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external Sigma Might be Working on a Micro Four Thirds ILC with a Foveon Sensor —Sigma Rumors

dp1merrill-1According to Sigma Rumors, Sigma might be working on an interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds camera that will pack a Foveon sensor.

There was a time not too many years ago that Sigma had said it had no plans to enter the MFT market, but it’s not unreasonable to think the company might have changed its mind in the meantime.

 
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  • Dom

    Sounds like yet another “reviewer/rumor honk” confusing “MFT” with mirrorless. I don’t see Sigma paying Panasonic and Oly to gain access to their mount and system, but rather potentially building their own mirrorless system camera. Sigma already have a few mirrorless lenses they’ve built for both the APS-C and Micro 4/3 platforms, so they already have that ready if they were to launch a new camera system, and could do so with their existing foveon sensors.

    I’m guessing this is what the rumor mill has picked up on…

  • Zos Xavius

    If you ask me it makes a lot more sense to reuse the same aps-c sensor they have and build a mirrorless around it that can take any lens mount like a sony nex. I’d be willing to bet money that this is what happens if this rumor is true. Interesting to say the least. The foveon at base ISO is quite the sensor. Its too limited use for my needs in general though.

  • g

    But then no one would buy it. If they join m43rds then they would buy the camera to use the sensor with their rlexisting lenses.

    If they build a camera to use legacy lenses or the existing sigma ARTNlenses, what is the point?

  • Cinekpol

    ” I don’t see Sigma paying Panasonic and Oly to gain access to their mount and system,” – they already paid for that: http://www.four-thirds.org/en/contact/group.html

  • Cinekpol

    Perhaps – but that’s still very limited customer base, and small sensor won’t be nearly as attractive as APS-C or Full Frame they could use with different mount. Best deal for them on mirrorless market would be to hook up with Sony and release E-mount body, but Sony is lead by a band of jerks, so that won’t happen.
    The only great alternative I see is releasing their own Full-Frame compatible mount (even if it means APS-C sensor in a first body) and 2-3 adapters (say: M-mount, m4/3-mount (+auto-crop option), and SA-mount). That way they’ll satisfy very broad audience without limiting themselves to m4/3.