You could sell the Audi Quattro and buy the whole Sigma Foveon line-up. Just a thought 🙂 Which brings us to the Sigma SD Quattro H mirrorless camera, it is now in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $1200 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. Yes, Sigma has mirrorless APS-H cameras that take Sigma SA lenses. Yet Nikon insisted on the 1-inch system 🙂
If you are a fan of Foveon and Big Sensor Primes, all four of Sigma’s dp Quattro big sensor primes are going for $699 each with 4% promotional rewards at B&H Photo, along with the DP2 Merrill (not a Quattro, not an Audi either).
This is the year of miracles and wonders. Not only do we finally get the Pentax Unicorn but now we have a Foveon sensor that is breaking the APS-C glass ceiling. Sigma has two new SD-series interchangeable-lens cameras, the Sigma SD Quattro H with an APS-H sensor, and the Sigma SD Quattro with an APS-C sensor. These are mirrorless cameras that take Sigma SA Lenses that are part of the Sigma Global Vision. No prices and no pre-order options as of the time of writing, but having product pages is a step in the right direction.
The Sigma DP3 Quattro Big Foveon Sensor Prime is down to $699 at authorized Sigma dealers, but you can get a little more, Adorama is offering 4% promotional rewards (around $28) to be used on future purchases. The rewards happen automatically when you place the order, there’s no coupon to enter.
If you are comfortable with imported grey-market camera gear and at the same time you like the convenience of Prime shipping and Amazon Customer Support, Amazon seller “AKIBA JAPAN” is offering the Sigma SD1 Merrill DSLR with the 17-50 mm F2.8 EX DC OS lens for $1241 with free shipping. This is fulfilled by Amazon, so it ships from an Amazon USA warehouse. In other words, they shipped a box of cameras from Japan to Amazon USA storage facilities. If you are a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping.
NOTE: this is a Japanese model. There are two reviews with three comments on them over there with a few details on this particular option. If any of the above make you uncomfortable, do not buy!
B&H Photo has two brand new cameras in-stock and ready to ship. They will be accepting orders again Saturday PM. They are:
UPDATE: the E-M5 II Limited Edition is also in stock for $1200 at Adorama.
Meanwhile, the niche-within-a-niche hiding in the nooks and crannies of another niche-within-a-niche, a “Mean Girls” way of saying a Sigma DSLR, the Sigma SD1 body only goes for $2000 with 4% promotional rewards (=4%).
This limited time sale ended…
The three Sigma DP-series Merrill generation big sensor primes are currently on sale at Adorama. The DP3 Merrill goes for $540, while the DP2 and DP1 go for $600 each… Corrected name confusion DP1/DP3.