8.28.2021

Primitive, slow, but virtuous street shooting camera for eccentrics.

This is the Sigma fp. I looked in the closet and found a demure cage for it.
This allowed me to attach a strap to the camera and brought it 
forward into the "frequent user" category. 

I like it best in this minimalist dress. Just a small cage, no finder
and the impetuous, surprising and supremely adequate 
Sigma 45mm f2.8.

I've written about the Sigma fp many times before. I think it's still the smallest, full frame, 24 megapixel camera on the market. I was toying with buying a Leica TL2 today thinking it might be nice to have an L mount camera that's much smaller and lighter than anything else I've seen. Sure, it's "only" an APS-C camera but that's never been an issue for me. I was toying with the keyboard, looking intently at a nice, used TL2 complete with an 18mm f2.8 Leica lens and imagining all sorts of use cases that mostly revolved around long walks on hot sunny days with a tiny camera. And I started to convince myself that not having an EVF to go with the conventional rear screen wouldn't really be an issue. Especially if the screen was bright and sharp. 

In the middle of this latest round of nonsensical buyer rationalization I realize that I already had a camera that in many ways is far better than the TL2; mostly because it duplicates the advantage of smallness but it does so while delivering one of the highest performance full frame sensors. And the additional advantage that was most crucial --- I already owned one. 

The latest stumbling block in my motivation to use the Sigma fp for street photos was the issue of the lost camera strap lugs. Gone. Hard to replace. time consuming to source. But, as I was cleaning up I came across an inexpensive cage with a walnut grip that I'd bought for the Sigma at least a year ago. It felt superfluous when I had access to the original strap mounting hardware but all of a sudden its useful reappearance put the fp front and center. 

The last time I used the Sigma fp it was set up in an almost ridiculously bulky configuration. I had the big loupe bolted to the rear of the camera and the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Art lens clicked onto the front of the camera, the combination of which made the camera....daunting to carry. Especially without a shoulder strap. Fine for focused, intentional work on a paying gig but nowhere near optimum for a congenial walking partner. 

I stripped all the accoutrement off the camera, pulled the big lens off the front and went back to the very basics. Camera > 45mm f2.8 lens > Small Rig cage = done. I figured I swam hard this morning, 'why punish myself with a heavy rig for a casual, hot, afternoon walk through the city?' I couldn't come up with a good reason. 

Every time I use the Sigma fp, after I return home and toss the files into Lightroom, I come away thinking, "This camera is better than I remembered. In fact, it gets better every time I use it." 

Captioned images sprinkled in with uncaptioned images below: 
I love art with words. These prints were leaning against the wall at the 
West Chelsea Contemporary Gallery. They are hanging a new show to 
open next weekend but they were happy enough to have me 
walk through the space while they worked. 


shopping on Second Street. Young people seem to like being in herds these days.
You'll rarely catch a gaggle of old, grey-haired guys hitting the boutiques 
en mass these days....

Above and below, my ongoing captivation with mannequins and reflections. 
Don't know why yet but I love the combination. 

Probably my favorite so far...

I love that this wall of wonderful mural art has been up and exposed
for at least a decade and yet it seems immune to graffiti and other 
willful damage. I also like that the fp is one of the few cameras I've
used that makes an accurate differentiation between the blue sky and the 
blue of the wall on the roof which is more teal....

Not everything needs a caption but since I already wrote this 
I would also add, I am impressed by the dynamic range of the system.
The female figure on the right is in full sun. The devil, to the left, is
in full shade. No issue at all for the camera's sensor.

Sixth Street Melange. 


I've seen many tacky gift shops around the world. 
This is one of the top five tackiest so far. Just in the middle of
the Sixth Street bar zone. Apparently people will buy anything if
they are drunk enough...

I love public art. I was happy and amused to find this small family just stopped
on Fifth St. to watch a painter sketch out the bones of a new mural. 

One of the birds from the animated, Disney version of Snow White?

Early art appreciation. And it's art you can touch!

 This is Luis. He's the artist who is painting the latest mural. 
Here's his info:

Luis Abreux was born in 1971. He earned his Master's degree   in Fine Art,   specializing in Painting, in 1995 from the San Alejandro Art Academy in Havana, Cuba and attended the Taller de Tecnicas Subliminales en el Arte y la Publicidad.
Abreux  resides since 2005 in  Austin , Tx. US. 


Represented by: 
www.thegalleryongreene.com (Key West, FL. US)

See more at: Abreux.org


Luis told me, "You have a happy and genuine smile."

But so does he!




Finally....does this camera make me look fat?

Need more time in the pool.....