Sigma DP1 Quattro Comparison – 4 – Victoria & Hunslet Mills

Victoria & Hunslet Mills have laid unused since the late sixties / early seventies, a poignant reminder of the inevitability of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but luckily an interesting subject at which to point the Sigma DP1 Quattro

Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www/richardjwalls.com

This shot was taken by pushing the lens through the metal fence that surrounds the site. Very little chance for good composition! Aperture is F8 as opposed to the Sony’s F16 below; the Sigma F16 shot had to be binned. Compared to the Sony the detail captured in the shot is pretty amazing.

Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sony RX1 | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills | Sony RX1 | www/richardjwalls.com

Sony shot at F16

Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma - Sony | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma – Sony | www/richardjwalls.com

The Sigma shot is a perfectly formed miniature version of the Sony

Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma - Sony | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma – Sony | www/richardjwalls.com

I had to play around with noise reduction and sharpening with the Sigma in an attempt to match the Sony on the black sheets covering the windows.

… And just for fun some a couple of shots with the Sigma DP3 Merrill

Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Victoria & Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mill | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com
Hunslet Mills Detail | Sigma DP3 Merrill| www/richardjwalls.com

The IQ of the DP3 Merrill is as always superb. It’s unfair to compare the  DP1 Quattro with the DP3 Merrill, the focal length is so different, but I can’t wait to find out if the DP3 Quattro can match it!

It was a grey day in Leeds on Sunday and so no judging the Quattro DP1 until the shooting conditions are better, and remember the benchmark here is the Sony RX1, a camera retailing on Amazon UK for almost 3 times the price of the Sigma.

Shooting & Post Processing Notes

All shots taken at ISO100 with a tripod and post processed using SPP 6.1 and Lightroom. Due to past experience of over aggressive noise reduction luminance noise reduction was knocked down to the minimum in SPP (however this seems to make the Quattro DP1 images more noisy when viewed at 100% as compared to the Merrill DP3 (or Sony) and I’ll check this out in another post).

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