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SigmaSD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.5

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91%

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Pros

  • Simple controls (8)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Large clear LCD (6)
  • Quiet (6)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

  • Slow sensor (3)

Best Uses

  • Art (9)
  • Travel (8)
  • Fun (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Portraits (3)
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Clunky, but amazing images

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...Read complete review

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. However, it doesn't feel extremely heavy which makes me think that it's mostly plastic. It does give the overall feeling that it was designed for people with big hands, but in practice, while a fist-full, the controls fell nicely under my fingers—a comfortable grip that balances well. The 2.5 inch LCD screen, 150,000 pixels, is coarse and barely adequate for seeing the histogram and exposure info or to gauge the quality of your capture. The stop-down preview button is excellent, as is the QS (quick-set) button which makes it easy and fast to alter ISO, Format, and White Balance. The viewfinder is very clear and bright, and I really like Sigma's choice of placement for the Drive and Mode Dials at top. I was surprised at how well-dampened the camera was for vibration and noise.

Image quality: Highly detailed, rich, nuanced color. Usually amazingly beautiful. Even stunning at times. I find myself wowed by its quality. The Foveon sensor loves light and I found a big difference in the midtone tonalities just by adjusting from ISO 200 to 100. In sunlight at ISO 100 midtones are silky-smooth; but shooting at ISO 200 on an overcast day produced big, ugly, blotchy noise patterns in the midtones and shadows. (Here the Sigma DP1 is superior at ISO 200 and even 400.) Limiting oneself to shooting at ISO 100 especially when the camera lacks image-stabilization (only available in certain Sigma lenses) is annoying. Hopefully noise issues will be fixed with the new TRUE II processor in the Sigma SD15.

My gripes: Autofocus isn't always accurate; the "C" Dial (command Dial) collar surrounding the shutter release is WAY too stiff for single-finger pressure to change aperture/shutter speed/exposure-override combinations which require pressure from thumb-at-the-back and turning the dial at front. It felt awkward. (The design of the Canon Rebel series or the Panasonic G1 is superior in this respect.) The SD14 dial seems like it was designed for someone wearing gloves, which is strange because the camera is not weather-sealed for extreme temperatures. And processing shots is VERY slow. About 5-to-7 seconds (!) to save a RAW file, and if you shoot a burst of six-shots in RAW it takes a whopping 40 seconds to process all of them (30 seconds for JPEG burst). And while it's processing the camera is disabled. If you shoot one, then another, as "single-shots" you may not feel the pinch until you exceed the sixth shot. This is NOT the camera for sports or photo-journalism.

All in all, the Sigma is the "only game in town" if you want the Foveon sensor quality. (I find the Sigma DP1 to be faster at processing RAW files than the SD14.) Would I buy it again? Yes. The quality of its stunning images is unsurpassed (IMHO) but I'm definitely looking forward to improvements in the SD15.

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Too Slow

This camera is too slow. It fills up the buffer too fast then stops working. I wanted it to be good but it wasn't enough. Noise problems in low light. No RAW with...Read complete review

This camera is too slow. It fills up the buffer too fast then stops working. I wanted it to be good but it wasn't enough. Noise problems in low light. No RAW with JPEG. Can't use most lenses.

I bought another Rebel instead.

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4.0

A Niche Camera

By MR.FEESH

from Philly

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor Image Stabilization
  • Poor In Low Light
  • Short Battery Life
  • Small LCD Screen

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

This camera is not for everyone. The context of the technology into which the Foveon sensor is placed is not a very good one. This means things like ISO, white balance, and user interface will look downright horrid to those who are used to the technology of the big two camera companies. The truth of the matter is that because of this, the SD14 is a niche camera-- it's not meant for all shooting situations. When used in those situations which it is good for, it produces amazing results. It has many weaknesses, but if you use it for things like its film-like bokeh, ability to capture texture, and blatant crispness, you can produce stunning images better than those any Bayer mosaic sensor camera has ever produced. If you use it outside of those situations, you may be disappointed with your results. A good post processor is highly recommended.

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4.0

Clunky, but amazing images

By richmond

from New York, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Bright clear viewfinder
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Image Quality
  • Quick Set button a plus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Coarse LCD
  • No image stabilization
  • Slow Focus
  • Slow RAW save times

Best Uses

  • Art
  • Landscape
  • Portraits
  • Travel

Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

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. However, it doesn't feel extremely heavy which makes me think that it's mostly plastic. It does give the overall feeling that it was designed for people with big hands, but in practice, while a fist-full, the controls fell nicely under my fingers—a comfortable grip that balances well. The 2.5 inch LCD screen, 150,000 pixels, is coarse and barely adequate for seeing the histogram and exposure info or to gauge the quality of your capture. The stop-down preview button is excellent, as is the QS (quick-set) button which makes it easy and fast to alter ISO, Format, and White Balance. The viewfinder is very clear and bright, and I really like Sigma's choice of placement for the Drive and Mode Dials at top. I was surprised at how well-dampened the camera was for vibration and noise.

Image quality: Highly detailed, rich, nuanced color. Usually amazingly beautiful. Even stunning at times. I find myself wowed by its quality. The Foveon sensor loves light and I found a big difference in the midtone tonalities just by adjusting from ISO 200 to 100. In sunlight at ISO 100 midtones are silky-smooth; but shooting at ISO 200 on an overcast day produced big, ugly, blotchy noise patterns in the midtones and shadows. (Here the Sigma DP1 is superior at ISO 200 and even 400.) Limiting oneself to shooting at ISO 100 especially when the camera lacks image-stabilization (only available in certain Sigma lenses) is annoying. Hopefully noise issues will be fixed with the new TRUE II processor in the Sigma SD15.

My gripes: Autofocus isn't always accurate; the "C" Dial (command Dial) collar surrounding the shutter release is WAY too stiff for single-finger pressure to change aperture/shutter speed/exposure-override combinations which require pressure from thumb-at-the-back and turning the dial at front. It felt awkward. (The design of the Canon Rebel series or the Panasonic G1 is superior in this respect.) The SD14 dial seems like it was designed for someone wearing gloves, which is strange because the camera is not weather-sealed for extreme temperatures. And processing shots is VERY slow. About 5-to-7 seconds (!) to save a RAW file, and if you shoot a burst of six-shots in RAW it takes a whopping 40 seconds to process all of them (30 seconds for JPEG burst). And while it's processing the camera is disabled. If you shoot one, then another, as "single-shots" you may not feel the pinch until you exceed the sixth shot. This is NOT the camera for sports or photo-journalism.

All in all, the Sigma is the "only game in town" if you want the Foveon sensor quality. (I find the Sigma DP1 to be faster at processing RAW files than the SD14.) Would I buy it again? Yes. The quality of its stunning images is unsurpassed (IMHO) but I'm definitely looking forward to improvements in the SD15.

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5.0

best value

By livagain1

from Goshen NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Image Quality
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Fun
    • Landscape
    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    The Foveon chip gives excellent color rendition, the built in flash is handy, camera is easy to use and I have made 13x19 prints with excellent sharpness (OK image size is only 12 x 18 but I have also cropped a smaller area of a 'larger ' print . This is the second sigma digital camera I owned ( previously owned a SD10 ). Would I like to see other features sure, I'd like interchangable finders ( I was weaned on an ExactaVX . Maybe a 18 Mpixel chip
    also I'd like to see Sigma and foveon come out with a mid size camera ala Pracktica 6x6 w/ 45 Mpixel rez HLG

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    5.0

    Impressive

    By vitornut

    from Brazil

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Color quality
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy To Use
    • Quiet
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Sensor

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Fun
    • Landscapes
    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I have took pictures in RAW mode with Minolta A2, Leica V-LUX 1 and SD14 is very best!!!
    Not only the colors but deep details too.

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    5.0

    Infrared!

    By Joseph H

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Quiet
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Battery life
    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Infrared

    Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I bought an SD14 [...] and the 18-50mm lens (from B&H!) exclusively for shooting IR. I suspect that the SD14 does take excellent "normal" photos at 100-200 ISO, but what it does really well is take excellent IR photos.Configuring the SD14 for IR photography is easy. You remove the lens, then remove the (fragile) "dust cover," which is also the camera's hot mirror. (Put the dust cover in something suitably protective, where it won't be broken or lost.) Voila, the SD14 is now ultrasensitive to IR. Pop on anything from a 25 to an 89-series filter and you're ready to go. The sensor is very sensitive to IR relative to visible light, and if all you have is a 25 or 29 you will be fine - it's like shooting with HIE instead of one of the more limited response films that are still available. Shooting with an 87 or 89 has the acute disadvantage of having nothing but blackness in the viewfinder - a 29 is probably just fine for most purposes.At 100 ISO the images are clear and have very little noise. You can shoot through an 87 at around f/10, 1/60 sec in daylight (+/- umpteen stops, you know how IR is). The camera is *VERY* forgiving of overexposure when used to shoot B/W IR (I do my raw processing with Lightroom), which is wonderful, because again IR is such a fun-filled light for exposure.The camera focuses just fine with an opaque IR filter attached. I've shot the 18-50 at 50mm f/2.8 and it seems to produce in-focus IR shots. (It's certainly not going to produce something focused for visible light if there's none entering the lens.)I know it may seem like an extravagance to buy a body and lens just for shooting IR (I have a large closet full of EOS gear already), but then again, with the demise of HIE, and rolls going for [$] apiece [...], your options for long wavelength IR photography are limited. The best film alternative I've used is Rollei IR, and even though it's a relatively fast film, in order to get a moderate Wood effect you need to use an 87 filter, and that puts you at tripod speeds for many applications even in full daylight. With the SD14, you just point and shoot.I could have bought a used 10D or 20D and sent it off to be modified, but that wouldn't have been much cheaper than the SD14 with a dedicated lens. And with the SD14, you can pop the hot mirror back on (in 5-10 seconds) and turn it back into a normal visible light camera, which you can't do with a DSLR that has been modified.The camera is sensitive enough to IR that it works well with flash. You can use standard flash as-is, or cover the flash head with a visually opaque, IR-transmitting filter (a couple thicknesses of processed unexposed E-6 film should do the trick), the latter if you want to shoot in total darkness without a visible flash.The 18-50 works very well; I think I will spring for the 10-20 also.The camera seems to be well built. It's simple and easy to use and is devoid of frills.Cons: As everyone mentions, the camera's buffer is slow. The battery life is not awesome. Ehhh, it doesn't matter so much when there's no other camera that compares for the purpose. Just buy an extra battery or two.

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    4.0

    A patient RAW shooter's dream

    By DLJ

    from Canada

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • No better image quality
    • Quiet
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • ISO400 has noisebad AWB
    • No scene exposure modes
    • Slow buffer clearing
    • Vivid reds have cyanshift

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Documentary
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    Former pro, held off moving to digital because the IQ was just not the same as film. The 'look' of even high-end digital is nice, but not as smooth. All my lenses were old Nikon A.I. mounts, so effectively useless, and I was starting again from scratch. Then I tried this model. Totally satisfied now, and, generally speaking, digital (with this camera) is now as good as film.

    However, this is a pro-size camera (big), and has a stainless steel chassis (!), so it's heavy. It also is missing O-rings (so protect it in the rain), and has no scene mode automation (you have to know how to use a camera). Its generally a lot slower in overall usage than other cameras, so for pro work, where you may need to fall back on automation to ensure getting a spur-of-the-moment shot, this may not cut it, unless you're doing studio work. It would probably be bad for action photos too, and even at ISO200, you can see the tiniest beginnings of colour shift and noise, but its nearly imperceptible. At over 400 ISO, its completely unusable. This camera likes lots of light: as of the 1.07 firmware, you can do exposures to 2 minutes and also use ISO50, which is to die for with this camera. The newer firmware has pretty well fixed the AWB now in most situations too. When you're shooting super-saturated *pure* reds (little of any other colour in there), it tends to shift towards cyan, and needs editing to fix. You really want to shoot RAW with this camera. But it does have a '3D' effect to it, and just looks 'real', and has buttery smooth colour & tonal changes, and falls less a victim to chromatic aberration than non-Foveon sensor cameras. Incidentally, you can shoot RAW or JPEG, but the RAW has an embedded JPEG in it, and a lovely public domain utility is on the web to extract those automatically. You really shouldn't mind using RAW if you want to get the most out of this camera. If you get this camera, you can't call up your neighbour and ask to borrow a loaner flash or lens, because not many people have Sigma mounting accessories.

    I keep talking negatives, because I want to warn off those that might be displeased, but I love this camera. If you take your time to evaluate a scene and can provide enough light (buy bright lenses), the results will likely be nicer than with a Nikon D300D or Canon 5D. If you buy EX series lenses with this, you'll preserve the fantastic image quality, and you can compare it to high-end Canon L or Nikon glass. You can honestly upsample resolution afterwards (I'm not kidding) and get incredible quality: use the Sigma software, not the Adobe (at least until Adobe figures out how to properly deal with a non-Bayer image). If you need to edit portions of the image, extract a 16-bit TIFF and make your changes. I haven't been able to compare against the *very* top Canon and Nikon cameras, and if money was no object, I might still go for those, but the Sigma EX lenses of the last few years have been so darn good, that even though there's no price competition for the lenses, you can get an unbelievably good camera and glass for an unbelievably good price. If you have the time now to craft a good shot, and understand how a camera works, I can't recommend this highly enough. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there's a lot of people out there who will hate it for the reasons I've mentioned above. For its intended market though, it's definitely a 5-star product.

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    5.0

    Wouldn't trade it for...

    By J. Kunkel

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I sold my Canon 40D and lenses (Including L glass) to fund my purchase of the Sigma SD14. I miss the low light ability and the all around speed of the 40D. I miss the superior battery life and the ability to shoot full frame (If I bought another camera body) with the same lenses that I invested in for the Canon. I miss the stable operation (No lock-ups) of the 40D. The Canon 40D is an excellent camera, and is hands down a highly recommended option for many people who are into photography, I really do miss it in many ways.

          But wait, this isn't a review of the Canon 40D, it is a review of the Sigma SD14. I would not trade back my SD14 with all of it quirks (You must have read about them all if you got this far, and are interested in buying one) for the 40D. The reason is that when I look at my photos, I realize that nothing in my budget could get me anywhere near the quality of the images that I get from the SD14. I'm not a very good photographer, I'm still learning every day. But the learning experience is full of excitement with what this camera can produce. I don't care about all of what this camera cannot do when I sit down and have a look at what it can do- which is reward the effort of taking pictures with images that invoke everything from thoughts of "wow, did I really take that picture?" to a deep feeling in my gut that I really can one day arrive at my goal of producing images that reflect how I see the world.

          For those of you who can afford to add the SD14 to your current system- you are in a fortunate position to explore this little gem without giving up on the stronger points (High ISO, high speed, stability, etc.) of your current camera.

          For those of you who are thinking about getting started with digital SLR's, keep reading everything you can on the internet before making your decision, you will be giving up a lot of capabilities of the other camera systems, but if you have the same experience that I have had with the images, you may just find the SD14 to be the camera for you.

          For those of you (like me) who would have to sell their current camera and lenses to purchase the SD14, all I can say is- I'm not in a position to tell you if it is the right decision for you, but I don't regret it for a second.

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          5.0

          Beautiful, Kodachrome-esque Images

          By TT

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Great image quality
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • High-iso noise
          • Small buffer

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I have been a professional photographer since before I graduated high school, and I was always critical of digital cameras and digital photography until digital cameras could deliver images of high quality. Even after digital cameras began to produce images of high quality, I continued to shoot film with my Nikons, because I was determined to wait until the digital market had something to offer that was truly excellent. I fianlly made the leap when I saw some sample images from the Sigma SD-10, and I was sold. These images had the look of film, and so I bought the camera. It was buggy and cumbersome, but for me, image quality is the be-all and end-all, so I put up with it. When the SD-14 came out, I upgraded, and now I am extremely pleased. The camera itself is much better, but, bottom line, the images are breath taking. I shoot weddings, events, portraits, real estate and live stock, and the camera performs perfectly for me. I acknowledge that this is not a good camera for high speed and low light photography, but the results that you get when this camera is in its element are top notch. There are cameras with higher pixel ratings, more features, lenses, etc., but if stunning images are what you want, this is a GREAT camera.

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          5.0

          Simple to Use

          By Amatuer A

          from Omaha, NE

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Sensor

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I use the camera for taking pictures randomly around the greater Omaha, NE area.

          I really like the ease of use found with this camera. The menu system is very intuitive; allowing an amateur, like myself, the ability to play with the different settings easily.

          When taking flash-free pictures indoors, a tripod is strongly suggested otherwise the image might be blurred.

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          2.0

          Too Slow

          By StudioConcepts

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Slow Sensor

          Best Uses

          • Art

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This camera is too slow. It fills up the buffer too fast then stops working. I wanted it to be good but it wasn't enough. Noise problems in low light. No RAW with JPEG. Can't use most lenses.

          I bought another Rebel instead.

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          5.0

          awesome camera!

          By William

          from Austin, Tx

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Quiet
          • Small Lag Time
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Color noise at iso 1600

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Documentary
          • Fun
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This is my first digitsl SLR. I am not one to be typical and buy what everyone else buys, so I was pleased to find this great priced alternative to nikon and canon. I love how simple the controls are; no garbage preset programs, just basic necessities and great common sense placement of function. I have found some displeasing color noise at iso1600, but as the need for that setting rarely presents itself it doesn't bother me that much. This is a wonderful camera. Get it.

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          5.0

          Amazing Niche Camera

          By Michael James

          from Destin, FL

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I was happy with my Canon 5D and Nikon D80 and I still use them both because I've invested heavily in lenses for them. However, after hearing about and seeing shots from the SD14 I just had to get one. I have no regrets, but it is a niche camera (in my opinion).At first I found the back of the camera and buttons a bit odd compared to Canon and Nikon. But now that I am familiar with them I can change camera settings way faster than I can with my Canon or Nikon. The SD14 layout is pretty cool. The only thing I don't care for is how you have to change aperture and/or shutter speed in aperture priority or full manual (compared to Canon/Nikon).Here's the deal. In daylight shooting, it is amazing. The color and clarity of images are just stunning. And now that the latest firmware allows ISO 50, it has allowed me to get shots that have clarity, yet a silky smooth feel to it, that of film. However, at ISO 50 you have to be careful about clipping... that is the only drawback to the ISO 50 addition.I've used it with a sigma flash unit and also indoors with decent lighting. At times those shots have slanted yellow/orange for flesh tones. I can recover everything in Adobe LightRoom, but anyone who is not very savvy with software will have a tougher time with the yellow/orange skin tone shift. Outdoors I've not had such problems.I bought the camera to add to my arsenal of shots. I shoot fashion, swim wear, glamour and a ton of architectural. I now refrain from using it much indoors in lower light because of that tendency of that color shift. However, I use it more often on swimwear and outdoor beach portraits because of the amazing detail. It does very well in daylight and well lit conditions.Anything above 400 ISO and I'll use the Nikon D80 or Canon 5D. The SD14 is basically worthless at both 800 and 1600 ISO. The colors and noise actually clumps together. But in well lit conditions and outdoors I never need to go above 200 ISO so that is not even a problem in my case.I've used it indoors for shooting interior real estate and I've used the bracketing to grab three exposures that I can use to blend together and then create a very pleasing image. I love that the AEB is a dial setting that you set once and it sticks until you go back and manually turn it off (using the dial again). If I have multiple shoots in a day I don't have to keep resetting the AEB each time I turn on the camera as I have to with other DSLRs.Also, the bracketing is +/- 3 versus Canon and Nikon only providing +/- 2. Granted that is just the default setting and you can of course just do it all manually... BUT! sometimes I don't have a lot of time at a real estate shoot and that extra range and using AEB provides me a better final image.More often than not I am choosing landscape shots taken with my SD14 with the Sigma 10-20mm lens than my Canon 5D with the new 16-35mm. The SD14 + that Wide Angle is roughly $1600, whereas the Canon 5D and the wide angle cost me just under $4000. The SD14 is that good. The one thing the 16-35 2.8 L II gives is of course... a faster lens. In low light hand held shots I use that combo. Especially because I can use the 5D at 800 ISO easily. For outdoors though, the Sigma combo has been amazing.I also use the 50-150mm 2.8 USM sigma lens and I have a 1.4 sigma extender I use with it occasionally that takes it to f4. It is a great lens. Those are the only two lenses I have at the moment, but I'm planning on buying new sigma lenses for the SD14 in the coming months now that I have seen the results this great camera can produce.

          Expertise: Professional Photographer (Fashion & Architecture)

          Problems Encountered: No mechanical problems. I also have the battery grip and a flash unit and both work flawless in conjunction with the camera.

          Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Canon 5D, Nikon D80

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          5.0

          A month later.

          By Anonymous

          from Brooklyn NY

          Comments about Sigma SD14 14.06 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          First lesson: do NOT use photoshop to import the Raw files this camera produces. The artifacts I got at ISO 800 go away if you use the software to save the raw files as JPG. Be warned!

          Problems Encountered: Otherwise It's problems were My problems as a new user. I have literally taken hundreds of pictures since last month and all problems were due to unfamiliarity. This is a great camera. Wish I were twenty years younger.

          Items I Recommend: Extra battery and AC battery eliminator that no one stocks.

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