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Review: Sigma dp1 Quattro

Officially announced February 10, 2014, Sigma Photo's new dp Quattro series of cameras was completely redesigned from its predecessor, the DP Merrill.  The design team 'rethought and redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens, and body.' They developed a radically different camera in both form and function.

The dp1 Quattro is unlike any camera I have ever used.  Firstly it crams an APC-sized sensor (23.5x15.7mm) into a body the size of most micro-4/3rds cameras.  Nikon's soon to be announced D7200 will have similarly-sized sensor and is expected to have 24M effective pixels, where the the dp Quattro's Foveon X3 sensors have 29M effective pixels.  Sigma's line of dp Quattro cameras are available in four lens options: dp0 (14mm f4), dp1 (19mm f2.8), dp2 (30mm f2.8), and dp3 (50mm f2.8).  We tested the dp1 Quattro over three month's of travel and in a multitude of photography scenarios.

Key Specifications:
  • Image Sensor: Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor (CMOS)
  • Image Sensor: Size 23.5x15.7mm
  • Effective Pixels: Approx 29MP
  • Total Pixels: Appprox 33MP
  • Storage Media: SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card
  • File Format: Lossless compression RAW data (14-bit), JPEG (EXIF2.3), RAW+JPEG
  • Focal Length: 19mm (dp1)
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: Approx 28mm
  • Lens F number: F2.8-16
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 Blades
  • Lens Construction: 8 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Price: $999.00 (SigmaPhoto.com)

WabFab Swaybar Quick Disconnect Installation

I know I should have practiced what I preach.  I have an excuse, though it may not be a good one, I got lazy.  We lifted the 4Runner at the end of 2010 but neglected to upgrade the swaybar end links.  Fast forward four years and I begin to notice the 4Runner, which is tipsy because of the Lexus rear suspension, begins to exhibit a lot of body roll around corners and seemed unstable on the interstate.  Low and behold our front driver-side swaybar end link had snapped, rendering the swaybar useless.  It was time to call up Brian at WabFab Off-Road and buy a set of his 3rd-Gen End Links.

  • zinc coated and galvanized for rust resistance
  • no welding or drilling required
  • completely bolt on
  • all metric hardware
  • new Energy Suspension end link bushings (red)
  • adjustable for various lift heights
  • Price: $300 (as tested)

Overland Industry News for February 17, 2015

Here are the top headlines from the Overland, Off Road, Photography, and Outdoor Industries for February 17, 2015.

Chuck Buck, Chairman of Buck Knives, has passed away at the age of 78

If you grew up in a hunting family like mine, you grew up knowing the brand Buck Knives.  I learned early that the two most important items for any hunter were their rifle and their 'Buck'.  Care was taken to ensure the proper maintenance of my knife and and my rifle as it was through these two items that I would have a successful hunt.  Chuck Buck took over the family business, started in 1902 by his grandfather, in 1979 at the age of 43.  Chuck's full obituary can be found on the Buck Knives website by clicking here.