In our continuing articles about the top 8 camera companies, I am going to slip in one more. We all know Sigma as a big lens company that makes lenses for about every camera. They are known for extremely high quality, very durable lenses, and everyone that has bought a lens of theirs, is very, very happy with their new lens.
But, did you know that Sigma makes a line of cameras, most mirrorless cameras. Sigma is a family owned business, and their idea of getting into the camera business is unique. Why make a camera when you do so well with lenses? Well, here is the story:
A mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) or simply mirrorless camera, also called digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM), is a photo camera featuring a single, removable lens and a digital display. The camera does not have a reflex mirror or optical viewfinder like a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Many mirrorless cameras retain a mechanical shutter. Like a DSLR, a mirrorless camera accepts any of a series of interchangeable lenses compatible with its lens mount.
As before, the Sigma fp L is the smallest full-frame mirrorless camera you can buy. More impressively, it’s also the highest resolution full-frame model, period, in a tie with Sony’s A7R IV (which likely shares the same sensor).
In September 2018 Sigma became one of the founding members of the L-Mount Alliance; it announced that it will cease to develop SA-mount cameras and instead use Leica‘s L-Mount. A new full-frame mirrorless camera, Sigma FP, was launched in 2019 along with a range of L-Mount lenses and adapters.
As a photographer who already loves the original SIGMA fp, when given the chance to work with the next generation, I knew I was in for something special. The SIGMA fp L is the second camera in this mirrorless series, and it brings a wealth of improvements clearly aimed at upping the photographic potential of this sleek camera. The original fp flew under the radar for photographers, due to a feature set that was primarily aimed at cine applications, but the fp L changes this entirely with a higher resolution sensor, an available EVF, and faster and more precise focusing performance. The fp L reads like someone closely reviewed a photographers’ wish list of missing features from the original model, added those, and still made sure to retain the beloved modular ethos, small size, and distinct SIGMA character.
Sigma, like all other camera manufactures, made a real “flagship” camera, well built, and to compete with the other brands out there. Click on the Amazon link to find out more about that camea.
Sigma has a few unique lenses only available from Sigma. I personally would love to own one these camera lenses:
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens: The Essential Prime for Mirrorless
When SIGMA first introduced the Art line of prime lenses in 2013, there was no question about which focal length would arrive first. While 50’s are classic and 85’s are perfect for portraits, there’s only one lens that could push the entire company to a new level — the 35mm Art would be that lens.
Of course, technology continues to move forward, and mirrorless camera bodies have now begun to take over the camera industry. Thus, a new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art — designed exclusively for mirrorless — has been developed to bring the incredible image quality and versatility that DSLR shooters have enjoyed for years to E-mount and L-mount systems.
So, Sigma is a camera and lens manufacture that needs to be recognized. An incredible company that makes amazing quality products. Watch for them to grow even more in the future.
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