Comprehensive Sigma Fp first impressions and interview – Cinema DNG RAW internal recording!

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There were two highlights of IBC 2019 for me. The Sigma Fp, and the Z-CAM range. From the ground-up the Sigma Fp seems to be aimed at us, at artists. A small and incredibly light camera that hits the big full frame notes, some of the niche features like the digital director’s viewfinder are unheard of in consumer full frame cameras from major manufacturers.

This is clever and will get the camera a lot of use by top-flight talent. Most exciting for me is the focus on the video recording features – which are big step for Sigma and indeed push the boundaries of what we expect from a “prosumer” camera.

  • Cinema DNG RAW 4K 12bit to USB C SSD media
  • Internal 1080p 12bit internal RAW Cinema DNG uncompressed
  • Internal 4K RAW uncompressed (bit-depth drops to 8bit at the moment)

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An update on L-mount lens compatibility (Leica SL and Panasonic S1)

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Just like my forum users, I read a few days ago at DPReview that Sigma won’t be making the MC-21 Canon EF adapter compatible with any Leica mirrorless cameras including the Leica SL.

There is now quite some confusion over whether the adapter is going to work with a firmware update, or never? I am waiting for Leica, Panasonic and Sigma to clarify this. In my view the L-mount alliance shouldn’t be plagued by compatibility issues between cameras and lenses with the same mount, nor should there be political reasons for disabling certain products (or a ‘specification change’ as Sigma put it)!

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Did Leica just veto the Sigma MC-21 Canon EF adapter for L-mount? So much for an alliance!

Above: The Sigma MC-21 adapter was to give Canon EF lens owners the ability to use their lenses on all L-mount mirrorless cameras including the Panasonic S1

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What’s the point of having an alliance around a single lens mount if the adapters and lenses don’t work on every camera?

That’s the big question Panasonic, Leica and Sigma should be asking themselves today.

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Sony A7 III arrives – full frame 4K HDR video oversampled from 6K – $1999

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The gulf in capability between Canon and Sony continues to widen with the A7 III – the entry level full frame mirrorless model, which is practically an A9 with HDR and S-LOG for less than half the price. The new ergonomic refresh and larger Z battery with 710 shots per charge (longest of any mirrorless camera yet) are just as appealing as the headline specs.

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Sony A7R3 users – THROW AWAY YOUR CANON LENSES!

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It’s time to turn to Sigma if you are a Sony user.

With Sigma’s own Canon mount MC-11 adapter, PDAF in video mode is blazingly responsive.

But ONLY with Sigma’s own lenses.

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Sigma’s secret weapon – SD Quattro review, an incredible filmic 8K timelapse tool with infrared capabilities

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I’ve been shooting timelapses and infrared stills with the Sigma SD Quattro mirrorless camera.

Foveon is a future bayer slayer. Sigma could end up ruling the sensor market for high end cameras in 10 years.

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What would happen if we took all the best features and put them in ONE camera…

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What’s the ultimate cross-breed camera of 2014? If we take all the strong points of the manufacturers and put them in one camera, what do we get?

  • Full frame sensor from the Sony A7S
  • 4K internal codec from the Panasonic GH4
  • Big EVF from Fuji and their lovely X-T1
  • 5 axis in-body stabilisation from Olympus (working for video with any lens)
  • Cine lenses by Sigma – their 35mm F1.4 and 50mm F1.4 are that good
  • Bundled grading / editing software from Blackmagic – Resolve 11
  • Ergonomic styling by Fuji

I’m very sorry but I couldn’t think of a single class leading technology that Canon and Nikon have brought to the market in the last few years to complete my dream camera!

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2013 – 10 things which have impressed me – and some that haven’t!

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Psst… I’m having an end of year clear out

Where would we be without the end of the year and the impending doom that is Christmas? Enjoying summer? Revelling in the most fruitful year for filmmakers and camera geeks on record? I’d much rather 2013 just carried on!

Alas the year is starting to wind down now for the Holidays and this seems like a good moment to look back at the most amazing (and not so amazing) events of 2013…

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