Is The Foveon Sensor Still Relevant?
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ParticipantPosts: 1Cameras, Lenses and Shooting Gearon: February 24, 2020 at 11:05 am
I sympathize with your love of the Foveon sensor because of it’s unique look and dimensionality, but Bayer camera advances have made the Foveon mostly irrelevant since it can’t compete on speed, high iso, buffer or video, and image quality alone is no longer enough to make photographers want to buy a camera especially since its mp count is so low compared to modern Bayer offerings. But I still shoot with my SD1M and will continue to do so because I’m addicted to that unique look, plus pano stitching goes a long way towards making up for the lack of single shot resolution. But I would never recommend a Sigma camera to others as they’re just too difficult to use compared to any Bayer camera on the market.
ParticipantPosts: 98Re: Is The Foveon Sensor Still Relevant?Reply #1 on: July 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Yep, it is. Sigma DP Merrills. Carried for the type of images they are good at. Slow, clunky and images at low ISO settings that make it worth it. No interchangeable lenses as they are fixed lens bodies. Little bricks that push you to treat batteries as if they are 36 exposure rolls of film – short battery life. But – the payoff is the images.
They are not for everyone. Not generally for sports and fast work. But one doesn’t need 12 frames a second for most things. Low light? Work just fine with longer exposures at low ISO.
If you are always in a hurry the Foveon cameras are not for you. There is always newer stuff coming out – but not necessarily “better” images when one looks at them.
"A good still photograph, studied by an inquiring mind, frequently yields more information than a mile of moving images". Walter Cronkite, New York, June 1989
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