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Not sure about this DSRL, but it seems to be incredibly cheap right now at Jessops.

It's on sale at £499 (cheapest anywhere, by the look of things) and right now, you'll get £200 cashback from Sigma.

So that's £299, with the possibility of cashback?

Excellent deal, surely..
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#1
review here:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sigma/sigma_sd14.asp

There seem to be alot of pretty good cameras around this sort of price at the mo (Samsung, Olympus, Nikon, Canon). With only minor differences between them, I suggest if your looking to buy, go into a shop and try them all out and buy the one that feels best to you. (Personally, I hate the feel of the Olympus and Sony cameras, so wouldnt buy one even if they were the cheaper options)
#2
If you use topcashback/quidco there's £25 off voucher "xmas25" plus 3% (£14) taking it down below £260 for a 14mb dslr. gobsmacked.
Any suggestions how to persuade Mrs FJ I must have one, after just buying a 32 and 37 " lcds,with canterlever stands, a wii, etc and a my son needs a new washing mc . Help pls.
#3
I've got an old sigma slr camera. Will the lens from that fit on here?
#4
normal
I've got an old sigma slr camera. Will the lens from that fit on here?


Anyone?
#5
For exactly the same price, you can purchase the bundle, which includes the Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Sigma AF) lens, filter & cleaning cloth!

Just look at the bundle offer further down the page.

Seems like an excellent price, as on release this would have cost well over £1,000.
#6
surely not? I don't get it
#7
Snomaes
For exactly the same price, you can purchase the bundle, which includes the Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Sigma AF) lens, filter & cleaning cloth!

Just look at the bundle offer further down the page.

Seems like an excellent price, as on release this would have cost well over £1,000.


The cashback is only on body-only, not kit/bundles
#8
The bundle is free. You'd still get the £200 cashback.
#9
any reason?
#10
iamwhoiam
The cashback is only on body-only, not kit/bundles



any reason?
#11
I've had my eye on this camera for a long time, it's quite an interesting one but I don't think it's great for general purpose. I've put a collect at store order in which will be ready next week (although no price on the confirmation mail), just wondering if I should home deliver it to make sure I get it. Main reason to collect it in store is so it can be hidden, just picked up the E-3 kit at 1700 pounds so I'm not supposed to be buying any more for a while...

The SD14 uses a foveon sensor which is very different to the sensors used traditionally in digital cameras - normally you have sites on the sensor which collect, red, green or blue (twice as many green I think it is to the other two) which are merged together to produce the variety of colours. In a Foveon sensor you have three layers instead, as light hits the sensor the top layer absorbs one colour, the next layer absorbs another colour and the bottom layer the final colour. This means at every site on the sensor you are measuring all three colours which in theory produces more vibrant colours.

The rest of the SD14 is not so great though with the main problem being the Sigma mount which only Sigma produce lenses for - I really wish they had produced a 4/3 mount instead as Sigma lenses aren't that easy to get a hold of cheap and the Sigma mount is a bit of a dead end anyway. The camera body is fairly mediocre in terms of feature set and performance, the raw converter software is slow.

If you are interested in this camera, do a good bit of research first simply because unlike the comment above I think there are major differences between this body and others.

John
#12
Although the kit is free, doesn't it still count as not being body only?

If you could get the cashback as well as the kit though that would be an amazing deal!
#13
Looks like the kit is a Jessops bundle, not a Sigma kit - I don't think Sigma do any official kits for this body.

John
#14
cracker price for this, thou when i try to add the xmas25 code it doesnt discount in the basket it only stats it ?
#15
Snomaes
For exactly the same price, you can purchase the bundle, which includes the Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC (Sigma AF) lens, filter & cleaning cloth!

Just look at the bundle offer further down the page.

Seems like an excellent price, as on release this would have cost well over £1,000.


iamwhoiam
The cashback is only on body-only, not kit/bundles


When I put the body in checkout it comes up with everything anyway so cashback should be fine I would of thought I cannot find a way of deleting the other items either :?
#16
This is a damn fine deal and if you have any SIGMA AF lenses from your old SLR you're well away.
#17
Thanks for that find BBT, voted hot.:thumbsup:

Anyone received their SD yet?
#18
My wife's picked it up for me (and is still shopping). My xmas25 code didn't go through either, but they did it in store by adding a discount to the memory card I bought for it too. Can't wait to have a play as I'm off on hols tomorrow!

PS My brother said that because my 28-200mm lense was designed for a 35mm sigma slr, it will mean that the actual range for the DSLR will be different. Does anyone know about these things?
#19
normal
My wife's picked it up for me (and is still shopping). My xmas25 code didn't go through either, but they did it in store by adding a discount to the memory card I bought for it too. Can't wait to have a play as I'm off on hols tomorrow!

PS My brother said that because my 28-200mm lense was designed for a 35mm sigma slr, it will mean that the actual range for the DSLR will be different. Does anyone know about these things?


Generally speaking when comparing 35mm v digital, you multiply the focal length by 1.5, so the lens is the equivalent of 42 - 300 mm. This gives a very useful focal range from around the 'standard' focal length of 50mm to a moderate telephoto of 300 mm.
#20
On my 400d I have to multiply everything by 1.6 so my 50mm lens ends up being the 35mm equivalent of an 80mm lens, and so on.

It means you get longer range on telephoto lenses for free :) Downisde is your wide angle lenses aren't so wide angle any more.

Don't worry about it, my 18mm-55mm lens is a lot wider than most point and shoot digital cameras and it's still long enough to take portraits of people from several feet away.
#21
Cheers for that! My brother worked out I need to multiply it by 1.7 (don't know why or how!), so it makes my lens 47 - 340mm.
#22
Hi all. My first reply/post, so my apologies if I don't do it right.

The following link shows the cashback offers: http://www.jessops.com/cashback
On this page it says "£200 CASHBACK on the Sigma SD-14 digital SLR camera bundle purchased between 01/11/07 - 28/02/08" with a link to this offer.

I have a few questions:
1. I appreciate the comments about the way the filters work and having to use only Sigma lenses. Do these 'disadvantages' outweigh the benefit of the bundle price after cashback/quidco?
2. Can anyone recommend a better deal/camera at a comparable price?
#23
It is actually a 4 Mega pixel ((but in three layers, thus x3) camera, in US the camera is not allowed to listed as 14 mega pixel. The RAW image only capture 4mega pixel. The original released price of £1000 is based on 14MP class thus it's struggle to sell. With the cashback, it will be a good deal, have anyone claimed cashback from sigma before? are they quick?
#24
I've also found the link to Sigma for claiming the cashback:

http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/quicklinks/cashback/cashback.htm
#25
some sd-14 images can be found at http://www.rytterfalk.com/
#27
you could apparently use a few canon lenses on the sigma ??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btpu0Te1SNA&feature=related
#28
just placed an order,
i imagie ill get it for 299
the xmas code appers to be expired and not inclusive of dslr (even so i applied it)
and i opted for store collection, so i guess my quidco wont apply. :/ still a great deal as this is a pro level camera for silly price.
the guy who said that they applied the xmas25 discount to a purchase of a memory card, could you comment on how they responded to the xmas25 code and when you purchased the camera/?
cheers.
otutstanding issues:
any discounts known to work?
how long do sigma take to send you the cashback?
has anyone received conformation of order and should you wait for the email or go get it on the day stated you could collect from store?
#29
ipcam;1383803
It is actually a 4 Mega pixel ((but in three layers, thus x3) camera, in US the camera is not allowed to listed as 14 mega pixel. The RAW image only capture 4mega pixel. The original released price of £1000 is based on 14MP class thus it's struggle to sell. With the cashback, it will be a good deal, have anyone claimed cashback from sigma before? are they quick?

It's slightly more than that, it's actually 4.6MP - you have bear in mind that a bayer sensor MP count of a standard digital camera is also false, a 14MP of this arrangement does contain that many pixels but each one can only record red, green or blue. This means to get the actual image these picels must be interpolated to produce the final image. In the Foveon sensor every pixel measures red, green and blue which means it's not comparable to a Bayer sensor at that resolution, tests have shown the Foveon sensor to match the output of 12MP APS-C sensors.

The problem with the SD14 is not the sensor resolution, it's everything else...the body is nothing special given its competition and the mount is of no interest to most people. That's left the SD14 as a curiousity many would like to add to their collection but don't want to invest in a new lens set. Sigma would have been far better to do as Fuji and Panasonic do and use their sensor technology in someone else's body and lens mount - that way people can invest in the body and use an existing lens collection or at least have the security of knowing they can invest in lenses that can then be used with other mainstream cameras.
John
#30
normal;1383761
Cheers for that! My brother worked out I need to multiply it by 1.7 (don't know why or how!), so it makes my lens 47 - 340mm.


The SD14 uses a smaller sensor than the full 35mm, that means if you're using a 35mm lens you're getting a smaller portion of the image produced from the lens, to get the same image on a camera you'd need to zoom the lens in slightly. This is where the 35mm equivalent term comes from, there are many different sizes of sensors in SLRs and compact cameras, by having this term it makes it easier to understand what focal range you are actually getting.

John
#31
lets remember,
this is 300 quid for this 14mp pro level camera.
300 would get you a nikon d40 6.1mp entry level camera from jessops.
i am looking for my first dslr to grow in to from film, and this seems like an unbeatable deal.?:w00t:
#32
While this camera is expensive, it's not pro level or even close - for most people I would say an entry level DSLR would be a much better choice as the SD14 requires a lot of knowledge to get the most out of it. If I was buying a single DSLR there's no way it would be this one, for under 300 pounds with cashback you can get the 10MP E-410 with its high quality 14-42mm kit lens which is a far better all round camera than this one.

John
#33
John,

what would you recommend, i am currently looking for my first DSLR, been looking at the canon 400d with 2 lenses 18-55 and 70-300 with case and CF 2gig for 429 delivered. or should i get this sigma one, i am totally lost at the moment for which option to go for.

Regards

Gregg
#34
i think with the potential for infra red photography this is for me worth alot. you jsut have to 'pop' out the ir filter and put on a lens filter, not warranty voiding hacks for ir photography.
i still dont see how a d40 can stack up against this camera with the sensor technology, bundled lens, uv filter and cloth its a bargian. i jsut hope jessops honour as do sigma the voucher.
#35
The more i research, the less it appears to me. It looks like the camera is for those who shoot inside studio, prefer manual settings and careful exposure adjustment, also for slow speed shooting outdooor, ISO100, on a tripod, shoot on RAW then post process to JPEG. Or a direct upgrade for current SD9 or SD10 owner.
If only it is £299 from Jessops, £499 still a lot of money (i have overspent for this month).
Is there any SD14 owner or anyone who has claimed £200 cashback from Sigma? Need more advice.
#36
G20EGG
John,

what would you recommend, i am currently looking for my first DSLR, been looking at the canon 400d with 2 lenses 18-55 and 70-300 with case and CF 2gig for 429 delivered. or should i get this sigma one, i am totally lost at the moment for which option to go for.

Regards

Gregg


The Olympus E-510 Kit Double Zoom Kit (14-42mm & 40-150mm lens) gets good reviews but, at £550 is a bit expensive. Keep your eye out for a better deal though. There was one before Christmas but another will probably come along. :)
#37
G20EGG;1384227
John,

what would you recommend, i am currently looking for my first DSLR, been looking at the canon 400d with 2 lenses 18-55 and 70-300 with case and CF 2gig for 429 delivered. or should i get this sigma one, i am totally lost at the moment for which option to go for.

Regards

Gregg


I'd go for the Canon hands down, you've got a great package there which should give you plenty of flexibility to get started with. Although it's a slightly older camera it's a well proven model and as Canon are massive it's easy to get good help and advice with the camera as well as loads of choice for lenses and accessories. I really don't think the SD14 is a good camera for starting off with, there are no fully automatic or scene modes, the raw development software is poor and the speed of the camera writing is slow. The camera has a lot of quirks and nothing like the high ISO performance of the Canon, I've been reading through various guides on the SD14 and still wondering if I should just send the SD14 back as most make it clear the SD14 is a steep learning curve. I'm already heavily invested in the 4/3 SLR system (six bodies, 11 lenses plus a couple of flashes and teleconverters), I'm planning on picking up the 10-20mm lens and keep the SD14 mainly for landscapes.

John
#38
fractalator;1384248
i think with the potential for infra red photography this is for me worth alot. you jsut have to 'pop' out the ir filter and put on a lens filter, not warranty voiding hacks for ir photography.
i still dont see how a d40 can stack up against this camera with the sensor technology, bundled lens, uv filter and cloth its a bargian. i jsut hope jessops honour as do sigma the voucher.


It's not just the D40, this is also competing against cameras like the E-410 and 40)D - while the sensor may be conventional Bayer sensor, that still has its advantages such as better high ISO performance and live preview. It has an automatic dust reduction mechanism (which has consistently proved to be the best of any current system), its kit lens is far superior than this cheap supplied with the SD14 and the 4/3 range includes many Sigmas as well as the excellent Zuiko lenses. The UV filter and lens cleaning cloth are cheap extras, I wouldn't be surprised if theUV filter actually made pictures worse.
#39
JunkMail;1384359
The Olympus E-510 Kit Double Zoom Kit (14-42mm & 40-150mm lens) gets good reviews but, at £550 is a bit expensive. Keep your eye out for a better deal though. There was one before Christmas but another will probably come along. :)


I believe there's 100 pounds cashback on the 550 price though which brings it down to 450 pounds. I paid 570 for my E-510 with just the 14-42mm on release, don't regret it at all as it's a solid camera - the onboard IS is extremely useful. Although I've just upgraded to the E-3, the E-510 will be useful as a more portable setup.

John
#40
as im looking in to it more i am also questioning how good a deal this is. i am really intrested to hear from owners of this camera
i am very tempted to go to the store and purchase it, even tho im a student and it is alot of money to lay out!
in i way i am intreguied by the perculiarities and quality that can be achieved, it makes the camera seem more exciting, BUT jsut how bad do images come out for more spontanious shots?
also the infra red cutout seems like a wonderfull feature as i like the sound of being able to achieve more intresting shots, does anyone have any experience with this and could comment on it?
thanks very much!

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