Taking quick shots with FujiS5000

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Paolo Cordone, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. Gosh, this is exciting, my very first post in this newsgroup :)
    I recently bought a digital camera (a Fuji S5000) and am starting to get into
    it. I have never been a fan of taking photographs, but I can see how having a
    digital camera can make keeping memorable moments so much easier and
    immediate.

    So far I have managed to take some pretty good shots of landscapes in
    daylight, which is what I like doing most. Sometimes I also like to capture
    my 7-years old daughter in the garden playing with her friends, such as this
    afternoon when we had visitors. In such cases I have had difficulties in
    achieving the result I wanted, especially when the children are moving
    quickly.

    Every time I press the shutter button, the photo being takes seem to be of a
    half a second after I pressed. So, for instance, I wanted to get the three
    children in mid-air while jumping from a raised step on the lawn, but
    invariably I captured them when they were already on the ground.

    I admit, I have not read the manual fully, but for you FujiS5000 owners (and
    indeed anybody else, of course), what is that I am doing wrong? I cannot
    imagine a camera of this quality not being able to let me take such shots.

    Cheers,

    Paolo
     
    Paolo Cordone, Jul 24, 2004
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    Luke Webber Guest

    What you're experiencing is shutter lag. The lag on the S5000 isn't too
    bad, but for the sort of shots you're trying to get, it will definitely
    cause problems. There are several things you can try...

    1. Enable Continuous Autofocus. This will drain your batteries faster,
    because the camera will be focussing all the time that it's on, but it
    will save the time taken to focus at the time of shooting.

    2. Focus by half-pressing the shutter release a bit before you take the
    shot. Make sure the focus is set on the correct subject, though.

    3. Start shooting in burst mode before they jump. Use "Final 5-frame"
    and release the shutter shortly after they jump. Then pick the shot you
    like best.
    Definitely read the manual. Also have a look at the link below for some
    good advice...

    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/fuji/finepix_s5000-review/index.shtml

    Geez, I sound like a pro, don't I? Yet I haven't even bought my S5000
    yet - I'm still researching. An unlikely shutterbug, that's me. ;^)

    Luke
     
    Luke Webber, Jul 25, 2004
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  3. Thanks, Luke and Sabineellen, I will try your advice.
    I think it is a matter of learning the tricks of the pros!

    By looking through the manual, there is definitely a lot to be discovered
    there, what a difference from using a cheapo compact camera ;-)

    Paolo
     
    Paolo Cordone, Jul 25, 2004
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    Helge Olsen Guest

    The S5000 IS a cheapo compact camera. It's just a damn good one. I have had
    mine for 7 months now and couldn't be happier. I got me a 512 mb card and
    shoot RAW only though, so I don't use continuous shooting at all. Someone
    mentioned using continuous focus, but in my experience you still have some
    lag while fixing the focus (you can hear the focus motor working after
    pressing), so it is not as usable as it sounds. For good action shooting
    performance you need to move to dSLR. The good news though is that once you
    get to know your camera you know what to do to make those shots without
    thinking or tinkering a lot.

    Good luck with your new camera. An excellent resource is the forums at
    http://www.s5000.net/

    /Helge
     
    Helge Olsen, Jul 25, 2004
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  5. You haven't seen my real cheapo then ;-)
    Thanks, that's a great resource!

    Paolo
     
    Paolo Cordone, Jul 25, 2004
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