Exploring the Black Hills with the Sigma SD Quattro H

The Sigma SD Quattro H is a unique mirrorless camera with both strong points and drawbacks. Here's how it performs in real-world usage.

Coming to you from James Warner of snappiness, this neat video showcases the Sigma SD Quattro H's capabilities. Known for its unique rock features, beautiful lakes, abundant wildlife, and Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills are a photographer's paradise. Warner thought the Sigma would excel in capturing these landscapes, despite its limitations in wildlife photography. Its slow autofocus and sluggish file writing aren't ideal for fast-moving subjects, but for bison and landscapes, it worked fine. Warner's main lenses were the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art and the 100-400mm f/5-6.3. The 18-35mm lens was for documenting family moments and landscapes, while the 100-400mm lens was for capturing bison. The bright f/1.8 aperture on the 18-35mm was invaluable, keeping the ISO low and maintaining image quality, as Foveon sensors, like the one in the Sigma, get noisy quickly at higher ISOs.

At Sylvan Lake, known for its stunning rock formations and hiking trails, Warner found the Foveon colors tricky to work with. Sigma's software for editing raw files is cumbersome, and the photos often looked too green. Despite this, he managed to capture some beautiful images, though many required minimal editing due to the software's limitations. The landscape profile in the camera helped achieve a unique color palette.

This trip highlighted the Sigma SD Quattro H's strengths and weaknesses. While not ideal for every scenario, it captured some memorable images and could be a nice option for a certain niche of photographer. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Warner.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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