Sigma SA9 high-speed SLR
1/8000th shutter speed pro SLR
Introduced 2001


Advanced technology packaged
in a lightweight, compact, durable body.

1. Lightweight, compact body
The small size and lightweight of SA-9 camera assures maximum maneuverability. This durable camera gives reliable performance, even under harsh and demanding conditions. SA-9 camera is designed to satisfy the demands of a wide variety of users from, ordinary photographers to advanced ones, with its full range of essential functions such as Mirror lock-up, Dioptric Adjustment, Preview Button and more.

2. Easy to use dial controls.
The command dial surrounds near the shutter button and allows the setting of various functions, when used in conjunction with other dials or buttons such as the Function Button, Metering Mode Button, or AF Mode Button. Since complicated settings can be easily made with these dial controls, the photographer can concentrate on picture composition.

3. AF Cross Sensor assures precise Autofocus.
Photographer can easily set the point of focus on any selected part of a subject while looking through the viewfinder. The AF Cross Sensor, which is located in the center area of the viewfinder, is the most advantageous operation system due to its excellent tracking capability and its ability to focus on a multitude of subject types.

4. Super High Shutter Speed 1/8000 second.
The SA-9 employs a shutter dial that can be set from 1 to 1/8000 seconds high shutter speed. Furthermore, it is possible to adjust the shutter speed between 2seconds and 30 seconds by using LT button. High-speed film advance rate of 3 frames per second allows capturing the fluid action of moving subjects in an extremely short period.

5. Settings by Drive Dial and Mode Selector.
The drive dial can be used as the main switch for the camera, and also for fine adjustments when taking pictures. Simply turning the “Drive Dial” easily engages mirror lock up for minimizing vibration due to mirror movement, or activates Self-timer function to 2 or 10 seconds delay. It is also possible to set Auto Bracketing by the “Drive Dial”. Using the “Mode Selector” together with “Drive Dial” can set exposure mode smoothly.

6. Internal Lens Motor (HSM-equip) for super fast, noiseless autofocus operation.
An AF internal lens motor drive provides the best performance for AF operation of a lens. Thus, AF internal lens motor drive of the Sigma system ensures ideal focusing operation for more than 40 different types of Sigma lenses including hypersonic motor (HSM) lenses. Use of Sigma lenses equipped with a hypersonic motor (HSM) ensures high speed focusing with minimal operating sound. The continuous AF Mode lets enables the photographer to capture a moving subject in sharp focus. This ensures optimum focus when taking pictures of moving subjects moving towards or away from you at constant speed. It will latch onto subjects between infinity and 26.4 feet (8 meters) moving as quickly as 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour), up from 25 miles per hour (42 kilometers per hour).

By combining the SA-9’s built-in flash with the optional Electronic Flash EF-500 Super, you can operate the flash away from the camera by wireless control, without having to connect a cable between the flash and hot shoe and the TTL auto function still controls light intensity for correct exposure. Additionally, this combination can be used not only for ordinary front curtain synch-flash shooting, but also rear-curtain sync-flash shooting. The rear-curtain synch function is especially useful in slow synch photography of moving subjects.

8. Other Features
In order to see the composition through viewfinder clearly is possible to adjust the viewfinder Diopter adjustment over a range of ± 1.5 Diopt.
3 Metering Systems (8-Segment Evaluative Metering, Area Metering, Average Metering).
Preview Function to confirm depth of field.
Guide Number 40ft (12m) ISO 100 for built-in flash
Multiple Exposure function, for up to nine exposures for special effects.
3-channel wireless remote control RS-21 (Optional) available.

Main specifications of SA-9

35-mm AF single-reflex camera with focal-plane shutter
Compatible film—————————————————–
35-mm cartridge film
Automatic ISO sensitivity adjustment range ————
DX: ISO 25 to 5000, Manual: ISO 6 to 6400 (1/3 steps)
Image size ———————————————————–
24 mm x 36 mm
Lens mount———————————————————-
Sigma SA bayonet mount
Compatible lenses————————————————-
Sigma SA mount lens group
Autofocus mechanism——————————————-
TTL phase difference detection system: Operating range of EV-1 to EV+18 (ISO100)
Focus modes——————————————————–
AF-S (single), AF-C (continuous), AF lock after focusing in AF-S mode, equipped with motion prediction function in AF-C mode
Viewfinder ————————————————————
Penta mirror type, single-lens reflex viewfinder
Fixed full-surface matte screen, with cross focus frame, center area metering. Diopter adjustment range of -1.5 to +1.5 diopters, visual field vertical and horizontal of 92%, magnification of 0.7 x (50 mm lens at infinity)
Viewfinder indications——————————————-
Flash indication, focus indication, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, auto bracket, AE lock indications
Quick-return type, AF half-mirror
Metering systems————————————————–
8-segment evaluative metering, center area metering, average metering, user selectable, metering range of EV-1 to 20 (with F1.4lens ISO 100)
Exposure modes—————————————————
P (Program auto exposure mode with shift function), S (Shutter speed Priority auto exposure mode), A (Aperture Priority auto exposure mode), M (Manual exposure mode) (total 4 modes)
Auto bracket———————————————————
Three consecutive pictures at standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure
Maximum variation of ±3 EV in 1/2 EV steps
Exposure compensation—————————————-
±3 EV (in 1/2 EV steps)
AE lock—————————————————————-
Pushbutton type (exposure settings are locked while the button in depressed)
Vertical-travel metal focal plane shutter electronically controlled throughout entire speed range
Shutter speeds——————————————————
Auto mode: P, A modes; 1/8000 to 30 sec. stepless, S mode: 1/8000 to 1 sec. (dial type), 2 to 30 sec. (button set type) in 1EV steps
M mode: Dial type 1/8000 to 1 sec. (1EV steps), and 2 to 30 sec. (button set type), in 1EV steps, bulb
Film wind and rewind ——————————————–
Automatic advamce and rewinding by built-in motor, automatic stop after rewinding
Continuous advance possible (maximum: about 3 frames per second), mid-roll rewind possible
Built-in flash——————————————————–
TTL auto light control system (GN 12/m (40/ft) at ISO 100 manual pull-up type), equipped with red-eye reduction with light pulse function and slow synchronization.
Data back————————————————————-
Auto date quartz-control LCD
Date formats———————————————————
(1) year, month, day / (2) month, day, year / (3) day, month, year/(4) day, time (hours, minutes) / (5) off
One, 6-V lithium battery (2CR5 battery)
Data back: One, 3-V lithium battery (CR2025 battery)
Battery check——————————————————–
Automatic voltage check, 3-level power indication on LCD panel
External flash synchronization——————————–
Hot shoe (contact X, synchronized at 1/180-sec. or less, with dedicated flash-linking contact), synchronization with high shutter speeds of up to 1/8000-sec. when using EF-500 Super in FP flash mode
Mirror Lock-up function, continuous shooting mode, multiple exposures (up to nine), remote control (3-channel wireless)
Size and weight—————————————————–
141 mm/5.6 in. (width) x 96 mm/3.8 in. (height) x 69.5 mm/2.7 in. (depth) mm, 435 g/15.3 oz. (excluding battery)