Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blast from the Past: Sigma Interview (October 2006)

While we were looking at the Kakaku BBS, which was mentioning our Sigma SD14 price-drop to $650 post, we saw a link to an older interview with Sigma at the time of the launch of the SD14. The interview was published at Spanish site Quesabesde. Interview is computer-translated to english. The interview was with Kazuto Yamaki, executive director of Sigma. Since this is a multi-layer translated interview, there is no point in trying to read between the lines. Or is there?

In that interview there's a number of interesting things:

  • They could consider doing a Four Thirds camera with a Foveon sensor, sensor would have to be "trimmed" a little bit but it's doable.
  • Says that Sigma does not have an exclusive relationship with Foveon and others can use it but because it's a different paradigm most companies do not want to toss away years of Bayer-specific technologies. He gives an example of Canon's DIGIC being Bayer-specific.
  • Discusses the Sigma DP1 *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* *cough* (He'll probably be having the same discussion at Photokina 2008!)
  • Computer-translated confession: "Speaking honestly, our business of cameras has not been profitable". But they'll continue making cameras in the future.
  • There's lots more this is a long interview, here it is computer-translated in English. Those who speak Spanish can enjoy it in Spanish.

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