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Old 03-29-2005, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I figured if i wanted good honest info I'd go to the place where experience was, so here I am! I am interested in getting a new digital camera. I have a Sony Cybershot 3.3 meg. I shoot alot of different things, scenic, love macro, as well as animals, and people in natural environments. So I want a bigger better camera. I have looked at a ton of site, and have come up with the following the might be a winner Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom . Now I'd like some opinions from all of you! Have any of you used these cameras? Or do you have one you like better. Below is a pic of one of my flowers
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Old 03-29-2005, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For $500 it looks like a good camera for what you want to shoot. You'll have to keep in mind that this is a SLR-enthusiast crowd, so it's not too likely that you'll find too many people here who have used this camera.

The only thing I'd suggest is maybe look around for examples from this camera at it's higher ISO settings. You say you want to shoot people in their natural environments. To do that, and keep the environment looking "natural", you'll want to avoid flash, which probably means you'll be shooting in lower light levels. To do that you'll probably want to use either the ISO 400 or 800 setting so you can get a shutter speed fast enough to allow handholding. The big problem most (if not all) P&S cameras have is they use small sensors. Small sensors have problems with noise at high ISO settings. So look for some examples of high-ISO shots from the fuji and see how noisy they are. Imaging Resource says this camera has "Considerably higher than average image noise". That would drive me crazy.

Beyond that, I can't help you much. You just have to weigh the way you'll actually use the camera against the size, features, and cost and decide if it's right for you. Just about any camera in this price range will take a good picture, so it's hard to go too far wrong.

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-29-2005, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Sazzy....I had the same situation....I had a fuji finepix S5000. and was trying to do studio shooting with it...well it had no PCsync or Hotshoe..Neither does the S7000 I looked into the FinePix S20 Pro which has both..I picked it up for around 500.00 new...at Digital Liquidators. So far I love it! Im not one who can afford a Professional SLR...and this is as close to one as I could fine.
with the PC sync. Here are a couple of shots Ive taken with it.
I shot these with the intregal lense at 1/125th f8.
so far I love the camera!
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Old 03-29-2005, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Greetings! Sazzy, that's a pretty nice camera, though I haven't had any personal experience in using it. Just remember that if it's comfortable in your hands and easy to use for your type of shooting, you'll always have it with you and shooting, regardless of the specifications, features, etc. Have a look @ DP Review Fuji Review

There's a fairly comprehensive review and there's lots of folks there that will share their personal experiences with you. If you can, try it out on a rental basis @ your local camera store or Samy's, if you're near one.
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I have the S7000 and I love it but, I am looking at the Minolta. The s7000 does ISO up to 800 and has a PC sync I bought mine new when if first came out I searched around for 3 weeks to find the best price. 599 -100 rebate at a tourist shop on Fisherman Warf it was full list everywhere else. I returned my digital rebel to buy the s7000. The only reason I am buying the Minolta is I have several Minolta lenses. I even have a fish eye lens for my s7000

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Old 03-30-2005, 08:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have one of those and have been very happy with it. My wife uses it primarily but if we are out and I dont have my camera with me I can use that and go full manual and do what I want with it. Nice camera and good price on it.

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Old 03-31-2005, 02:33 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey, I know you! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Buy a Canon 20D.. they're only 1400.00 with a kit lens and they come with an "idiot" mode / all Program so you can point and click... then you come up here by me this Summer, I can give you a camera lesson or two.. besides, you'd like it a whole lot more than the camera you're thinking of getting.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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I checked it out does look great. Is ther Macro focus on it??

Oh and on your queston about the shoot this summer LOVE TO. Also have access to a lake hom ein Northern Wi with boats, Sea-doo's and all the fun water toys. (In case a road trip is of interested) more of my images
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Cool!! Hmmm.... lets go up North to your digs...that sounds really cool! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

The 20D's kit lens it can be bought with can focus somewhat close but it isn't a macro lens..However, after viewing your work, especially the macro works, I really think you should progress away from the "point and shoot" type cameras at this point in time.. I'd stronly suggest picking up one of these 60mm macro lenses made specifically for the 20D format:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1108638339.html


Here, check out the specs of the Canon 20D & the Fuji Finepix S7000Z side by side:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/comp...os20d&show=all

Good day, and good shooting! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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