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Sigma produces more lenses than probably any other manufacturer, and some of them are top quality and used by many pros worldwide, although I realise some on here won't agree. But, they have all but disappeared in the digital camera race. What happened to the vaunted Foveon sensor that was supposed to put Sigma's DSLR's in the top levels of kit? Even when it comes to compact cameras; where are they? And what's with this new P1 or whatever, a compact with a single focal length?
Recently I've been researching camera systems, and the only reason Sigma even came to mind is the odd ad for their rare camera releases in my collection of Photo mags.
It seems strange that they wouldn't be more involved.
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At the end of the day while they are making huges amounts of money selling lenses for everyone elses cameras, why should they worry about trying to grab a very small sector of an even smaller market share, thats an awfully big investment in R&D and manufacturing when they can just maintain and improve there market in 3rd party lenses.
The DP1 seems to be selling well enough (invested in one myself), it's the first Foveon I've ever had, and though I'm still in the finding out phase I can say that the files it produces are stunning.
I'm glad to hear that. I hope it encourages them, the more the merrier.
Quote: I think they needed a partner.
I agree - BUT... they have the best sensor on the planet and (for whatever reason) won't get into bed with Nikon/Canon to REALLY maximise their market potential.
As as result, I really question their business model.
I read a user review today that stated the latest model has so much shutter lag, even from a half pressed exposure button, that it's useless for any kind of action shooting. That shouldn't be this day and age.
Quote: They are members of the Four Thirds 'consortium' so maybe that's where their future lies
I don`t think this means a great deal, think it just means they get to produce a few lenses for 4/3, there lenses need a little more engineering to be compatable in this mount. There input is very small compared to the likes of panasonic.
Quote: I read a user review today that stated the latest model has so much shutter lag, even from a half pressed exposure button, that it's useless for any kind of action shooting. That shouldn't be this day and age.
Show me the compact that competes with my 1D mkII? I think that you are missing the point!
BTW, this compact competes IQwise with it and my 24-70 L.
Don`t know for sure but I think by signing up to fourthirds they get to see a few trade secrets involving 4/3 lens design, but as yet they have still produced very little.
There`s very little space in the dslr market, even kodak gave up and now concentrate on sensors only. There was a rumor Kodak could be producing sensors for Zenith digital camera`s, mad as it seems.
Quote: I agree - BUT... they have the best sensor on the planet
If I remember correctly it is not actually their sensor they just license its use so they have nothing to get into bed with anybody anyway.
part of the rumor here
Quote: Show me the compact that competes with my 1D mkII? I think that you are missing the point
I wasn't talking about a compact, I was talking about their latest DSLR.
I think the problem with Foveron is that they are just a little bit ahead of their time.
Once the mainstream manufactures have pushed the pixel count race further than it needs to go, the next big thing will be multi layer sensors - such as Foveron.
The original SD9/SD10 were great niche cameras in their time - owned by people who wanted something different from the norm.
But if only they produced a version with a Canon or Nikon mount...
If they had anything worthwhile to offer, I'd be all over it.
You're right Bob - it was a late night last night () It was Foveon's business model I was referring to and not Sigma's. Were a Foveon to appear in a Nikon or a Canon, I too would have one immediately.
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