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

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ChromeLight Senior Member • Posts: 2,667
Re: Haven‘t you heard the news some time back....?

Scottelly wrote:

D Cox wrote:

FDecker wrote:

Sigma, as you may know, wants to develop a new full frame 1:1:1 Foveon sensor for a photo-centric camera along the tradition of the SD9 to SD1. But they faced severe technical problems and re-started the project.

I think this is the answer to your question, plain and simple.

And developing a new sensor is a tough project.

Apparently . . . because it's full-frame. They were so confident, when they made their announcement about creating the full-frame Foveon sensor. Mr. Yamaki even said once, matter-of-factly, that they could make a medium format Foveon sensor. I wonder if he would say that today.

I wonder if it even matters any longer . . . With the new Fuji and fpl I'm not certain there's really a market for Foveon going forward. Even the fpl is a hard sell if you just want to do still photography. It's actually not that much smaller than a Nikon Z7, and perhaps even larger once you attach the faster L mount lenses. The Sony A1 is outrageous. Too expensive for the amount of photography I do. But seriously impressive.

I hope Sigma can maybe make an L mount clone of the Z mount 24-50. Something like that would pair perfectly with the fpl for those who don't want to juggle a trio of prime lenses.

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