Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 1 – The RERF, Cross Green, Leeds

The new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) under construction at Cross Green, Leeds, has the largest timber frame (@42 metres) of its type in the UK. It seemed like a good place to try out some first shots with the recently arrived Sigma DP1 Quattro so I headed over.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

It was a dull day and and I don’t believe this plays to the Sigma’s strengths.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP1 Quattro | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Nevertheless the detail and IQ is still pretty special.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

With a similar focal length (and not currently possessing a Merrill DP1) my Sony RX1 became the benchmark. At nearly three times the cost at time of writing (£2,249 against £775 on Amazon UK) it’s hardly a fair comparison, but to be honest, after my experience with the Merrills, my expectations of Sigma are high!

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sony RX1 | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sony RX1 | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Never-the-less the Quattro held its ground pretty well in terms of the images it produced.

Detail, Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma - Sony | www.richardjwalls.com
Detail, Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma – Sony | http://www.richardjwalls.com
Detail, Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma - Sony | www.richardjwalls.com
Detail, Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma – Sony | http://www.richardjwalls.com

Finally, just for fun, some shots with my trusty, clunky, wonderful DP3 Merrill.

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

I’m starting to thing the Merrill DP3 is the best image making machine on the planet!

Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | www.richardjwalls.com
Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, Leeds | Sigma DP3 Merrill | http://www.richardjwalls.com

It was a grey day in Leeds on Sunday and so I’ll reserve judgement on the Quattro DP1 until the shooting conditions are better.

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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