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Old 07-31-2005, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Next week I am going to purchase a new camera. I have narrowed my choices to either the Fuji S3 or the Canon 1Ds (not MKII). I am looking for input about image quality of each, preferably from individual who have experience with both but if you have only used one, your opinion will also be greatly appreciated.

Here is my situation.
1) I currently shoot with the Fuji S2 which has been a great camera for me. The only issues are that it has problems with detail when the subject has whites and noise with blacks. Other than that I love it.

2) I have an offer to buy my S2 and lens for $2000 and I can use that toward the purchase so both cameras are within my budget.


I don't want the fact that I have Nikon lens to be a factor in the decision. The most important thing is quality of images (tonal and color)


Any suggestions and comments will be very much appreciated.

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Re: I know you have been down this path before but..
Old 07-31-2005, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IT IS NOT THE BODY. IT IS THE LENSE !! !

Belive me it is. I had two lenses on my cannon before I got the lense I wanted. The camera store where I shop exchanged the lense twice before I got IT right. Then the camera settled down and took as sharpe images as you could want.
The lense will make or break any camera body.

Brand don't mean didely. Only which one you like best.

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Re: I know you have been down this path before but..
Old 07-31-2005, 04:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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lol here we go...canon blah blah blah jk

if you havent already. search the threads back on both models your interested in. There is biased opinions on both already in text. (not trying to sound rude..just statin the facts) Im sure those that want to chime in will. =)

My take, if you like the S2 and have comfort go with the S3. Forget about getting another S2 for $2000+lens,...unless the lens included is a 70-200 2.8 vr

The Canon is highly capable also. I don't think you can go wrong with either.

*note.,.the S3 is not a machine gun.

Also,..try searches in like Pbase or the likes for images directly from those cameras....you will turn up more photos than you care to look at to see image quality.

Ultimatly, the glass should matter. Shop whos quality you really like best. Don't get to caught up in Megapixel count.

Good luck with your choice.

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Re: I know you have been down this path before but..
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This may be true on a film body but it's definitely not so on digital. The Canon 1Ds has a full frame sensor and I'm not sure about the S3 but I don't think it is. I've seen images from the 1Ds compared to my 10D, both shot with the Canon L series 70-200 f/2.8 lens, and the difference was incredible.

The S3 and the 1Ds aren't even in the same league. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
 
 
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If you want to shoot raw and fast with a good capture and want to spend more money on lenses then the 1d might be the way to go.

If you want nice skin tones, shoot in .jpg a lot with an occassion opportunity to shoot raw, capture film simulation features, a wonderful dynamic range to hold whites in fashion and blue in light skies, then the S3.

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Re: True with a film camera not necessarily with digital
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Your points are valid but not all the way true....

Sensory is very important. Dynamic Range is very important. Doesn't do you a bit of good if the sensor can not capture the wealth of information a good lense will throw at it.

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