Artifact: What a bunch of whiny photographers in this comment section! I just switched from canon 'cause d5300 had the best sensor for the price and I am loving it. I do not know what is so great about mirrorless cameras though. They are much better than ones from 10 years ago but still no match to OVFs. If you move fast image in the viewfinder gets blurry. SLR with optical viewfinder is still the best thing for fast photography.
Let people enjoy their hobby of photography. This is photography's equivalent of the hot stove league in baseball. Nothing wrong. Very entertaining.
The D5100.D5200/D5300 clearly one of the sweet spots in DLSR photography. But OVF is not everything. There are focusing issues and OEMs didn't try to incorporate LCD features (overhead projection) over the OVF view. I would love OVF that gives a slightly greater field of view than the imaging area as a couple of Sigma DLSRs had out of necessity.
Prognathous: Very interesting interview, but I wish he was asked about the aspect of compatibility of Sigma lenses with new bodies. Unlike Tamron and Tokina lenses which are practically always compatible with newer bodies (same as lenses from the camera brands), Sigma lenses frequently have compatibility issues, requiring them to be "re-chipped" or updated if the lens is recent enough. If the lens is old, then no such luck. Either use it with an old body, or try selling it to someone who does.
Is the reason for these issues the use of reverse engineering instead of getting the specs from the camera brands and paying royalties? This is the most common assumption, but it would have been interesting to hear the CEO take on this.
BTW, fitting lenses with a common micro-USB socket could have made updating lenses easier, more accessible and less costly than having to buy a dedicated USB Mount Dock. Hopefully they add it in future lenses.
Interesting, because presumably Canon and Nikon could figre out how to block 3rd party lenses?
Chris Noble: Interesting article! "When Sigma was founded there were over 50 lens manufacturers in Japan. Now there are only really three major ones - Tamron, Cosina and Sigma. We have survived because we make unique products. "
I wonder how many camera-branded lenses are actually made by these 3.
Because we NOW make unique products.
Thanks for posting. I admire Fuji for trying to advance the state of sensors and, especially, viewfinders. Most others refine rather than innovate. But customer service is where the OEMs must improve, including developing the industry equivalent of Technical Service Bulletins for cars in the US.
No more lens error, dust on sensor or internal corrosion as "user error."
dg90: Strange - the first time I saw this camera, I though "very interesting design".But I thought this camera is much smaller and in this case I don´t get it, why they have added this big clunky grip. How´s the leverage? Can it be holded with one hand? :O
Would have put a similar, short grip on the left side. Have the guts to carry the design to a better conclusion. Best: make it a lens swivel design.
Thanks for showing EOS-M2.
ThomasSwitzerland: Look on your right hand when you want to grab something. The camera has been built around this in a practical human way. New horizons open up when using new methods. The Sigma might be very unusual and conflicting with what we are conditioned to see and use.
Smart Sigma people have developed a totally new design to function. This demonstrates vision, strategy and progress. And I like their courage – we need more of this breed in our boring mainstream world.
I would like to pull this camera out and take photos. Because my right hand balances and operates.
If this were the best ergonomic solution, why aren't more (any?) cameras designed similarly. There really is nothing special about the design. It is minimalist like many recent Sony and Samsung cameras. All the same buttons, icons, battery camber, door, strap lugs, hot shoe, lens platform, etc. everyone else uses. The potential was there with the extra real estate. At a minimum, for a high-level camera, how about dual card slots.
Being able to grab something and being able to hold on to it while using thumb and fingers to adjust controls are two different things. I just took a whole slew of cameras I ordinarily hold in the right hand with a grip projecting forward, turned them around and held with left hand and grip projecting backward. Much less comfortable.
This camera begs a swivel design a la early Coolpix cameras. Then, I would be excited about the design. As it stands, nothing special.
T3: It looks like it should be a wide format (6x17) camera. But it's not!
Begs a true 16:9 sensor and LCD.
completelyrandomstuff: It's a pity they are not planning to make a wider angle version - 24mm or 21mm equivalent. Typically people use those for landscapes and, at least for me, either of these two focal lengths would be ideal.
Too imaginative. Great idea.
Aaron C Greenman: Barnaby,
Can you handle the version of the DP2 with the leather half case and OVF and give your impressions of how it handles and the view? Take a photo of someone holding it up to their face to understand size, proportion and ergonomics?
Stealth mode, Barney!
todo pana: Did anybody think of taking a picture of this camera actually hand-held...? I mean by the grip?
How does it balance, Barney.
brittonx: I love the look of this camera. It's very distinct. I'm sick of all the "me too" cameras nowadays.
Using the same body materials, lens materials, dials, buttons, battery-card door and slot as all contemporary digital cameras.
T3: Very strange body design. Lens protruding out the front, grip protruding out the back, sharp angles on the "grip", very long and narrow...just strange.
Use that extra real estate for something worthwhile. An integral EVF or make it swivel like the Coolpix 990/995. Even a remote module.
Since Sigma can't do a tilting, moveable LCD, have the lens swivel. Then, it would be useful.
Almost seems like the camera should come apart in modules and accommodate modules. Ricoh still more imaginative. Styling is nothing special. Using the same materials all modern cameras do.
$900 with a kit lens. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.
NCB: Canon have made the same mistake as Nikon, dropping the viewfinder, as Nikon did in the P7700 before bringing it back as as EVF in the P7800. Too much of the potential market for this sort of camera wants a viewfinder of some sort; the optical type was never that bad that omitting it was a good thing, and while the EVF in the P7800 isn't great, compared to other EVFs now appearing, it's better than nothing.
Unless Canon and Nikon start putting quality EVFs in this sort of camera, they might as well drop them; there are too many attractive alternatives around in the quality-but-not-too-large market. The sensor-size of the G1 X II isn't enough on its own to make a difference.
Funny how Nikon had an EVF in a compact way back when (P600??) and never followed up with it.
Closer to EOS-M. Wonder how video will be. But bring something like this home closer to $500. Which is still a lot of money. Where is the value proposition.