Sigma’s ownership of Foveon sensor – greatest loss for the photographic world

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SandyF
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Re: Sigma’s ownership of Foveon sensor – greatest loss for the photograph
In reply to flektogon, Sep 7, 2012

flektogon wrote:

PrebenR wrote:

flektogon wrote:

Just imagine for example Sony having the Foveon sensor. This idea doesn’t need more words…

If Sigma had not taken ownership of Foveon, there would have been any Foveon cameras. Nikon and others didn't want it.

So your take on it is completely wrong!

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I really have no knowledge of the Foveon (business) history. I just consider those Sigma cameras like havihg the right sensor in wrong bodies.

There's a fair amount of Foveon business history that's public... IMHO it was a heroic step (and noteworthy of course for Foveon) by M. Yamaki to choose the Foveon sensor.

In my opinion, like Gary Mercer's above, IF Sony or another sensor manufacturer had acquired Foveon (at the timeframe just before Sigma acquired) the other acquiring company would have warehoused the technology and put the patents in their files, so to say. You see Sigma/Foveon sensors and cameras today precisely because Sigma acquired Foveon.
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