A translation of Kazuto Yamaki's presentation (7/11/2019) Pt TWO (Long post)

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A translation of Kazuto Yamaki's presentation (7/11/2019) Pt TWO (Long post)

Note: If you haven't read part one, that dealt mainly with the lenses announced at the presentation. Also, I may have taken some artistic license with some of his word choices. Please understand that this is done simply to sound more natural to English speakers, and I haven't (intentionally) changed the underlying meaning of what was said.

29:15 'One more thing' slide shown. "I've always wanted to do this."

~29:55 "I now that there are many Foveon fans here and that (the news of a Sigma camera with a Bayer sensor) might be disconcerting, but please stay with me until the end of the presentation. There is a reason for this."

~30:08 Foveon x3 1:1:1 slide shown. "We're still working hard on it and and are endeavoring to release it next year. Up until now we have been focused on using the best technology, which we believe is Foveon, for creating beautiful images. The (Foveon camera) that is under development is stills-focused, and is intended to have the spirit of  an 'authentic' camera."

31:40 'Completely New Concept Camera' slide shown. 'Rethink(ing) the Camera'

32:15 "Let's look at the smartphone. With its large screen and A.I., it is a very capable everyday camera. It's a tool for communication as well as one for recording memories. Now, let's take a (full frame) ILC, which is popular with professionals and also with those who want the (capabilities?) of a full frame mirrorless camera. Being able to change the lens for the purpose of each picture is, of course, important/useful. Then there is the professional cinema camera which cinematographers need to make their vision a reality by choosing exactly which accessories they need for a given project."

"There are times which one may lament not bringing a (proper) camera to capture something which he suddenly discovers that day, and will resign himself to using a cell phone camera as that's all he has. Because there are various types of, and uses for, cameras, we embarked on the 'Deconstruction of (the) Digital Camera.'"

35:30 "Taking the essentials of each type, we have created the 'fp'." He then jokes about an employee having t-shirts made with the fp logo. KY thought that wearing t-shirts would give away the secret too early in the presentation, and that they hurriedly decided on a solution of putting tape over it. It reminded him of when they were finished with the development of the dp (Quattro? Merrill?) cameras, they realized that the battery wouldn't be considered sufficient. So, KY quickly decided that they should just put in two batteries. This chaotic decision making is very Sigma-like, he said.

37:38 'Pocketable full frame/ Seamless/ Scalable' slide shown. 'Pocketable': He shows the camera and how 'pocketable' it is in relation to a passport. He talks about the L Mount and the ability to use many lenses (adapted and native). "It's not just a small camera. It also has dust and water proofing/resistance. 'Seamless': Not wanting to make a camera that would just be categorized as 'cinema', 'stills', or whatever category or genre, we wanted it to be (a) seamless (combination of categories). Using an electronic shutter, and not a global shutter, there will be rolling shutter. It does have a very fast readout and such distortion will not be a problem in a majority of use cases."

40:55 Cine/Still switch slide shown. "By simply switching between these modes, we have a camera that can seamlessly switch between being a cinema camera and a stills one." In the 'still' mode, you geta24.6 Mpx Bayer sensor with no low pass filter. ISO 100 to 25,600. It is expandable to ISO 6,12, 25, 50, and 51,200. "For Foveon users, that's thousands, not hundreds" he joked. "Current Sigma camera users might not even believe that this ISO could be usable. (laughs)" The raw format will be 14 bit raw DNG and it will be compatible with SPP as well as having the popular 'fill light' setting from SPP available in-camera. In addition to the color modes found in current Sigma cameras, "we have added a 'teal/orange' mode allowing for (the) orange(s) and cyan(s) to provide a very vivid and unique look which is popular in Hollywood movies these days."

44:35 Eye AF is also available Pictures are taken with a "completely" silent shutter which is helpful in many situations where you don't want to be noticed (shows the sleeping baby photo). "By using the electronic shutter, a very fast and natural-looking HDR mode is possible."

45:45 'Cine mode' is discussed. "On the left is the normal interface for stills and on the right is the interface specifically designed for video. Generally, manufacturers will have the normal interface as a base, and then add on some video-centric aspects of the interface (making things less streamlined). With this camera, a simple flick of the switch can can seamlessly change the camera into a cinema mode."

46:48 "On the left is the normal 'quick settings' menu and on the right is the 'quick settings' menu when set to video mode (Cine). We've chosen the most useful settings for filming. With the Sigma fp, video raw (cinema DNG) capture is possible. Recording 4K UHD 12bit at 24fps on an external SSD is possible. This allows the fp to be an extremely compact, yet proper/authentic cinema camera.

48:08 "One typical problem when recording video is, of course, the heat. We have added heat sinks." (A movie plays showing the internals of the camera). "Shooting raw video codecs forces the processor and other parts in the camera to work really hard. This produces a large amount of heat which typically can cause overheating in many cameras. Our heat sink(s) allow(s) the heat to escape the body of the camera. This enables the fp to record raw video for very long record times."

49:37 'Director's Viewfinder Mode' slide shown. "many directors may need to see how a lens may change a particular scene. Although this type of director's viewfinder can be useful, since videography has transitioned to digital, there are now many formats."

50:30 Various formats slide is shown. "Each camera maker, in addition to the choice of super 35 or large format, has their own format (size/ ratio) this can be difficult to use well. Using the fp, you can choose any (of these?) formats to see what the scene will look like. We expect the fp to be an essential piece of equipment that directors use."

51:23 'Scalable' slide shown. "Up until now, the pictures of the fp have shown it to be quite small. You may think that it wouldn't be usable with large lenses or other accessories. We've designed this with scalability in mind. The strap holders can be easily removed allowing different accessories to be attatched.

52:40 "For example, you can attatch this grip or this hot shoe mount. It can be made into a camera capable of portraiture. If the grip is not big enough, there is a larger one. If you attatch the lcd viewfinder, it allows for this configuration. (slide 53:14). By putting it into a cage, it can then become a proper cinema camera. With its small size, by attatching it to a gimbal, it becomes a cinema camera able to be used in a variety of situations."

53:53 Drone slide shown. "It is also able to be mounted on a drone. We believe that with its small size and scalability, scenes that wouldn't have been possible to film before will now be possible. "

54:29 "Although I have shown the accessories made by Sigma, by sharing the 3d model (online) we think that many accessory companies will start to develop add-ons for the fp.

55:18 'fortissimo pianissimo' slide shown. Movie shown. It is planned for an Autumn release.

Note: I stopped translating after that, as the rest was just a list of bullet points that had already been mentioned. Anyways, while I assume most of the information in the presentation has already been reported by DPR, etc., I hope this was interesting to you.


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