Sigma fp L
NEW CAMERA FROM SIGMA: THE MODEL: fpL. Photo taken by Usman Dawood

The Sigma Lens company introduces their new camera. Why would Sigma, who makes incredibly good lenses, all of a sudden decide to get into the camera business as well?

The President of Sigma Corporation, Mr. Yamaki tells us why:

Yamaki gave three reasons. First, he says being a camera manufacturer gives them insights into how images are made from start to finish. This knowledge of the whole process feeds back and makes them a better lens manufacturer. Second, making the whole system is a passion of Sigma’s engineers.

This new model is actually their second camera ever made. And this new camera looks identical to their previous model. But, now has some major differences in it, and certainly something worth thinking about. First, the MP of new cameras keeps improving. This new model camera now brags out at 61MP!! The main benefit of the 61 MP sensor is that this camera has the potential to produce incredible image quality. This is especially the case when you couple it with one of the high-end L-mount lenses such as the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4. The downside to these types of lenses is that the camera will become very front heavy due and potentially uncomfortable to handle. Fortunately, Sigma has also produced a number of compact prime lenses such as the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN. Because of this, the Sigma fp L offers a great deal of flexibility between image quality and portability.

The full-frame sensor in the Sigma fp L produces 61MP files. This is remarkable because the only other camera on the market with that kind of resolution is the Sony A7R IV. To have that kind of quality in such a tiny camera is incredible. Not to mention the fact that this is an L-mount, interchangeable lens camera, which grants a great deal of flexibility when it comes to lens choice. 

Images from the Sigma fp L are highly detailed and offer lots of flexibility. Color profiles in the camera such as the new Power Blue filter help to produce interesting and creative results. These profiles are only baked into the JPEGs meaning you still have full control over your raw files.

NOW: New rumor (which is pretty reliable) from Canon:

Canon EOS R5S 100MP

Don’t shoot the messenger! Canon is set to unleash a 100MP Canon EOS R5S next year, breaking the megapixel record for a full-frame mirrorless camera, according to the latest rumors.

Even though Canon has rumored that they will come out with a 100MP camera, you know there are giants out there already working on ways to beat that. The only thing about this high Megapixel camera is that it also raises prices on cameras. It’s like buying a 1 Terabyte memory card. Really that little card is $500 !!!!

So, when will this ever end? I don’t think it will. But, me as a consumer are getting nervous that the new cameras of tomorrow will be priced about $4000 to $8000 soon. And here is the real deal. Have you ever seen a 40X60 photo from a camera that just has 20MP? It is phenomenal. So, will the printers of tomorrow be able to reproduce images that were taken with these new high resolution cameras. That is yet to be seen.

This latest report from Canon Rumors, however, suggests that Canon is going all out to hit the same 100MP threshold as the all-powerful Fujifilm GFX 100 and Fujifilm GFX 100S. Not to mention giving it a head-and-shoulders advantage over Sony’s rival hi-res body, the 61MP Sony A7R IV

Conclusion by editor:

There comes a time when camera manufactures have got to quit competing against each other. Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea that sensors of today are now sharper than film. But, it’s coming at a cost that soon may hurt the camera manufactures because very few people will be able to afford these Might Megapixel Cameras. Would I love to shoot with these cameras? Oh yeah! Any serious photographer would love these cameras. Hmmm, I wonder if someone would give me one for a while to try one.

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