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Okay, Fuji S2 or Nikon D1 - if it was your money..
Old 11-23-2002, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which one would you buy? Why?

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ps, no, switching to something else isn't an option.... My Abode
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If it was your money... It was!
Old 11-23-2002, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fuji S2.
Why?
Uses Nikon glass, well most of the new stuff anyway. Sorry about those pre-AI, AI'd, and AI lenses not metering.
Excellent quality images, easy to master controls, runs on AA batteries (Yeah I know there's (2) CR123's, don't use the on-camera flash.)
All the reviews were good, and I was ready to go digital.
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Re: Okay, Fuji S2 or Nikon D1 - if it was your money..
Old 11-23-2002, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Joel,

I'd probably go for the S2. I don't have the S2, but I have both the S1 & the D1 & each has it's strong points. I use the D1 for jobs where I need to shoot faster like sports or events where the image buffer needs to be able to keep up with many images. But the image quality off the S1 is better, so I use it for most everything else. With that said, I've been able to get 11x14" prints off both cameras with no problems - for anything larger than that I still use medium format.

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Re: Okay, Fuji S2 or Nikon D1 - if it was your money..
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I'm an S1 and S2 owner. The features on the S2 are very good -- metering, auto focus, etc. The excellent electronics in the S2 more than make up for the slightly better features in the D1x. The strong point of the D1x is that it's built on the F5 body.

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Re: Okay, Fuji S2 or Nikon D1 - if it was your money..
Old 11-24-2002, 08:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To get the 11x14 print do you need to run it through Photoshop or some other program or can you just take the picture and print it at that size? And if you do it as I mentioned will you still not be able to tell the differance between a photograph or if it came off my epson 1280?

I am most interested. Thank you

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I have my 11x14's printed at a professional lab on photo paper. The lab requires that images be resized to the correct proportions & renamed to match the order number it is sent in with. I use Photoshop - I don't do any resampling - I just change the dimensions (crop if necessary) & let the pixels fall at whatever they end up being & save it as a tiff file.

I hope that makes sense - I'm not a computer guru - I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't change the size of the file.

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Re: Okay, Fuji S2 or Nikon D1 - if it was your money..
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Thank you John, I was interested because I have been thinking of making the switch over to digital, but I'm worried I will not be able to get the sharpness I can get at 11x14 with my Myamia 645 AFD.

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I have the D1x and my photofinisher prints files made at the JPeg fine mode at 9x12 without any pixelation. I cant imagine going up by two inches would make a difference.

They use a "Noritsu" machine the takes the digital file and exposes either Fugi or Kodak pager.

I have an Epson 1270 and have printed 13x19 prints direct from the camera both with and without interpolation.

My biggest concern and the reason I waited to get a digital camera was I said I would make the jump when I could get an 11x14 out of a digital that equaled or surpassed a 35mm negative. That time has long passed and I am excited by the prints I get.

I have cropped images by half and then used photoshop to interpolate them back up to 13x19 and have to say that with the correct interpolation action, if you start with a high enough res file, you should not see a drop off in quality.

In fact, there is something about digital files (if done right) that makes them have a certain "pop" if you ask me. The guy that runs my camera store claims it is based upon some subliminal ability of our eyes to "see" the pixels captured by the camera and reproduced on paper compared to the "smearing" of light that he says occurs when the light goes through a negative. While I am not sure I beleive him on this point, I do know that my digital files seem to have a certain crispness that I didn't get with film (except with chromes)

Maybe I am crazy, but I swear when i see a photo posted on the web I can tell the difference between whether it was a digital capture or a negative capture most of the time.

Am I a total digital nut....no. I will take some provia, or Tri-x or an entire list of films/chromes all day long under certain circumstances. But for studio shots of models, I wouldn't go back to film to save my life.

Mark

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