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Friday, 26 August 2022


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If it is like the dp Quattro, then '9' is number of frames left in buffer I think.

I got one of these with the 45/2 lens. It's intriguing for sure. I ended up using it with the Sigma small grip. It is absurdly small for sure. Even with the EVF attached to the left side, it remains small and tidy.

I don't like the EVF though, even if it is large and very accurate.

Even though I've read how nice the rear VF is, it also seems to me to defeat the purpose of the camera.

The real problem with the camera for a photographer like me, is the electronic shutter rolling effect. You simply have to keep the camera still when you shoot or you will get the Edvard Munch look to people. The other problem, again to a shooter like me, is the flash sync speed, it's something like 1/25 sec in JPEG, slower in RAW.

So what the camera is for people who hand carry is a box capable of very nice images that you can use like an old film camera provided you dont mind focusing through the rear screen. The lens has articulated f-stop indents that you can set literally as you raise the camera. You never have to go through the menus as you shoot. With the 45mm its wonderfully balanced, and the battery life is OK. A spare battery is cheap too.

At the end of the day though, I don't think it's worth the tradeoffs. The files are nicer than, but not THAT much nicer than the Pentax DSLR I've been using, or for that matter the Nikon Z50 that I'm trying out. Neither is FF of course.

One last thing about the FP, it's built like the proverbial s***house. The buttons and switches are tactile and it just reeks of quality.

"...there's an enigmatic little "9" in the extreme bottom right...I have no idea what that means..."

It could be the number of frames that you could fire off before the buffer clogs up.

My Nikon D300s had a mysterious "R21" in the finder. I never shot high frame rates so it never changed. Years of curiosity made me open the manual for the first time and the "R" stood for remaining (as in the frames) and the number was the number.

Seems like a nice little camera. But, damn, that's a fine looking pickup truck!

"The more dials and buttons, the better"

Gee, I guess the Constellation Audio Inspiration Integrated amp I have on-hand doesn't qualify then...

Life is tough, but I'll figure out a way to soldier on...somehow. ;-)

If the eye point is insufficient for glasses, you might be able to substitute a Zacuto Z-Finder Optical Viewfinder Hood Loupe with its Schneider optics.

I have a love hate for Sigma. I've owned every Foveon version they've made. If they could have figured out how to remove those god awful unpredictable unremovable magenta blotches that randomly appreared at every ISO, I'd have kept them.

I just can't trust Sigma anymore after that experience.

Itching to see how you find the Leica fares by comparison.

I had all the Sigma Foveon cameras. Loved their simple menus and the results from the DP1, 2 and 3 Merrill cameras were the same as the SD1 Merrill since they all had the same sensor. The processing of the files back then with Sigma's program and the quick buffer fill-ups took a toll on me. I eventually sold off all the little Merrills (DP1,2 & 3) and kept two SD1 Merrill bodies because I love their color for abstract work.

Then came the dp Quattros. Bought one with the same viewfinder (big loupe in a hood) you speak about with your loaner, but the color was not the same as the Foveon sensor, as it looked just like a CMOS sensor camera, but with all the Sigma quirks. Sold it soon after, and swore off Sigma cameras from that point. But, I do enjoy my Sigma SD1 Merrill cameras when I have the abstract itch to scratch.

Even though I care more for black & white film images over digital, I am enjoying your adventures. Keep it up!

To hell with the camera. I lusted after a receiver like that Pioneer (or a Marantz) when I was in high school. More than for a car! More than for girls! But no chance. Way too poor. Eventually I forgot about them.

So thanks for re-kindling it. Thanks a lot.

Here's my B&W setup and a sample photo:

During the pandemic, I bought a Nikon FM and 35mm Nikkor to shoot Sri-X like the 1980s. Gave up after 2 rolls. When Nikon introduced the Z-Fc, I bought one and used it "normally for a while" and liked it a lot. I actually liked the "Monochrome" setting.

Then I started buying inexpensive Z-mount lenses to play with. This became my usual setup - a Meikke 25mm manual lens, with the Nikon set on Monochrome. I turned the monitor around facing the body and never look at it. The focus peaking aid works great and the button near the viewfinder Zooms in as another focus aid - really nice feature. And hiding in the menus, you can set B&W filters for Monochrome - the photo uses the yellow filter option.

Works for me.

The photo is of the new 6th Street Bridge here in LA.

If you want to see a large version of the 6th St Bridge photo, I posted one here

I'm using a Fuji GFX 50R as a "medium format back" on my setup, but if I ever needed a smaller body, the Sigma would be the one to get. For all of the reasons that you list, it is an absolutely ideal "back" on a digital view camera.

A feature of the FP L that would seal the deal for me is the ability to choose 4:3 aspect ratio. It's ridiculous, I know, but it grates that Fuji isn't providing 4:3 on the X-T2 through a firmware upgrade. Despite having used 3:2 for many years, now that I only work in 4:3 I find 3:2 awkward. Every frame I make with that camera gets converted to 4:3 in Lightroom -- such a pain.

It really is the little things...

Regarding the extraction of an SD card from the underside of a camera that is equipped with a base plate, I had the same problem with my Olympus Pen-F. One of my hobbies is simple machining, so I made a tool to help and it's worked well. Here's a link to my web page about it: https://toolingaround.ca/sdce.php There might be a (very small) business opportunity here for someone to make and sell something like this. :-)

Not enough buttons and dials? Quelle Horror!! What will the dweebified "photographer" from the big D review site do? How will he tune his special profile and command buttons? But at least he can buy a thousand cages, lenses, and other things for his Sigma if he goes that route.

Hey Mike, I've never used a camera with IBIS but I can certainly see the allure and it would be on my short list with a new camera. But you're thinking of a B&W conversion. Aren't most of the IBIS cameras using moving sensors for stabilization? If so, is there a potential for damage when converting to B&W? Food for thought....

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