Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sigma DP1 pre-orders available for $800 at Amazon (updated)

We were checking out the latest posts at The Online Photographer where we noticed that they noticed that the Sigma DP1 is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for the price of $800. There was some confusion at (re)announcement on the price, some places mentioned $800 and some $1000. $800 is better than $1000. Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! Update: It looks like the $1000 mentioned earlier at CNet is the list price, versus the $800 which is the out of the gate price (for lack of a better term).

Sigma has also made available a few accessories to go with the new DP-1. The accessories include the Sigma External View Finder AV1900, for $150, which shows perhaps that the Ricoh approach is finding new friends :) Next up is the Sigma HA1001 Hood for $20. Of course an extra battery is a must, and they offer the Sigma BP-31 Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery for a reasonable $20. Model # is D00018 for those who care. And for more flexibility in your power options, the Sigma SAC-3 AC Adapter is offered at $20.

Oops, we forgot about the external flash! The Sigma EF-140 External Flash for Sigma DP1 is offered at $80 and is made for the Sigma DP1.

So let's do some math now for those who want to buy everything Sigma DP1: The camera itself, the external viewfinder, the external flash, the extra battery, the hood, and the adapter cost all together... *calculating* *calculating* *calculating* $1090, $800 for the camera, $290 for the five optional accessories.

Sigma has taken an interesting approach, affordable accessories, expensive camera and external viewfinder. We are excited to see this become "more real". Just a few weeks ago we were joking that Big Foot was seen taking portrait pictures of the Loch Ness monster using the DP-1. We can now reveal that that was not a joke. The Bigfoot really did that ;-) You should see Nessie at sunrise and sunset with Foveonesque colors. Amazing! :-)

More on the Sigma DP1
There is a blog dedicated to the Sigma DP1, created by a fellow blogger and photographer, so be sure to check it out, MyDP1 at wordpress. They have the timeline of the Sigma DP1, discussion on Foveon sensors, and lots more.

Also be sure to check out our coverage of the official re-announcement of the DP1, along with coverage at the RAWsumer blog.

And don't forget to check the sample DP1 pictures at dpreview! Also samples from Japan at dcwatch impress. And takes a look at the DP1.

Coverage of the DP1 from Vegas (at PMA 2008) by CNet's Underexposed.

More on the DP1 from Vegas (PMA 2008) via the Imaging Insider.

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More updates on the Sigma DP1
Amin Foto has posted their thoughts on the DP1. They have placed a pre-order, so be sure to check AminFoto for more on the DP1!

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