Fuji S5 Slowness Problem Solved

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Doug Jewell, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Doug Jewell

    Doug Jewell Guest

    A few days ago I posted about the S5 being slower than
    treacle on a winters day. Well, I found out the problem.

    When the camera is set for expanded dynamic range it slows
    it down - presumably because it has to process the extra
    data from the extra photosites. With dynamic range expansion
    turned off, the camera offers acceptable performance. Still
    not superfast, but delivers acceptable shot-to-shot
    performance, and up to 3FPS in machine-gun mode.
     
    Doug Jewell, Apr 9, 2008
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    Alienjones Guest

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    Doug Jewell wrote:
    | A few days ago I posted about the S5 being slower than treacle on a
    | winters day. Well, I found out the problem.
    |
    | When the camera is set for expanded dynamic range it slows it down -
    | presumably because it has to process the extra data from the extra
    | photosites. With dynamic range expansion turned off, the camera offers
    | acceptable performance. Still not superfast, but delivers acceptable
    | shot-to-shot performance, and up to 3FPS in machine-gun mode.

    Let's see. This amazing 6.5 megapixel wedding and portrait camera
    becomes a 3.2 megapixel dog with probably the worst dynamic range of any
    DSLR except maybe an Olympus E300. Whilst at the same time producing
    crap photos at the monstrously fast rate of 2.6 frames per second!

    Sorry to let the cat out of the bag here Doug but... The s5 in cripple
    mode is no danger to any Kodak P&S for image quality or dynamic range.

    They are slow because they have to process 2 images and do an in-camera
    HDR merge on every photo. When they were released, they were *THE*
    wedding photographer's camera. RRP of nearly $3000. Today they sell for
    $1400 ex Hong Kong.

    Since I bought my 3Ds, I haven't used the s5. I can bracket exposures as
    fast, if not faster and do a HDR merge when needed post shoot. The low
    light performance of an s5 is bordering on poor. But like I said, 18
    months ago they were the ants pants.

    Today they are 6 month's overdue for an upgrade. I would buy an s7 if
    they came out sometime in the next 5 months. Any later and they will be
    obsolete when released. Technology marches on and waits for no photographer.

    The real tragedy of digital photography is the speed of development. For
    professionals it means charging $150 - $300 extra on every wedding to
    cover the cost of this continual replacement needed to have the best
    gear. If you don't replace every year or so, you do your money entirely.

    I spent $5000 on a new Mamyia outfit in 1987. I was still using it in
    1997, with a few accessories I bought along the way.

    Last Christmas I spent over $30,000 changing over to Nikon after having
    spent $15,000 on replacement Canon gear in 2006. If I could not see
    easier workflow of better quality, I wouldn't have done either upgrade.

    The sad reality is that if film had seen the level of investment in
    development as digital cameras have, maybe I'd still be using the Mamiyas.

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    Alienjones, Apr 9, 2008
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