable UK photo magazine,Amateur Photographer, to highlight some of the issues with the SD14."Photographers wishing for a camera that produces perfect print-readyimages without using a computer every time are unlikely to besatisfied with the SD14 and should seek an alternative............Ifyou find sitting at the computer a tedious chore, then you shouldgive the SD14 a wide berth.".

Although the SD14 does shoot jpegs (the SD9 and SD10 were RAW only), it seems that there is detail that is lost when shooting jpegs. RAW yields better detail and color. My totally untechnical guess is that the processing engine for jpegs is still not what it should be. The Foveon takes a lot of processing power. A newer engine is used in the Sigma DP1 and it is suspected that the same engine will appear in the next Sigma DSLR..

This is not a camera for a beginner. If you are a beginner, look atan entry level Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic orSamsung instead. They can all use Sigma lenses anyway.Chris R.

My humble photo gallery: http://ntotrr.smugmug.com.

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window..

Comment #5

Thankyou both for the useful points, I mainly use auto settings. Some manual for night shoots but usually in daylight auto is for me...

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