Sigma fp L camera reveal next week

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Re: What the "L" is for ...

D Cox wrote:

sev7en wrote:


just my curiosity... why the fp isn't used by photographers? Many online are with the sd but not the fp!

I am wondering if that camera is just a step back of Sigma... or not a good deal.

It may be a step too far forward, Leaving out the shutter was a big gamble. The sensor readout is slow, so although flash as the dominant light works fine, you can't use fill in flash on a sunny day.

Sigma should perhaps have waited until a sensor was available that allowed a sync time of around 1/200 sec rather than 1/30 .

It doesn't seem like the slow sync. speed of 1/30 has any affect when using HSS (high-speed sync.), since all cameras seem to be able to use faster shutter speeds than their normal sync. speed. (e.g. A Canon with a 1/250 sec. sync. speed can be used at 1/2,000 sec. with a flash that supports Canon cameras in HSS mode. I know a photographer who does this with his R5 on bright days at the beach, using a ProFoto flash for fill. I've seen him doing it.)

Also, serious photographers wanted an EVF.

I think this is why the new EVF exists, if indeed the supposedly leaked photos of the EVF are real. It makes sense for Sigma to make an add-on EVF. This is what the Fuji GFX100 has (an optional EVF. Do you think the Fuji GFX100 is for "serious" photographers? I'd say so, since it costs $10,000.

The loupe gives a superb view and uses no battery power, but there's no way to demonstrate on line what a viewfinder looks like. That needs camera shops, and there aren't any camera shops now.

They made too much of the small size. Many photographers would see that as a bad point, not a good one. There are regular complaints on these forums that mirrorless cameras are too small, at least for those with big beefy hands, of whom there seem to be many in the USA. In practice, when you add the loupe and a good grip, it's quite a large camera, more like a medium format film camera.

Thus, if you add a couple of accessories, you get exactly what you're saying many photographers want - a bigger camera. Hmmm . . .

And lastly, many people have been sold on the idea that IBIS is essential.

So. Sony introduced the A7 with no IBIS. The A7r had no IBIS either. This was after Sony had been selling full-frame cameras with IBIS for more than ten years. Was Sony wrong?


I find it to be a very good camera, especially for use with manual focus lenses. It's made to a very high standard, and it's full of good ideas.

Don Cox

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