Sigma is developing small L Mount lenses to go with the Sigma fp

Jun 16, 2020

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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.

Sigma is developing small L Mount lenses to go with the Sigma fp

Jun 16, 2020

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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The L mount alliance is a funny thing. On one corner of the triangle, you’ve got Panasonic, traditionally known in the digital world for making pretty outstanding and fairly small, Micro Four Thirds cameras. When it comes to their full-frame mirrorless, though, they seem to be about as big as DSLRs, with lenses to match.

But in another corner, Sigma seems to have taken over the reins of small cameras with their Sigma fp. It still has that “big lens” problem, though. Now it looks like Sigma is planning to do something about it, according to an interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki by Gizmodo Japan, and is working on some smaller lenses to use with the fp.

Mr Yamaki was asked how satisfied he is with the Sigma fp as a system, which he rated at “50” (out of 100).

The camera itself is good, but the rest is a lens. The world view cannot be established unless the number of compact lenses suitable for SIGMA fp is increased. After all, standard, wide-angle, and telephoto are necessary, and if they are put together, it will be close to 100 points as a system. It fits in many situations, and above all, I find it fun to use.

You may recognize that there will eventually be something that matches SIGMA fp. I would like to develop the camera itself.

– Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma CEO

The Sigma fp is the smallest full-frame camera on the market, and it likely will be for some time. But to really take advantage of the camera’s small size, small lenses are required. If you have to go with a big lens, you might as well go with a bigger camera to help give better balance and ease your wrists.

I’ve tried using the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR on a tiny little Nikon D3000 series body and it’s not fun! I’ve also held the Sigma fp with the monster Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art lens on it. That’s also pretty front heavy. There’s a noticeable difference in feel and balance between using that lens on the Sigma fp vs the Panasonic S1.

I don’t think we’ll see bright, wide, f/1.4 primes like the 105 in a smaller form factor, but perhaps a 50mm f/1.8, some variable aperture zooms. Something for walking about with and doing street photography, travel photography and other things when you don’t want to be carting around a huge heavy camera setup.

And, who knows? Maybe Panasonic will also decide to start making smaller cameras again, but L mount with full-frame sensors. Such small lenses would be equally as useful for those.

There’s no news on exactly when we’ll see some of these new small L mount lenses or how much we can expect them to cost.

[Gizmodo Japan via Digicame-info]

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15 responses to “Sigma is developing small L Mount lenses to go with the Sigma fp”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I’m honestly not seeing the point in a full-frame camera this small when you really do need large lenses to take advantage of it.

    1. Daniel Lowe Avatar
      Daniel Lowe

      the Sigma FP is kind of a gimmicky camera, but Panasonic S1 series owners will rejoice at having more lens options

  2. Fazal Majid Avatar
    Fazal Majid

    Leica M lenses show how small full-frame lenses for a mirrorless full-frame system with short flange distance can be. Keeping a small size with autofocus motors is the big challenge.

  3. Paul Monaghan Avatar
    Paul Monaghan

    Have no idea what you mean

    1. Timofej Nenarokov Avatar
      Timofej Nenarokov

      105mm ?

    2. Vincent Yau Avatar
      Vincent Yau

      Paul Monaghan just right.

    3. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Timofej Nenarokov yea :)

    4. Timofej Nenarokov Avatar
      Timofej Nenarokov

      Paul Monaghan nice

    5. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Timofej Nenarokov its a lovely lens, I use it on my sdQ-H mostly where it doesn’t really feel out of place (can hold the camera with the grip) but only my a7ii (via mc-11) or fp (via mc-21) you have to really hold the lens.

    6. Timofej Nenarokov Avatar
      Timofej Nenarokov

      Paul Monaghan there is l-mout version of it (;

    7. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Timofej Nenarokov yea but then I couldn’t use it on my sdQ-H ;)

      The lens works well with adaptors.

    8. Timofej Nenarokov Avatar
      Timofej Nenarokov

      Paul Monaghan fair enough

    9. Paul Monaghan Avatar
      Paul Monaghan

      Timofej Nenarokov once I moved to L mount (waiting on FF Foveon) then I might swap over to L mount only lenses but its actually nice being able to use one lens over three systems.

  4. Paul Monaghan Avatar
    Paul Monaghan

    Can be small though :)

  5. Richie Vela Avatar
    Richie Vela

    Thank you