What is holding Sigma back with the new Merril(s)?

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Ceistinne Senior Member • Posts: 2,726
Re: What is holding Sigma back with the new Merril(s)?

fusoexplorer wrote:

I think many have come to expect that modern cameras have high ISO abilities and video. If Sigma is concerned about the foveon sensor not working too well with high ISO above 400 in color and 800 in B&W why don’t they just eliminate the ability to go above 800? And why don’t they just eliminate video altogether?

True that all Sigma cameras are not at their best at high ISOs but Merrills are very usable in colour up to 800 ISO and much higher for Mono.

Years ago when I bought a camera you would pick a film to put in the camera and it was generally 50-100 iso sensitivity. Occasionally I would buy a 400 ISO film. And for video which I didn’t buy or use it wasn’t even a thought about a combined camera because it didn’t even exist.

That is true also but then we used either one 35mm camera with ASA / ISO 50- 100 or 160 for colour and another with Black & White film often Tri-X or HP5 and often pushed. More likely serious photographers would have used Medium Format cameras with interchangeable backs carrying different film types & ISOs in them.

Digital cameras made that unnecessary with the ability to change ISO as required.

Why aren’t they going retro with a camera with a limited ISO no video but have a incredible full frame or even medium format foveon sensor? Would people buy it?
I certainly would. Although I use video now I have other cameras that I use for that. High ISO doesn’t bother me. I want the highest detail sensor for photography with the foveon look with in body stabilization. To me I think people would enjoy a simplified camera that is a pure photographic experience without the extra complexity.

And finally, my Sigma Merrill’s have video capability that is so poor I am sure nobody has ever used it. I think it is silly to add something to a camera that will not compete with other cameras. To me it just looks bad and a deal breaker for some to buy a camera. I know why they added it for marketing. But with a new Foveon camera it would be nice for them to eliminate any weak spots like this example.

I am not aware that any Merrill cameras have video capability. My SD1M does not nor do any of the DP Merrills have video capability either, so your contention that it was added for marketing purposes is not correct.

Neither do the dp or sd Quattros have video capability.

I think the old DP1s of about 12 or 13 years ago was the last Sigma with low level video of 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA) @ 30 fps.


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