Sigma Fp monster firmware update 2.0 – ProRes RAW with Atomos Ninja V / Blackmagic BRAW with View Assist! Dual Native ISO support and more!

Download the Sigma Fp version 2.0 firmware here

The eagerly awaited Sigma Fp version 2.0 firmware has been released today.

The camera is now capable of a DCI 4K 12bit HDMI RAW feed which can be shot in compressed RAW format with a suitable external recorder. This enables the use of NLE friendly RAW workflows, in Apple ProRes RAW with the Ninja V recorder and even BRAW with the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR.

This makes the Sigma Fp the first ever full frame camera to offer BRAW support (with the View Assist), and the first to shoot 2K 120fps in ProRes RAW.

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Shooting with the Canon Dream Lens 50mm F0.95 on my Sigma Fp

Sigma Fp with Canon Dream Lens 50mm F0.95

While recently in Berlin, I bought a Canon Dream Lens 50mm F0.95 with early serial number from my favourite store in town, Fotomax. They also have a very good online shop for vintage lenses and cameras. Of course the classic cameras are all analogue… but I wonder if some of the most fondly remembered digital cameras will one day join them in being appreciated for the artist’s tools they are. One such artist’s tool is the Sigma Fp which when paired with the master painter rendering of the Canon Dream Lens converted to Leica M mount makes real life look better than even Picasso’s imagination.

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Sigma Fp as a 4K full frame USB webcam for Zoom, YouTube and live streaming

Sigma Fp USB C webcam video streaming

What to do at home during the lockdown? Well I have a suggestion, as I discovered during the process of setting up an F1 simulator at home during “the event”, the Sigma Fp supports the USB Video Class (UVC) webcam protocol. No need to download special beta software (as Canon recently announced). It just works. Plug it in via a fast USB port and away you go live streaming with a full frame sensor and lens.

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Sigma Fp to get 120fps RAW recording and more coming in firmware update

Sigma Fp (Kubrick)

The Sigma Fp will get 120fps Cinema DNG RAW recording at 1080p in a forthcoming firmware update, along with several other new features such as an HDR Video mode and ability to record video in the Director’s Viewfinder mode, at various aspect ratios and crop factors.

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Sigma Fp Review – Part 2 – A few bugs you need to know, and comparison to Leica SL2

Sigma Fp vs Leica SL2

Two of the most unique cameras on the market today are both L-mount with 10bit capabilities in 4K. The Sigma Fp of course shoots Cinema DNG 4K RAW at up to 12bit to SSD via USB C and 8bit RAW internally. The Leica SL2 shoots very high quality 10bit 4K LOG internally with more of a passing resemblance to Arri Alexa colour science and LOG profile.

I thought I’d get to know the two, if that’s the case!

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Sigma Fp first shots – how does internal 8bit RAW compare to external 12bit RAW?

With the Sigma Fp it is definitely worth shooting 12bit RAW to a USB C SSD drive to make full use of the dynamic range.

If you don’t need to boost the shadows by 3-4 stops, or under expose by 3-4 stops to prioritise a particularly bright part of the frame, the 8bit RAW to SD card offers beautiful results.

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