Sigma SD10

The Sigma cameras really are special. Lots of people on the net say they don’t see it but there really is a 3d sort of depth to the files. This is only really apparent in RAW (for the older cameras at least) as the in camera jpgs are not first class (SD14, DP1 at least)

The camera controls are just like an old film cameras (so go down well on this web site!). No fancy digital settings here. But again, just like film cameras, the camera output has to be thought of as a negative that needs some darkroom work.

Below are few output examples. The camera is good for well saturated colour but is also first class for superb black and white. And black and white can be obtained from the software very easily - just de-saturate and slightly adjust a few other sliders. The software used here is Sigma’s own Photo Pro 5, specifically designed for these cameras.

Also, the SD10 and SD14 are excellent for IR photography. Simply remove the front hot mirror filter from in front of the mirror box and you have a high quality IR DSLR.


Sigma SD10:


The hot mirror can be seen here. Very easy to remove for IR photography. Just undo that screw at the bottom:


Samples from the SD10 below. Click on the pictures for larger copies but note, even these are saved for the web:

1. 28-200 lens at 28mm 1/320sec f3.5 iso100. Taken through a double glazed window - a slight edge of the frame can be seen on the right. (
2012-10-09 Sigma SD10 first shots )

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2. 28-200 lens at 200mm 1/100sec f5.6 iso100. Taken through a double glazed window.

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3. Vintage Chinon 55mm f1.4 lens at f1.4 ( 2012-12-15 Sigma SD10 ):

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4. This is an interesting setup below. First the lens is an old vintage Hanimex 28mm f2.8. Not the best lens. Design for Pentax K bayonet but with the bayonet stop down lever and protector plate sawn off. This means it can be used on the Sigma SD10 without catching on the hot mirror or the mirror box itself.

Also, this is an IR photo but using a deep red filter. This filter can be seen through by the naked eye so you can actually focus the lens properly. And with the lens set at f8 (as in this case), the focus is good enough for IR wavelengths (which focus slightly differently than visible rays). So this setup is almost as easy to use as an IR point and shoot. The deep red filter works because the IR component of the light input is now far greater htan the visible light that can get through the deep red filter ( 2012-12-15 Sigma SD10: Sigma SD10 - processed - ir using red filter - 28mm hanimex lens f8 IMG08326.jpg ):

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