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Old 09-09-2006, 08:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of moving from a d70 to a Fuji s-3. I assume everyone has noticed how the price has dropped?

My question is this. It appears that a used s2 cost much more than a new s3. Is the s2 a better camera? Is there an s4 coming out? Should I get a d200? has anyone owned both so they can compare?
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am thinking of moving from a d70 to a Fuji s-3. I assume everyone has noticed how the price has dropped?
My question is this. It appears that a used s2 cost much more than a new s3. Is the s2 a better camera? Is there an s4 coming out? Should I get a d200? has anyone owned both so they can compare?
Those are all good camera's. I have seen good results from
each of them. Don't know which one is better.
I shoot with a Canon.
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are in doubt about the Fuji cameras, I would stick with the D200. Just about every photography magazing in the country has named the D200 as the 'camera of the year' in terms of features, quality, longevity, and performance. A lot of Nat Geo's photogs are using the D200 as their light/mobile camera as a backup to their higher resolution Nikons. I know that I have never heard a bad review about the D200. Just food for thought....
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Re: S2 or S3
Old 09-09-2006, 10:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have both the S2 and the S3. They are both very good cameras. I have not touched the S2 since I bought my S3. I have run about 65,000 images through it and it is still cranking. The S3 is by far a better version and the price is unreal. I think there is an S4 coming out but I have not seen a lot posted. You can google it and see what pops up.
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Get the Fuji S3 (new for $1,299.00 at KEH.com) instead of the Nikon D200 (new for $1,699.95 at KEH.com). The $400.00 extra you would spend for the D200 would mostly buy you (a) two fewer megapixels and (b) the word "NIKON" across the front instead of "FinePix." Nothing wrong with Nikon (still have my Nikkormat, Nikon F Photomic, motorized Nikon F3 HP, and autfocus N80), but for me the most digital "bang for your buck" is Fuji.

Most every review of Fuji DSLRs talk about the Fuji's superior rendering of skin tones, which, as a people photographer, is what led me to buy an S1, then an S2, and finally an S3 over all other available DSLRs. I can vouch for the excellent skin tones from all three of these cameras. In terms of resolution, my S3 compares very favorably to my 14 megapixel Kodak DCS Pro 14n. I used both regularly.

If you get an S3, use 512-megabyte or one-gigabyte Olympus Type H high-speed XD cards as your primary media. My tests show the XD Type H write time (and thereore your shooting speed) is 50% faster than the XD Type M, and the XD Type H is much faster than using any Compact Flash media, whether microdrive or not. The one-gigabyte XD card will give you 40 shots when shooting the S3 in RAW mode.

A used S2 in excellent condition at KEH.com is $645.00, almost half the price of a new S3, and the S2 is an excellent camera. However, there was a big problem with Fuji S2's about 1-1/2 years ago. I would avoid the S2 UNLESS you can be sure it either (a) has had the sensor replaced or (b) is NOT in the serial number range of the affected cameras. Fuji replaced S2's sensor for free back then; don't know wat is going on about that now.

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Re: S2 or S3
Old 09-09-2006, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Moving from a D70 to an S3 is a good move, however the D200 has not had one bad review that I can see as previously mentioned.

NO REASON to go with an S2. Forget about that.

What makes the S3 a better camera for image capture for portrait style images is the dynamic range.

I have not seen a better digital slr in it's class and price range to capture detail in whites as I have the S3.

With that said you will be happy with an S3 or D200.

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Old 12-08-2006, 09:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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JTSmith I tend to agree but the S2 with a good sensor may have these advantages over an S3.

1. Allows higher voltage on shoe flash units - S3 only allows 40 V units!

2. Much better price to spend money on what matters - lenses and lighting

3. True TTL flash (not as restrictive for some users as D-TTL).

Agree/Disagree?
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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JTSmith I tend to agree but the S2 with a good sensor may have these advantages over an S3.

1. Allows higher voltage on shoe flash units - S3 only allows 40 V units!

2. Much better price to spend money on what matters - lenses and lighting

3. True TTL flash (not as restrictive for some users as D-TTL).

Agree/Disagree?
There are apples and oranges. The dynamic range has proved for me to out weigh what you mentioned.

My pc outlet works and pocket wizards and anything else I attach to my hot shoe without one misfire. I didn't know anything about higher voltage in the s2 vs the s3 to make it a better camera.

I don't shoot ttl or dttl or r2d2's so I guess that would depend on if one is a ttl shooter.

Those worried about a price range will more than likely spend less on a quality lens and lighting as well. A good combination will have it's advantages. However, I do agree that glass should be considered as one of the most important things.

One thing is for sure at this present time, I am not all that excited about the S5. WE can probably agree on that.

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Old 12-08-2006, 11:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have the S1, S2 and S3. The S3 is by far the best of the three. I have shot about 90000 images on it and it is still going strong. The S3 has features on it that the S2 does not and is an awesome camera. The price is unreal. Fuji has skipped over the S4 and will be releasing the S5 sometime in the Spring. This camera will be a generation or two ahead of the S3 (S-4 didn't make it off the drawing board.)
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Fuji has skipped over the S4 and will be releasing the S5 sometime in the Spring. This camera will be a generation or two ahead of the S3 (S-4 didn't make it off the drawing board.)
Explain to everyone why the S5 will be a generation or two ahead of the S3.

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