Fuji S 602

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by David Clark, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. David Clark

    David Clark Guest

    Hi All.

    After a year or so with a Kodak DX 3700, I'm ready to move onto a more
    capable Digital Camera.

    Any thoughts on the Fuji S602, or any similar camera in the same price
    bracket?

    (I'm used to basic SLR's & this has (at least to me) the feel of a
    real camera!)

    David C.
     
    David Clark, Jul 20, 2003
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  2. David Clark

    Canongirly Guest

    I have the pro version. Optics are very good with a very good range. Colour
    rendition is very good, the viewer software is also very good. The autofocus
    is bang on though the only time I have found it to be off has been when
    trying to track fast moving aircraft at an airshow flying towards the me.
    (Well it was doing 6~700 mph so fair enough).

    Biggest draw back to the camera can be the shutter lag. If you haven't pre
    focused it can take up to 8ths of a secound before it decides to fire. Other
    minor gripes are that the built in flash is like all built in
    units...pretty useless. Battery usage though not particularly heavy loss of
    power is sudden. If you do get one I recommend getting at least one extra
    set of rechargeables.
     
    Canongirly, Jul 22, 2003
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  3. David Clark

    David Clark Guest

    Thanks for the information.

    Do you have any problems with the electronic viewfinder in low-light
    situations?
    I don't think I need the Pro version extra features, & I already have
    a stock of NiMh AAA cells, + a hi-speed car charger!

    Since the camera has a hot-shoe mount, I guess it can take an external
    flash-gun.
    Presumably it needs a "special" flash-gun?

    Thanks again, David C.
     
    David Clark, Jul 23, 2003
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  4. David Clark

    Canongirly Guest

    You asked

    "Since the camera has a hot-shoe mount, I guess it can take an external
    flash-gun. Presumably it needs a "special" flash-gun?"

    Nope I use a Vivitar 283 on mine quite happily. A mate uses his Metz C45. I
    have also used mine with a Sunpak 3600z with no problems.

    As for shooting in low light, the viewfinder seems to work better for me
    there. (I shot some images at an open air rock concert the other night with
    no problems.) Personally I find the EVF beyond useless normally. But that's
    just me, my mate has one and swears by it. I tend to use the LCD monitor or
    a TV for studio shots with the camera running off the mains so that aint a
    problem. Shooting on batteries the LCD tends to kill them off pretty
    quickly.


    Hope this helps.
     
    Canongirly, Jul 25, 2003
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  5. David Clark

    David Clark Guest

    All very useful info.

    Thanks again.

    DC
     
    David Clark, Jul 26, 2003
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  6. David Clark

    RB News Guest

    The EVF is very useful in high ambient light conditions - if I make the mistake
    of wearing a white or light coloured shirt on a sunny day I have trouble seeing
    the LCD due to high incident reflection, but switching to the EVF works a treat.
    Note also that the Pro version comes with a Microdrive (advertised as 340MB but
    mine came with a 512MB) plus an external flash synchro terminal socket and a
    remote shutter release connector. (Although the latter still doesn't seem to
    allow fully manual operation.)

    Overall, I have found the S602Z Pro to be a comfortable, easy to use unit. I
    have added the optional wide and telephoto lenses and the (55mm) filter ring
    adapter. I too use the mains adapter when possible, although 2-3 sets of 2100
    mAh NiMH's and a one-hour rapid charger complete with car lighter adapter have
    kept me going for a whole day in the field.

    I have taken low-light level pictures without flash that look like they were
    taken in daylight; the macro and super macro are astonishing. The fully
    automatic mode has never let me down but the camera's capability to use various
    semi-manual modes or operate completely manually is allowing me to learn how much
    about photography by experimentation. I can see the results instantly on my
    lap-top and put into effect the feedback straight away. Thank goodness I'm not
    paying for wasted film!

    I love the camera.

    cheers
    Roger
     
    RB News, Jul 28, 2003
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  7. David Clark

    David Harris Guest

    Roger or anyone else in the know,

    If you pick up on this, could you please elucidate on limitations on the cable release not allowing
    "fully manual" operation ??

    Im into astronomy, and the S602 Pro is my (hopefully) final choice, but if there are probs with the
    remote shutter release, I may have to rethink

    TIA

    DH
    Telford
     
    David Harris, Sep 18, 2003
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  8. David Clark

    Guest Guest

    I use cable release with mine and haven't had any problems.

    Incidentally, what does WTD mean ?
     
    Guest, Oct 6, 2003
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  9. David Clark

    David Harris Guest

    Good, Ive now bought the S602 Pro and I am learning its little quirks.... Like not being able to
    adjust the focus during a video, or like only being able to run the continuous shooting mode in
    Automatic mode (not M, A or S), therefore, cannot control time of exposures or aperture ! A bit
    frustrating, but its Pro's WAY outshine is Con's (or should that be the other way round !)

    Great cam, anyway :))
    wanted... sorry its a fairly popular TLA (three letter acronym), often used along with FS : For Sale
    and FA : For Auction.

    Thanks,
    David
     
    David Harris, Oct 6, 2003
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  10. David Clark

    RB News Guest

    Re my original comments - I have a remote shutter release but it only seems to
    work by actuating the exposure for the time set on the camera; I have been unable
    to use it to hold the shutter open manually for an indefinite period of my
    choosing. Have you been able to do so? Am I missing something or is there a
    problem with my camera?

    cheers
    Roger
     
    RB News, Oct 6, 2003
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  11. And I thought it was 'Want To Dispose'. No wonder I never got any
    replies to my offers.............

    Mike
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    Michael J Davis, Oct 6, 2003
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  12. David Clark

    David Harris Guest

    15 sec max exposure, no Bulb facility.... This is in the spec Roger....
    Thanks for your earlier comments BTW, I now have the 602Pro and its cool :)
    DH
     
    David Harris, Oct 7, 2003
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  13. David Clark

    RB News Guest

    Dave

    Thanks for feedback, just for interest is that spec in the manual anywhere, I
    must have missed it? The single sheet covering the 'Pro' version extras is
    fairly lacking in detail. Anyway, not a problem for me since that wasn't a key
    requirement, 15 secs is more than enough for anything I'm likely to try. Have
    just managed to adapt my old SLR T-ring adaptor so that it will fit the 55mm
    thread on the S602. Looking forward to trying some sky shots on the Newtonian
    telescope I keep at our other home in Scotland (no use trying long exp. night
    stuff here in Berkshire unless you want a pic. of an orange glow!). Glad to see
    the House of Commons science and technology committee have recently criticised
    the government regarding effects of night lighting pollution. I'd almost
    forgotten how awesome the night skies can be, I can clearly see the Milky Way
    from my back garden in Crail.

    Glad you're happy with the 602Pro, I have had some very pleasing results and much
    enjoyment, am also learning much faster thanks to the instant feedback with
    digital than I ever did when I last tried doing 'serious' photography using an
    SLR/film camera.

    cheers
    Roger
     
    RB News, Oct 11, 2003
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    David Harris Guest

    David Harris, Oct 11, 2003
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