The Sigma dp2 Quattro has been my go to camera for personal digital works since 2017. It’s by no means a versatile tool, but that’s why I love it. It’s limitations (slow, hates high ISO unless shooting in B&W mode) remind me of shooting film and you need to really consider your image before pressing the shutter button. With this much needed focus, I find that I can remember the photos I take with my Sigma much better than the ones I take with my Canon.
There is also something special about the Foveon sensor. It just feels… nice.
A week after I purchased the dp2 Quattro, Sigma released a firmware that allowed DNG shooting as an option to its native RAW file, the X3F. Out of convenience (and because I was still making friends with my camera), I chose to shoot in DNG and edit my files in Lightroom. The process worked well for me; however this year, I started to wonder if I was missing anything by not shooting in X3F.
During my travels in May and June, I decided to shoot all my photographs in X3F and learn to use Sigma Photo Pro 6.6 to edit my RAW files (at time of writing, the X3F cannot be edited using Lightroom).
It’s been a couple of months since I started playing around with the program. I tried to only use SPP for my photo adjustments, however certain things (such as cropping) still needed to be done in Lightroom, or another editing software, after exporting it to TIFF.
I admit, it was pretty frustrating at first, but I’m starting to see how SPP can make an image shine… as long as you’re willing to embrace its quirks.