Thoughts on The Fuji S3 Pro

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Gregory Blank, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Gregory Blank, Mar 21, 2005
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  2. Control wise it looks to be a clunker, and the build quality versus the
    cost has always left something to be desired. Shot-to-shot performance
    isn't very good.

    Recovering highlights is nice, but it barely outperforms the 20D in
    terms of dynamic range. It loses pretty quickly in the resolution and
    noise department. Heavy, detail-smothering noise reduction at higher
    ISOs is also not great.

    I'd like to see Nikon come out with an 8 megapixel D100 replacement and
    force Fuji to get a little more serious about their dSLR line.
     
    Brian C. Baird, Mar 21, 2005
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    Alan Browne, Mar 21, 2005
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    McLeod Guest

    I bought one about a month ago. I had been using the D1x before that.

    Pros: despite what some reviewers have said I found the colours
    excellent. The raw files are excellent also, but huge. At the
    highest setting, I get 19 shots on a 512 card. I had to buy a Burn
    Away CF to CD burner for long jobs and trips. I shot an image from a
    tripod with the same ISO, same lens, shutter speed and aperture and
    the file from the Fuji was mcuh sharper and with better detail and
    colour than the D1x. (The D2x is a very different story, I'm sure)
    Does the dynamic range make it worth it? It does for me, since most
    of my stuff is in studio with contrasty lighting. It looks very much
    like good negative film when processed. Very accurate auto white
    balance and matrix metering. From what I have seen it has the best
    high ISO image quality as well. Nimh AA batteries are powerful and
    easy to buy at any Walmart.

    Cons: very slow write times, especially for the 25.5 Meg raw files.
    Not a camera I would choose for sports shooting. Very small
    viewfinder-looks like the regular F80 viewfinder was just blacked out
    to get the viewfinder of the S3.

    I don't know what the price of the D2x is compared to the S3, I was
    pretty much maxed out on the S3. My lens system was what made me
    decide to stick with the Nikon mount. I know Canon has the top camera
    right now, but would like to see a good comparison between it and the
    D2x for image quality. The S3 smokes the D1x, at half the price, but
    like I said I haven't seen the D2x files yet.
     
    McLeod, Mar 21, 2005
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    Nik Beard Guest

    Dont be daft, Minolta? Who the hell takes them seriously anymore!
     
    Nik Beard, Mar 22, 2005
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    G. L. Pease Guest

    While I love my S2, I can't see that the S3 is really an improvement. Had
    the aggressive noise reduction been a selectable option, the camera would
    find a wider audience. I'm just not willing to sacrifice detail for the
    sake of a little less noise. Putting the noise-reduction in their
    post-processing software would have made more sense.

    The enhanced dynamic range is interesting, but it's not a replacement for
    proper exposure, though that's really what it seems to be targeted at.
    I'd prefer a system that compressed the entire dynamic range to something
    that simply prevents overexposed highlights from being blown out. But,
    that's just me. Give me a curve that more closely resembles film, rather
    than just a soft shoulder.

    I think Nikon and Canon give better performance for less money; Fuji
    missed the mark on this one. Despite my investment in Nikkor glass,
    unless they do something really stellar in the next couple years, my next
    DSLR will probably be Canon. If I were buying a system today, I'd
    probably go with the 20D. The extra $1k would be better spent on glass
    than a few more interpolated Mpx.
     
    G. L. Pease, Mar 24, 2005
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  7. Thanks for the detailed elaboration,...its appreciated :)
     
    Gregory Blank, Mar 24, 2005
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