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Sigma CEO Says Sony Will Be ‘The’ Major Player In Photo Industry, 6D drops Below $1k {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 23rd 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Sigma CEO Says Sony Will Be ‘The’ Major Player In Photo Industry

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Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki was recently interviewed by Taiwanese outlet Mobile01 and part of that interview focused squarely on what the Sigma CEO thought of Sony and their future in the photography industry.

To us, it is very clear that Sony will be the major player in the photo industry,” Yamaki said, “Because they have sensor technology. In order to differentiate the products, the sensor and lens are the most important. Other things can be shared by other companies. I think in the photo industry who has a good technology of making good sensor and lens could survive. That is why we acquired the Foveon company and try to retain the technology to us.

Sigma’s top dog makes some good points, and all indications are that Sony is definitely creating waves with their sensor performance. Interestingly enough, the interviewer also noted that there is currently a huge demand for Sigma glass for the Sony system. Yamaki replied only with, ‘Everything is possible.

Not a real answer one way or the other, but given his position on Sony’s future in the industry, it would seem a matter of WHEN not IF Sigma will start adding FE mount versions of their popular lenses – or at least of their new lenses going forward.

Refurb Canon 6D‘s, Just $999


Canon’s entry level full frame DSLR, the 6D, is now available for under $1000 (barely). The 6D is a very popular DSLR with a strong following, the camera itself is said to have better performance in some respects over its more expensive 5D brethren.

But how is a full frame Canon DSLR selling for under $1,000? Simple, these are refurbished units, sold directly from Canon. So while a truly brand new Canon 6D will run you a bit more than that, you can get a Canon certified refurbished unit for under $1,000.

Interested? You can grab it over on the Canon website here.

Editing 4K Video on an Ultrabook?

If you have ever tried editing video on a ultra portable device, you know that it can be, and usually is, a bit of a crap shoot. Even 1080p video on a sub-$1000 Ultrabook can give you problems in many cases, let alone 4K.

The guys over at Linus Tech Tips had a notion though; could you comfortably edit 4K footage on a more premium Ultrabook in a pinch? The video above take a look at this question and comes to some very interesting conclusions.

Maybe those super expensive 20lbs gaming laptops aren’t really needed for us creatives anymore??

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    I do believe you can edit 4K video on an “ultrabook”… since I have actually done this on my ASUS NX500. Of course, it helps to have an actual 4K screen, a very fast hard drive (PCIe), a very fast CPU (four core i7), and plenty of memory. My desktop is still faster.

    It’s also a matter of the format. If you’re editing in CinemaDNG, AVC-Intra, or R3D, it’s more the SSD or HDD that’s going to slow you down, not the CPU. If you’re editing long GOP AVC or stacking lots of image processing, you’re going to see about 1/4 the performance you do under HD… no shocks there. If you have to deal with HEVC (hi, Samung NX1 people), you probably need to convert to Cineform or something else before editing, and you’ll be back at the HDD/SSD speed issue.

    I think it’s more the case that once we get back to the feel of editing DV, someone’s going to come along with a reason to buy a faster PC. Things were slow in the early days of HDV, they were slow in the early days of AVCHD/MP4, and they’ll be slow in the early days of 4K. Unless you’re new, you know what to expect.

    No one doing serious video work is going to be happy on a basic PC, desktop or laptop… video is one of the few jobs that really benefits from state-of-the-art computing resources. It’s just that you can get some decent performing “ultrabooks” (stupid name). That and gaming, I suppose. My day job, using lots of electronics CAD, that hasn’t grown anywhere near fast enough to challenge regular PCs. You could design circuit boards or even mechanical 3D CAD on a decent laptop (I’d demand a few big monitors and I do use desktops, but the mechanical guy at my office is doing everything on a laptop).

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  2. Paul Nguyen

    I’m not sure that Sony will be “the” major player. If anything, I think Sony had a pretty ho-hum year. It’s definitely interesting times though.

    If anything, I really think 2015 was Canon’s year. They produced an insanely wide 11-24mm f/4, a feat of engineering in itself. They redesigned the 50mm f/1.8 STM, which is now the sharpest 50mm lens behind only the Zeiss Otus and Sigma 50mm ART (check DxOMark – it performs much better than the old one and much better than the 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.2L). On top of that, they cranked out the 35mm f/1.4L II, showing that they have the optical design capabilities to match and surpass 3rd party manufacturers.

    Nikon was lazy on the lens front, nothing particularly new or interesting. The 24-70mm f/2.8 VR was a nice announcement, but pretty ho-hum to me. The D750 probably takes my pick as Nikon’s best contribution in 2015, perhaps the D5500 coming at a close second due to its weight reductions and its genuine proposition that DSLRs still are better than mirrorless in many ways.

    Sony released several new cameras – the A7RII and A7SII, but they still suffer from the same issue as day one – a lack of lenses. Sure, Sony shooters say to adapt lenses, to use vintage lenses…etc., but those are all clunky solutions to a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place. On top of that, Sony’s cameras just don’t feel as well designed and thought out as something from Nikon, Canon or even Olympus and Fuji. I owned an A6000, X-T1 and E-M1 this year. I hated the A6000, it felt like a point-and-shoot, its buttons were crap, its auto white balance was crap, its colour palette was crap, the fact that I had to buy a charger in order to be able to use the camera with a 2nd battery whilst charging is insane.

    The problem with Sony is that they’re selling gadgets – their cameras are like smartphones, TVs and tablets, which isn’t what a camera should be.

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    • Paul Nguyen

      Also, just before someone jumps in and points out that Sony has released XYZ number of lenses, I’d just like to point out that I don’t see how it’s acceptable that they only way to get a 50mm(-ish) lens on Sony is to fork out almost $1k for the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 which is an excellent lens, but the option for something affordable isn’t there.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Sony’s big problem is glass. And when you look at Nikon, Canon, or even Olympus, they don’t just have that one high-end or low-end option, they usually have at least three lines: bargain, mid-range, and pro. Sony’s been crazy with the body upgrades, but slow to flesh out a full line of lenses. Perhaps they figured that their fastest route to prominence, if not actual parity with Nikon and Canon, was through leading edge electronics — kind of their thing, anyway. But eventually, the glass must flow…

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    • Dave Haynie

      Sony pretty much has always had a ho-hum year in lenses. Though for their system as a whole, the fast that Zeiss has the whole Batis line specifically for Sony, that doesn’t suck.

      But do keep in mind, Sony’s long been an Consumer Electronics company, not a traditional camera company. In terms of what they bring to the industry, I think they’ve had a great year. They did introduce the first BSI (well, actually, stacked — kind of the next step beyond BSI) sensor for a full frame camera. They’ve shored up their domination of the camera sensor OEM business, and they seem well on the way to becoming the “Intel of Sensors” in the semiconductor industry.

      They also introduced the first IBIS system in a full frame, and while not quite as effective as Olympus’ IBIS, pretty darn close. That’s pretty much cemented the superiority of IBIS over OIS for anything short of very long lenses.

      So they will have a certain dominant position in the industry. And they’ll probably maintain and expand that, even if they don’t actually dominate professional or consumer photography in the way that Canon and Nikon do.

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  3. Cary McCaughey

    I’ve been following Linus since the start, he’s the man!!!

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  4. robert s

    “That is why we acquired the Foveon company and try to retain the technology to us. “

    but yet their cameras are from being major players.

    hey sigma, stick with art lenses.

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  5. adam sanford

    Good gravy, a FF rig for $999? Merry Christmas to whoever bought that.

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