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Old Feb 23, 2010, 12:38 PM   #1
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in a recent interview, Sigma announced plans to develop an EVIL (interchangeable lens mirrorless) with their Fovean sensor. Nothing further is known at this point.

they also plan to start making lenses for current EVIL cameras (Oly/Panny, Samsung)
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in a recent interview, Sigma announced plans to develop an EVIL (interchangeable lens mirrorless) with their Fovean sensor. Nothing further is known at this point.

they also plan to start making lenses for current EVIL cameras (Oly/Panny, Samsung)
While all digital cameras are obsolete the day after they are released, Sigma has the delightful habit of their new releases being two years obsolete the day after release.

Even so, even so, the Foveon chip is clearly far superior to a Bayer pattern sensor. My 4 Meg Sigma is easily equal to a nine or ten meg Bayer in absolute resolution, and in terms of interpolating images up, even more powerful.

Why they don't focus on raising the mega bytes to eight or nine, (which would give them the absolute lead in resolving power) is beyond me.

The bottom line of photography is the IQ of the final image, not the various bells and whistles which is what the present "wars" between manufacturers is all about.

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While all digital cameras are obsolete the day after they are released, Sigma has the delightful habit of their new releases being two years obsolete the day after release.

Even so, even so, the Foveon chip is clearly far superior to a Bayer pattern sensor. My 4 Meg Sigma is easily equal to a nine or ten meg Bayer in absolute resolution, and in terms of interpolating images up, even more powerful.

Why they don't focus on raising the mega bytes to eight or nine, (which would give them the absolute lead in resolving power) is beyond me.

The bottom line of photography is the IQ of the final image, not the various bells and whistles which is what the present "wars" between manufacturers is all about.

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I think the problem is that Sigma just doesn't have the R&D and budget for electronics that our large manufacturers do. This leads to a decisive disadvantage when it comes to actually building camera bodies and sensors, etc.

So they end up with some really great ideas, that just aren't quite up to speed with the rest.

I personally think they should look for a co-op with a large electronics manufacturer. They have the experience with lenses, let someone else handle the hardware.
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I think the problem is that Sigma just doesn't have the R&D and budget for electronics that our large manufacturers do. This leads to a decisive disadvantage when it comes to actually building camera bodies and sensors, etc.

So they end up with some really great ideas, that just aren't quite up to speed with the rest.

I personally think they should look for a co-op with a large electronics manufacturer. They have the experience with lenses, let someone else handle the hardware.
This may very well be a correct analysis. I've been interested in the Foveon chip ever since I heard of it - Long before Sigma bought the company. Since acquiring my very own Sigma, this interest has changed into complete admiration. I am still shocked at how close I can crop the images, and how powerful the resolving power of this sensor is.

I hope these people do SOMETHING! I sort of see this as a company sitting on a gold mine, and being too cheap to purchase modern mining equipment; wondering why they're not getting rich...

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...they also plan to start making lenses for current EVIL cameras (Oly/Panny, Samsung)
This is good news for me as well! Hope for an 'affordable' super-wide lens....
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This is good news for me as well! Hope for an 'affordable' super-wide lens....
i suspect your wishes will be fulfilled. i expect them to give you a 10-20 at least.
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A super wide angle lens would do a lot to restore Sigma's reputation and it would require less electronics. So that my be a logical direction for Sigma.

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