In a small, dimly lit coffee shop, my thoughts change from the conversation to how I like the way the light is falling on the face of a friend. I need to capture that moment. So I pull out the small camera from my coat pocket, press the mode button to select my pre-programmed portrait setting and while eye detection autofocus locks on, I have that look…that moment in time captured.
A lone seagull stands on a rock in the middle of a small waterfall. An image appears in my mind that needs to be captured. Dialing the camera down to ISO 6, I press the shutter and capture that dream scene. Perfect.
The local football team is in the red zone and ready to score. The lighting on this high school field is not the best. I press the shutter and get the shot. Looking down, I see that my ISO is 40,000.
These scenarios are just a few examples that help define the new Sigma fp.
The Sigma fp is the smallest and lightest full frame camera on the market. “fp” from a combination of extremes: FORTISSIMO and pianissimo. Bold yet quiet. And while the camera may be small, its feature set is large.
At first glance the Sigma fp appears to be a simple black box. Add the 45mm f2.8 Contemporary lens and it takes on a retro look not unlike the old Argus C3 camera that sparked my interest in photography several decades ago. Trust me…the new Sigma fp will spark your photographic interest going forward. While much is said about the strengths of this camera in the realm of video, I had the pleasure to explore the features of the Sigma fp as a still photographer for the last six weeks, and it can really deliver.
The Sigma fp can charge and download using a USB-C cable, making it easy to charge from an outlet in your car, to downloading (and charging) from your laptop at the coffee shop. With most assignments I’ve been doing, I find I’m getting around 900 images per charge.
Jim Koepnick is one of the leading aviation photographers today, photographing for Cirrus Aircraft, Flying Magazine, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space Smithsonian, AOPA and EAA. He also shoots for the USA Today Network - Wisconsin in the Oshkosh area, specializing in sports and action. His freelance clients include Ripon College, AACD and Our Wisconsin Magazine. Previously, Jim was Chief Photographer at the Experimental Aviation Association for 28 years. In that role, he photographed over 1000 aircraft while on air-to-air missions and supplied over 500 cover images for EAA Publications. His photography has been a consistent winner of awards from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Wisconsin Imaging Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation and Calendar Marketing Association. His photojournalism has received awards from Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Press Photographers Association and Inland Press.