Fujifilm S3 Pro - any users?

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Roxy d'Urban, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Roxy d'Urban

    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I picked one up in a shop on the weekend and I must say that I found the
    build quality to be a bit suspect. It seems to be a very plasticy feeling
    camera, particularly on the left hand side where there is no rubberising.

    Obviously looks can be deceiving, so if you are a user, let us know what
    you think of the camera's performance!
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 2, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    I've never handled the left hand side of the camera. I hold the
    camera with my right hand on the grip and the left cradling the bottom
    of the camera and lens for stability.
    I love the camera. The files are incredible.
    On the other hand it has slow write times, a tiny viewfinder, and huge
    25MB raw files.
    It depends what you're looking for. I wouldn't recommend it to
    someone trying to make a living shooting sports, but I would recommend
    it for a wedding or studio portrait photographer.
    McLeod, Jun 2, 2005
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  3. Roxy d'Urban

    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Something I couldn't ascertain from the shop manager was whether it will
    meter with non-chipped lenses, e.g. manual focus ones. If it did it would
    be very tempting for me to obtain one. I doubt it does though...
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 3, 2005
  4. I have one and I love it!
    It won't meter with non-cpu lenses by the way.

    I work on a day-to-day basis with a Nikon D1x which build-wise is far
    superior. (It must be because the British Army use them and they still
    work!!) So by comparison the S3 feels a little "plasticy" to me too. I can't
    fault the image quality at all. Shooting in RAW has given me rubber-button a
    couple of times waiting for the buffer, but shooting some owls (pun
    unavoidable) in the biggest JPEG setting the other day with an 80x Lexar
    card I had no problems. The first accessory I bought was a spare battery
    tray, for two reasons: 1. it is quite flimsy 2. I don't want to be
    flaffing around changing the cells in the tray and miss something / look
    like a prat at a wedding!

    The man from Fuji says you can use ordinary AA/LR6 cells in the camera too
    which means if you're on holiday you can just buy some if you can't get your
    rechargeables charged. The other bonus I've found to the battery tray, is
    that if you have an intelligent charger it will monitor each individual
    cell. For example at work some of our battery packs for the D1x are almost
    kaput: this could be because of one individual cell and not the pack as a
    whole. In fact I'm pretty damn sure that's the case!

    Hope this is of help,

    Craig Marston, Jun 4, 2005
  5. Roxy d'Urban

    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    Thanks Craig.

    Insightful stuff about the batteries. I have heard that the D1 series
    betteries are problematic from more than one source. The D70 battery is
    probably the best I have encountered in a digital camera. It just goes and
    goes and goes. I can leave my camera for weeks at a time and when I pick
    it up it goes and goes...
    Roxy d'Urban, Jun 6, 2005
  6. Insightful stuff about the batteries. I have heard that the D1 series
    Yeah the Lithium Ions are amazing. Fuji recommend NOT using Li-Ion cells in
    the S3 because they heat up. I think it's because they have a higher
    internal resistance which is also why their stored charge lasts longer.
    (It's completely the opposite to a car battery which will go flat with
    nothing connected!)

    Best regards,

    Craig Marston, Jun 6, 2005
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