Silvi F2.8 available in Canada

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Bill Tuthill, Jan 26, 2004.

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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    The Fuji Silvi F2.8 is now available in Canada.
    It's called the Fuji Zoom Date F2.8 and is listed
    at Henry's website for about $208 USD. I don't know
    if it's the black model with exposure compensation
    or not (doesn't look black in the picture).

    Foto (Sweden) rated this camera 5 of 5, so it
    might be the most interesting P&S introduction
    in years. The lens is 24-50/2.8-5.6.

    Sorry for the on-topic post,
    Bill Tuthill, Jan 26, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    So I got to ask. What about this camera is so exciting?


    PS is this a repost? I've got a wierd sense that I saw the exact same post
    last week.
    Nick Zentena, Jan 26, 2004
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  3. How many point-and-shoots can you list that have an f/2.8 lens? How many
    can you name that have a 24mm lens? How many can you name that have both,
    and can zoom too? Just this one I would think.

    Jim MacKenzie, Jan 26, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    I know it's a point and shoot but it seems sad we've gotten to the point
    that an F/2.8 lens excites people. It wasn't that long ago that F/2.0 was a
    cheap consumer item.

    Nick Zentena, Jan 26, 2004
  5. That's true, but I think if we could have a pocketable camera with a 24mm
    f/2.8 lens, we'd have been thrilled. Now we have it and as a bonus it has a
    50/5.6 and everything in between. I'm seriously thinking of buying one; I
    didn't know it existed until I saw this thread.

    I have a 50/1.4 for my SLRs and a 50/2 for my Soviet rangefinders so I know
    about fast. ;)

    Jim MacKenzie, Jan 27, 2004
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Fuji's Canadian Web site shows a picture of a silver-looking one (same
    pic as on Henry's Web site), and makes no mention of exp. comp.

    Also note that Henry's says "availability - special order", which means
    they don't stock it in their stores, and if you order one and don't like
    it, you can't return it. And sometimes "special order" is their
    euphemism for "not really available right now" :)
    Doug Payne, Jan 27, 2004
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Optical quality seems excellent, and f/5.6 at the long end is fast for a P&S.
    There seems to be significant light fall-off at 24/2.8, judging by a picture
    of a sunset I saw on the Web. Weight is only 171 grams.

    Is it possible to mail order from Singapore? I believe the black model
    (with exposure compensation) is sold there.
    Yes, I posted last week under the wrong Subject and reposted to correct it.
    Bill Tuthill, Jan 27, 2004
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    parchiao Guest

    Is it possible to mail order from Singapore? I believe the black model
    No, the black model is only available in Japan. The silver model
    (without exposure compensation) is readily available here in Singapore
    at a very very competitive price.
    parchiao, Jan 29, 2004
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Thanks for the info!

    By the way, I searched for "Singpore mail order" and got a lot of listings
    for mail-order brides. They were all pretty, but not tall enough for me.

    After re-qualifying my search, I found Cathay Photo. They are prepared to
    export, although I haven't yet inquired about shipping price.
    Bill Tuthill, Jan 29, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    So these are taller?-)))

    Nick Zentena, Jan 29, 2004
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    parchiao Guest

    Got back my first set of results. Used an old roll of Superia Xtra 400 and
    did 4R prints.

    The photographs were mostly sharp, not Contax T3 sharp but visibly sharp
    enough to notice that the lens that took the photos are not that ordinary.
    Those photos that were not sharp were closeup shots taken at the maximum
    focal length and at minimum focusing distance. This is not conclusive as I
    am still unfamiliar with where the focusing point is for close ups. Did not
    experience any vignetting. Some distortion is visible at the widest focal
    length. Flash is definitely not sufficient for indoor shots. Can't make any
    conclusions about metering yet, but prints seem to suggest that those rated
    at half a stop more came out better.

    Gary Leong
    parchiao, Jan 31, 2004
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Thanks for the info!

    I thought that exposure compensation was only on the black model (sold only
    in Japan). How did you manage to expose some shots 1/2 stop over?
    Bill Tuthill, Feb 2, 2004
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    parchiao Guest

    Cause I got a friend of mine to bring the black model back from Japan.
    parchiao, Feb 3, 2004
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