Sigma CEO Yamaki: Sigma FP not selling as well as expected, new compact FF lenses coming

Sigma chief Kazuto Yamaki was interviewed by Dpreview:

Focus on lens design for mirrorless system:

It’s simply because we’ve had higher demand for mirrorless lenses. The mirrorless camera market is stable compared to DSLR. If you look at the market statistics you’ll see that the decline in DSLR sales is quite significant. This decline gets steeper every month.
We’re also seeing a decline in sales of our DSLR lenses, so naturally we have to focus our efforts on the development of mirrorless lenses.

Strong DN Full Frame lens sales:

They’re doing very well, especially our 24-70mm F2.8. It’s been very well-received. We’re still catching up to demand for that lens. We’ve been enhancing our manufacturing capacity, continuously, but we still can’t meet demand. Even in the current difficult situation, demand for that lens is still very strong.

About the Sigma FP sales:

It sold quite well at the beginning. Early adopters were very interested, and purchased the camera immediately. We’ve received a lot of emails from customers, which I’ve read, and we have a lot of customers who are very happy and satisfied with the fp. We’ve also been monitoring feedback online, through Facebook and Twitter; things like that.
To be honest though, sales have declined considerably [since launch], especially in Europe and America. It’s still selling well in Japan, but overall sales have been lower than expected.

Development of small FF lenses:

Going forward, we will still try to deliver the highest-possible quality products. But we will have two main streams of products. One is for very serious photographers, like our existing ‘Art’ series. But another line will be high quality, premium lenses, but much more compact. And very stylish, like our 45mm F2.8, with metal housings, and high quality aperture and focus rings. We will expand that kind of range for street photographers, or those who need smaller, stylish, high-quality products.

About the Sigma Foveon L-mount camera:

The development of the sensor has been significantly delayed. We are still working on it, but there are still several technical problems we need to overcome. If everything goes well, we should be able to release the camera next year. But if we continue to face technical problems the camera may be delayed further. We haven’t stopped developing the camera, but without the sensor we can’t move very fast.

I damn hope to see this new Foveon camera next year!!! 🙂

Very wild rumors about a new Panasonic S1V (?) L-mount cinema camera

A chinese film maker Yu Yue reports about a possible new cinema L-mount cinema camera that might be named Pansonic S1V. He also spilled out those specs:

New enhanced version S1H(S1V?)
4K 120P Netflix approved codec,
11.8M pixels CMOS
Great low light performance,
Enhanced all pixels DFD,
4K 120P HDR 12 Bit Raw external recording,
Coming this year.

I really haven’t heard anything about such a camera yet. Drop me a message if you know more about this!

January 2020 camera sales dropped by 19%

The latest Cipa reports contains some very worrisome data: The system camera market dropped by 19%. The system camera market sales were down 11% in terms of units sold and by 19% in terms of value. The rest of the year will be even worse due the effect of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Panasonic-Leica-Sigma might slow down their product release cycle because of that 🙁

Sigma announces it will release the new FP firmware Ver.2.00 this summer

Sigma just teased the launch of a new major firmware update for the FP:

SIGMA is pleased to announce the firmware update schedule for the SIGMA fp.

Firmware update Ver.2.00 will be released in summer 2020. It will improve the camera’s capability with the addition or improvement of a number of functions including CinemaDNG playback, cinemagraph functionality and movie recording with the Director’s Viewfinder.

[Benefits of the update] ・Supports CinemaDNG 120/100fps (FHD 8bit) shooting.
・Supports cinemagraph functionality.
・Supports still image shooting during live view and movie shooting in Cine mode.
・Supports HDR shooting.
・Supports Director’s Viewfinder recording function.
・Supports SDK (Software Development Kit).

SIGMA is also developing firmware Ver.1.02, which corrects card errors when using certain SD cards, and introduces added lens aberration correction processing. This is scheduled to be released on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

Panasonic announces the new L-mount lens roadmap

Below you can see the new Panasonic L-mount lens roadmap. You will find those new lenses:

  • 24mm f/1.8
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 85mm f/1.8 (was already on the previous roadmap)
  • new fast wide angle zoom (compatible for astro photography)
  • new standard zoom
  • telephoto zoom

They removed the 100mm f/2.8 macro from the roadmap and Panasonic said this lens is “under consideration”. Panasonic also says the new f/1.8 primes have very high quality, impressive bokeh and are compact.