Sigma DP2 Quattro

Sigma DP2 Quattro: lens sharpness

Sigma DP2 Quattro: lens sharpness

Introduction

The Sigma DP2 Quattro would have benefited from a faster lens, especially for focussing in low light. f/2.8 is what you’d expect for a fixed zoom lens and not for a fixed 30mm prime, but the good news is that it’s very sharp in the center at this aperture, and the corners are not bad at all.

Test Charts

At f/2.8, the center image is already very sharp. There is some slight vignetting visible, and a small degree of curvature in straight lines. Corners are already decently sharp.

Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/2.8

Sigma DP2 Quattro

f/3.2 seems to be somewhat of a sweet spot, as both center and edges are sharp and there is vignetting has virtually disappeared.

Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/3.2
Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/3.2 corner

Similar performance up to f/9 with some slight variation at different apertures in vignetting, but both center and edges remain very sharp.

Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/9
Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/9 corner

Around f/11, diffraction starts dulling the image, with a loss of that signature Sigma sharpness pop. Both center and corners have equal performance though.

Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/11

performance is similar up to f/16, the smallest aperture.

Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/16 center
Sigma DP2 Quattro
f/16 corner

Conclusion

There is no camera that works in every situation. If you’re looking for a camera with a fixed lens that will work more-or less OK in every situation, don’t go for this one.

The Sigma DP2 Quattro will provide you with fantastic images in decent light if you stay below ISO 800 and f/11.

 

 

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