New Sigma observation

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Strangefinder
Strangefinder Regular Member • Posts: 419
Licencing from Canon/Nikon/Fuji Re: New Sigma observation

Vunite wrote:

The observation from Sigma I need is to see them releasing the Canon counterparts. As far as I know, they did say they want to go native on RF as well?

I read or saw an interview with Yamaki-san in which he clarified that Sigma reverse engineers Canon protocols AFTER negotiating a licence from them.  Whether this is a legal or commercial necessity I'm not sure, but the ball is in Canon's court.  Same goes with Fuji and Nikon.

At the very least, I would expect them to establish a head start before approving competitors of Sigma's calibre.  More likely they may be dismissive or obstructive.  On the other hand, though, Sigma does design and manufacture for others bts, so they have negotiating power.

Another consideration is that Sigma has huge output for a single campus, so they may prioritise other products ahead of RF (like Foveon, L-mount, or particularly profitable or satisfying contracts/products) even if they have an interest.

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