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Anyone familiar with the Fuji FinePix S9000 Zoom?
Old 12-04-2005, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at buying this for my wife to transition her from analog to digital. While we both shoot Canon film (at the moment) and we could look at Canon DSLRs, she'd prefer to keep the system small and light so the specs on this camera look good for her purposes and possible for mine.

My question in the Subject field is to see if anyone had used this 'in studio' and with studio lighting.

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Hmmm, 179 readings of the post but no responses. I guess anything under $1000 CAD is not considered good enough for GG?
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Since no one here seems to have personal experience with this camera (myself included), let me suggest you check out www.dpreview.com, which seems to try to review every digital camera ever produced.
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Looked at the reviews...having second thoughts.
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This camera would be (primarily) my wife's but I'd probably 'borrow' it on and off. In my mind what I was looking for is something compact (ie. single lens with good range), light but still adequate for studio shooting. The fact that this camera has a PC connection caught my interest, along with manual zoom and mechanical shutter release. However for a couple of hundred dollars more I could jump up to the Digital Rebel XT. She/we currently have Canon film cameras (TI and A2) so we have a lot of lenses between us. The thing about having all those lenses is the accumulated weight and the hassles of dragging big bags around on shoots. I've not looked at Canon's equivilents to the Fuji and probably won't now.

One thing I've found is that there are shops that rent out higher end digital cameras but anything sub$1000 is not available. I don't know about you but I remember when having $10 in your pocket was a lot of money. Nowadays, in our throwaway society, tossing off a comment that this or that camera is about $1200 doesn't seem to be a lot of money. Well, it is and being an educated consumer I want to ensure that what I buy will do what I want or need it to do.

As this forum is dedicated to the type of photography I wish to do I thought that perhaps others had tried this camera and could give me an honest assessment of it's pros/cons. I guess not. Oh well...back to reading the specs.
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I know how you feel about the "disposable society" issue. I spent nearly $600 on a digital camera about four-five years ago; now it's might be worth $100. I spent $150 on a K-1000 about twenty-five years ago; now it might be worth $75.

I haven't researched the specs, but I think your XT strategy is good. However, check to see how many of your current Canon lenses would work on the Rebel. Insofar as I know, only Pentax offers multiple generation reverse compatibility in lens mounts; in principle, I can use a fully non-electronic K-mount lens on their latest digital camera.

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..."disposable society"...$600 on a digital camera..now it's might be worth $100...$150 on a K-1000...now it might be worth $75.

There will be a time when your K-1000 will be consider an antique and any working/good condition one will be worth more than you originally paid for it. I can't say the same for a digital camera. I know of a photographer who basically burned out her original Rebel and it was only a year old. The cost of repair was close to the cost of a new XT (she bit the bullet and upgraded to the 20D).

I, myself, have 3 A2 bodies...all used. I bought the 1st one with a selection of lenses. The 2nd one was to allow me to have color in one and B&W in the other. Why the 3rd. one?...well the 1st one's mode dial is starting to go (a common problem with this camera) and it was cheaper to purchase the 3rd. one than to consider the repair costs on the dial. So now I have a backup plan.

But this is only good as long as I shoot film. I do know that I'll be moving over to at least a 20D but not for a while. That one I !know! I'll baby after the pile of cash I'll have to lay out.


I haven't researched the specs, but I think your XT strategy is good. However, check to see how many of your current Canon lenses would work on the Rebel.

In our situation both of our film cameras are the EOS line and the lenses will work with the Rebel...albeit with a 1.6 magnification factor so wide angle may be a problem but we'll live with that limitation.

I did talk to the wife and I think she's agreeable to multiple lenses weight and bulk when carrying these. I'd still like to get her something along the lines of the Fuji but I'm reading that the fps is 1.5 and the write time to the CF card is "s l o w". So as long as she's shooting landscapes, still shots or anything dead or not moving that camera 'will do'. Models, on the other hand are neither dead or non-moving... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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