Stuart has been using the SIGMA fp for several months, testing its capability in a range of real-world situations. Weighing in at 422g, it is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera. Sigma has 20 compatible L-Mount lenses in its range, and Leica and full-frame Panasonic lens also fit natively.
This month I paid a visit to a traditional forge situated in the village of Glynde in East Sussex. I have been aware of the forge for a few years with its enormous wooden horseshoe surrounding the entrance, a symbol of the role the forge played in the past.
This time when passing I noticed the front door was open so I took the opportunity to go inside. I am always looking for subjects to shoot with my fp for the Sigma Lounge, and what I found through the doorway was a real eye-opener. Everywhere I looked I could see fascinating details just waiting to be photographed. There were old, gnarly tools, various commissions part-way through construction and the smell of hot metal and oil. The interior was an interesting mix of country cottage and industrial workplace. The old, lattice, glazed windows let in the low afternoon light, which highlighted a few cobwebs, and machinery coated with glistening grease and oil created a timeless atmosphere.
The SIGMA fp really comes into its own in these situations as you can shoot in relatively low light, helping to capture the natural ambience. The colour reproduction of the fp is also sublime, the rich hues of the metal tools and machinery were captured beautifully. I find its one of those cameras that does something magical, you can’t quite put your finger on it but it constantly surprises.