Sigma Releases Sigma FP Camera, 3 Global Vision Lenses

The Sigma FP offers portability and versatility, and the new lenses are optimized for high-performance full-frame mirrorless digital cameras.

Sigma Corp. has released the Sigma FP, a compact full-frame mirrorless digital camera, and has announced the first three Global Vision lenses optimized for it and other high-performance, full-frame mirrorless cameras. 

Measuring 112.6mm × 69.9mm × 45.3mm and weighing just 13 ounces (without battery and card), the Sigma FP employs a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels. Covered on the front and back sides with die-cast aluminum alloy, the body of the camera features sealing on 42 points for dust-proof and splash-proof reliability. 

The Sigma FP boasts an electronic shutter for quiet shooting. It gives no shutter shock, even when shooting in quick succession at a frame rate of 18 fps.

In addition to a number of different color modes, the Sigma FP features a new “Teal and Orange” mode, inspired by a color-grading technique commonly used in Hollywood films. Each mode has a slider that enables adjustment of the strength of the effects, providing the user with greater control.

The Sigma FP is the first Sigma camera to employ a tone-curve adjustment function in addition to “Fill Light,” a special adjustment function of Sigma Photo Pro, and they are both available in-camera. It also features new “Tone” and “Color” buttons for quick access to those menus. 

The camera employs a number of advanced technologies for image and video generation. The Auto HDR function takes advantage of an electronic shutter to take multiple pictures of different exposures at once (three frames for still photography and two frames for video) that can then be merged into a single picture or video; this feature will be available via firmware update at a later date.

The Cinemagraph function, which will also be available soon via firmware update, offers a hybrid of still photography and video in the form of animated GIFs that can be created in-camera. 

The Sigma FP uses the L-Mount, characterized by a short-flange focal length, large diameter and superior durability. Third-party lenses can be an option through the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corp. With the Sigma Mount Converter MC-21, Sigma SA-mount and Sigma’s Canon EF-mount lenses can be used.

The Sigma FP supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording and 4K UHD/24 fps recording. It also supports All-I recording, which is optimal for editing H.264 compressed videos. For video output, it uses USB3.1 (Gen1), which allows smooth data transmission to an external-recording unit. 

The first three Global Vision lenses optimized for high-performance, full-frame mirrorless cameras are the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art and the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary. 

The Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art is Sigma’s first wide-angle lens with F1.2 maximum aperture for the full-frame Sony E-mount and L-mount system. The lens features three SLD glass elements and three aspherical lenses, including a double-sided aspherical lens that is optimally arranged in a lens construction of 17 elements in 12 groups.

The 35mm F1.2 Art is equally optimized for both still and video shooting. In autofocus, the large Hyper Sonic Motor gives the desired torque required to drive the focus lens group. In manual focus, the focus ring is driven by the focus-by-wire system, wherein the optimized torque setting responds to the fine operations of the photographer. The aperture ring is also mounted with a de-click function, enabling seamless operation that is especially useful during video shooting.

The Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount in late July and will list for $1,499.

The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art is the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The uniform rendering performance and outstanding edge to edge resolution is perfect for astrophotography. The single FLD glass and five SLD glass elements are arranged to suppress edge-to-edge chromatic aberration. Three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens at the foremost surface, are used to effectively minimize flare and other distortions. In addition, a stepping motor enables the high-speed, quiet AF drive. 

The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount in late August and will list for $1,399.

Designed for use with smaller full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens balances easy-to-carry form factor and high optical performance. Perfect for the traveling photographer, this rugged lens produces smooth bokeh effects when wide open. It also achieves sharp rendering when stopped down and is capable of smooth, quiet and high-speed AF made possible by a stepping motor. 

The Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount in late July and will list for $549.

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