Sigma fp L images leak ahead of anticipated March 23rd announcement

Mar 19, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sigma fp L images leak ahead of anticipated March 23rd announcement

Mar 19, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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In what will come as a massive shock to absolutely nobody, Nokishita has managed to get their hands on photos of the upcoming Sigma fp L mirrorless camera ahead of its official announcement expected next week on March 23rd. And in a further act of defiant predictability, they’ve posted them to Twitter.

As well as the Sigma fp L camera itself, they also have photos of the strange-looking modular EVF-11 electronic viewfinder, which bolts onto the side of the camera instead of sitting on top.

The camera body itself look… relatively normal. At least by Sigma standards. It looks pretty much the same as the original Sigma fp. The sensor, however, is expected to be something a little special. No, it’s still not a proper Foveon, but it is expected to house a sensor with a colour filter array similar to the Super CCD tech Fuji used to use in their DSLRs.

But the modular nature of the Sigma fp gets even weirder with the Sigma fp L as the EVF-11 electronic viewfinder seems to show. It plugs into the HDMI, USB and other ports on the side of the camera, potentially housing a full-sized HDMI underneath a little door marked “HDMI cover”. But it also has a tilting EVF on top, too.

There doesn’t seem to be any word yet on an anticipated price for the Sigma fp L camera, tlhoguh the EVF-11 electronic viewfinder is rumoured to be somewhere around $690. Seems an awful lot for a bolt-on extra, but perhaps this will make up for a lower price on the body itself so that Sigma can try to keep it competitive. If this is the case, it’ll be very handy for those looking to shoot video – for which the original Sigma fp is no slouch!

A number of other accessories are also expected to be announced alongside the camera and the EVF-11 on March 23rd. And even though it’s not going to house a Foveon sensor, it’s probably the most intriguing camera Sigma will have released in the past decade or so – at least from the rumours and leaks so far.

We’ll let you know more on Tuesday! Or, sooner if Nokishita manages to get their hands on the entire spec sheet (which also wouldn’t be much of a surprise).

[via Nokishita]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Sigma fp L images leak ahead of anticipated March 23rd announcement”

  1. Brody Barz Avatar
    Brody Barz

    What is this? Who is this for? $700 evf? Wtf!! Sigma come on…Give us that full frame Foveon camera we’ve been waiting so many years for.

    1. Thar Avatar
      Thar

      Why would you be waiting for a Sigma camera?? Nothing special about Sigma.

      1. Brody Barz Avatar
        Brody Barz

        The insane detail and rich colors that the Foveon sensor is able to capture. If you know how to use these cameras within their parameters, you can capture truly remarkable photos. They are not for the average person who wants to spray and pray and hope for the best. These cameras are made for slow, methodical photography. Think of them as how you would shoot with medium format film cameras. You will be rewarded when you put the effort in.

      2. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        Every pixel on a Foveon sensor sees all three colours – unlike the Bayer sensor found in most cameras, where for each group of four pixels, 2 see green, 1 sees red, 1 sees blue and the missing data is interpolated from the surrounding pixels. Fuji’s X-Trans sensor works similarly to a Bayer sensor, but with a different arrangement of the colours. Sigma’s new sensor in the fp L is said to be similar to that of the “Super CCD” filter array found in the DSLRs Fuji used to force into Nikon D200 bodies (which were very good, but they weren’t Foveon).

        With Foveon, there’s no interpolation of that missing data because the data is there for all three colour channels on every pixel. :)