Sigma fp L initial review update: Studio scene analysis by Dpreview

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Dpreview published the Sigma FP L Studio scene analysis and writes:

We’ve put the Sigma fp L up next to the Sony a7R IV first and foremost, since they share a similar sensor design and resolution of 61MP. At first glance, the Sigma looks just slightly softer than the Sony, though looking closely reveals similar levels of fine detail. We ran the files through an MTF analysis and found that this difference is within the realm of the impact of an anti-aliasing filter – and Sigma has chosen to include one on the fp L, while Sony has left one off its a7R IV. For reference, an anti-aliasing filter helps suppress moiré, while leaving one out results in an increase in perceived sharpness. (It’s worth noting that the Canon EOS R5 has an anti-aliasing filter while the Nikon Z7 II foregoes one.)

Indeed, when we look at areas where moiré can be problematic, we can see the Sigma controls it a little better than the Sony does. Overall, the Sigma fp L gives you plenty of detail and the files should respond well to a bit of extra sharpening should you so desire.

At higher ISO values, the Sigma continues to perform well, and actually shows less noise than the Sony and similar noise levels to the Nikon by ISO 51200. The very highest setting should really be reserved for emergencies, as with all the other cameras here. However, the Sigma does show some banding (visible along the right edge of the full test chart), due to the interaction of its full-time electronic shutter and the tungsten light we use for this test.

Panasonic 85mm f/1.8 L lens tested at DxOmark: “notable for its high sharpness at most apertures”

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DxOmark tested the new lens and concluded:

Panasonic is well known for its Micro Four-Thirds system but less so for its full-frame models. It will take time to become established, but introducing a range of relatively affordable f/1.8 lenses seems sound. As for the optical quality, this 85mm F1.8 model is notable for its high sharpness at most apertures, especially the initial aperture. But there’s more to optical quality than that. In our tests we found it’s not quite as well-corrected as some of its closest rivals — it has high levels of lateral fringing, for example. Still, it’s a reasonably priced lens and a solid performer overall.

Sigma fp L hands-on by Engadget: Tiny camera, big sensor, enormous compromises

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Engadget reviewed the Sigma FP-L

It’s too bad this camera isn’t more practical, because I like the idea of an ultra-small, well-built mirrorless full-frame camera. Sigma has proven over time that it makes fantastic lenses across a wide range of cameras and mounts, giving users more choice. However, a camera is another level of difficulty that Sigma has yet to master — hopefully, it’ll make some adjustments and keep trying.