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Sigma’s full-frame L-Mount fp camera could sell for less than £1,900

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Sigma announced the “world’s smallest full-frame camera” in July and it is due to go on sale later this month. According to a report on Photorumors, the selling price could be as low as $1899.99. This is something of a surprise since previous estimates have hovered around the $3,000 mark.

Sigma's cine-centric fp will cost less than expected. The 45mm f/2.8 lens seen here has already been a hit with L-mount stills photographers because of its small size and realistic price
Sigma’s cine-centric fp will cost less than expected. The 45mm f/2.8 lens seen here has already been a hit with L-mount stills photographers because of its small size and realistic price

Owners of L-mount lenses will be interested in the fp if only because it is so compact and light (422g). The downside, however, is that the Sigma fp is unashamedly designed for cine. It relies on a fully automatic shutter which many stills photographers will dislike.

Downer

But perhaps the biggest downer is the absence of a traditional viewfinder. Instead, a bulky accessory hood arrangement with integral viewfinder attaches to the rear screen and is clearly intended specifically for cine operation.

Nevertheless, the fp is an interesting addition to the L-Mount camera showroom — currently limited to the Leica SL and the three variations on the Panasonic Lumix S. We can hope that Sigma is working on a modified version of the fp with emphasis on still photography, including the inclusion of a proper viewfinder.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Wow, that’s certainly a lot cheaper (if true) than expected. Probably helped in large measure by the use of the typical Bayer sensor rather than their proprietary Foveon sensor. This, of course, suggests even further that this is aimed a video shooters, as getting a video output from the foveon is extremely difficult.

    The electronic shutter and lack of viewfinder probably rule this one out for me. But it’s compact size is certainly enticing and it’s great to see Sigma pushing boundaries. I’m looking forward to their foveon full frame, due in 2021. That could be spectacular image quality – but will it carry the typical Sigma problems of weird layouts and slow operation?

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