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Any Fuji S5's out there?
Old 03-01-2007, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They seem to have slipped the S5's into the camera stores without too much stir... at least, I didn't see much.

So has anybody taken one home yet? I'm curious about the battery life. Do the lithiums hold up?

I love the fact that my S2 will work on 4 alkaline or NiMH AA's. I hate the thought of having to deal with other types of batteries after using the AA's. Oh well...
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:34 PM
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I don't think the question was why do you think you should take a crap all over his choice of camera. He was asking if anyone had a S5 yet. Ask the pro wedding and portrait guys on dpreview why they shoot Fuji along side their Canons, Nikons, Hasselblads, etc...

From what I've read, the U.S. seems to be the last market getting them, globally and that's only in the last few days. Tallyns was supposed to ship their's this morning. Canada had them in stock in stores last week.

There have been S5's floating around in Asia for a few weeks now and the photos at high ISO's are a mixed bag. It does shoot jpeg+RAW faster than the D200 supposedly and the skin tones are just as good as the S3's, if not better. If only they could have gone 8+8 or 9+9...
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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
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I drive a Honda. I guess I'm supposed to immediately go out and buy a GM because they sell more cars...
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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
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I drive a Honda. I guess I'm supposed to immediately go out and buy a GM because they sell more cars...
I drive a Ford so between your Honda and S2 and my S3 we shouldn't worry about the DSLR Gestapo knocking down our doors until at least noon tomorrow.
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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
Old 03-02-2007, 01:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If anyone has a different opinion on fuji I would love to read it.
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Not everyone needs a freekin fast burst rate. There are reasons why portrait photographers use fuji and there are reasons why certain photographers choose faster burst rate cameras like Canon. It's that simple. Just because you favor Canon and features from Canon, does not mean the whole world needs to shoot with Canon.

The whole world would be boring if we all sprayed and prayed with Canons.

Fuji doesn't give a rats ass about what most of us do here and they don't design their cameras to please you. Again, it's that simple.

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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
Old 03-10-2007, 01:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just have a question. Why would you consider a Fuji? Is it beacuase you have Nikon Lenses? Because that is the only reason I could ever think of, and that's not even a good reason. I 've had personal experience with the S3 over 6 months now and the Fuji Rep brought by an S5 a week ago and I tryed it out for a few days. I have to say both are poor choices for me. Slow burst rate, SUPER SUPER slow capture rate, the interface is wreched and I honestly cant think of anything good about them. Ya they both captures in wide dynamic range and oh ya, the S5 has more white balance options than the S3. But still, there's a reason more than 50% of our members use Canon. I rather use my Canon Rebel XT, only 8mp but you can't tell the difference unless your going 16x20 print, in my experience. Canon offers a better interface, faster caputre rate I could go on and on and on. I'd buy a Nikon before I'd buy a fuji, Mine were free and I still don't like them. If anyone has a different opinion on fuji I would love to read it. I use their film though.

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What you don't understand is that most product/glamour/fashion photographers for Vogue, Chanel, LV, Prada, Porsche, you name it use medium format bodies.

I can tell you that after using a 4x5 and a Hasselblad, using an s3 let alone a s5 is fast. Both Fujifilm bodies are fast enough for 80% of what photographers whom I know do. Better flash sync would be nice but 1/250 is only 1 stop from the Blad.

More relevantly is the purpose why I and others choose to use a Fujifilm body. I actually mostly use great FujiFILM in my MF and LF machines, and also in a 35mm format.

But when it comes to sensor technology, Fujifilm have adopted a completely different philosophy to the other major sensor manufacturers.

I still regard the FujiFilm sensors as the best if you want to reproduce a film like look or accurate skin tone colour. The fact is that many professionals now are using the GX680 with the Fujifilm DBP

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0312/03...jifilmback.asp

If you have 22K spare, I would recommend one.

If you don't, or can't afford to drop it, then buy an S2, S3 or S5. Thats what I and others do.

Really, the difference between Nikkor glass and Canon glass is so minor that it's not worth arguing over, unless you have eyes like Superman. What I want in a body is a GOOD SENSOR or place to put GOOD FILM. Also, a place to mount GOOD GLASS and reasonably good FLASH SYNC. I get that with the S Pro series.

I don't need the metering, the AF, and the other doodads that come with any SLR built after 1980, but I do occasionally use them. In fact, shooting any Canon or Nikon or Fuji or other small format after shooting Hasselblad is a dissapointing although faster experience.

I suppose I prefer quality over speed.

By the way there is nothing wrong with using a Pentax, Olympus or other camera, why so aggressive against Fuji? Because they have better sensors than Canon?

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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
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I drive a Ford so between your Honda and S2 and my S3 we shouldn't worry about the DSLR Gestapo knocking down our doors until at least noon tomorrow.
Can anyone here please arrest the DSLR Gestapo who has been revealed here above (JP)? Please!
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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
Old 03-13-2007, 09:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Beyond the other attributes that the others spell out is the fact that is based on a well proven D200 body. One of the things I noticed while doing some studio stuff in the low light of modeling lights was how easy it was to navigate through the menus and buttons of my D200. Get a 50 1.4 or 17-55 and a 70-200VR or 85 1.4 and you're golden.
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Re: Any Fuji S5's out there?
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The Fuji S5 is basically a Fuji sensor in a D200 body. Not only are all the buttons and controls the same, it even has the same autofocus and metering subsytems.

But apparently the interface isn't up to the standards of a Digital Rebel shooter?
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Yes, got the S5 three weeks ago and am very happy with it. I have an S2 and a Canon 30D. I didn't like the Canon, the viewing screen shifts really bad, what you see is not what you get. However, the S5 works great. The dynamic range is wonderful . . .I do like the rechargeable double A batteries better tho, the proprietary battery in the S5 is very expensive so only have the one that came with the camera. It actually resembles the 30D more than the S2 with the menus etc., I got a kick out of that.
I like all the choices for white balance although a custom white balance is still the best option . . .
ok, my .02 I like it alot.
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