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Old Dec 19, 2005, 3:58 PM   #1
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I have read glowing things about the Fuji S9000, then talked to a person at staple he said they quit carrying them do to problems so should i stay away from Fuji cams altogeather. second, I cant seem to find an external flash unit for a fugi cam.

And if I stay with fuji will the S9000 do everything an SLR with the exception of the lens. or should i just make the jump to a dig SLR ? I am planning to turn pro
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 4:42 PM   #2
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(Bonehead comments edited out by Kalypso)

ps. fuji cameras will accept any standard flash with a hotshoe
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 5:32 PM   #3
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I think his answer was a bit harsh, but mostly correct.

There are many aspects to your question. Here are 2:
A camera is a tool. Nothing more and nothing less. Just as we can't recommend a car to you when you say "I want a car, what should I buy?" we can't tell you which camera you should get without you telling us what you'll do with it. I might suggest a sports car when you want to haul around 5 dogs for your dog training business. Get the point?

The question you should be asking yourself is what you plan on photographing. Then you need to think about what features you need in a camera. After that, you need to look at what cameras offer those features. Then when you have a short list of cameras, you should go look at them, see which fits your hands best. Which is comfortable. Which has a weight you can deal with. Which fits your price range. Now you'll know which camera you want. (We can help you come up with these answers. Just post your thoughts.)

For example, I photograph birds and wild animals. I sell some pictures but it isn't my main source of income. But I guess this calls me a "professional", as I care about the quality of my pictures as much as other professionals do. And I should know I regularly shoot with some local pros.

When I purchased a camera I purchased a DSLR. Not because other pros have them, but because of what a DSLR can do. I need fast auto focus. I need low shutter lag. I need high quality, long focal length lenses. I need low noise at higher ISOs. I need high frames per second and deep buffers. I need good manual controls, especially exposure compensation. (If you don't understand what all of those things mean, do some research and find out.)

Armed with that, I looked at the best point-and-shoot cameras (for example, at the time the Nikon 5700 at just come out.) While they had some of the attributes (not bad auto-focus, longer focal length lenses) it couldn't do the other things. But DSLRs of the time could do all those things. I ended up buying the Canon 10D. I spent a lot more money, but I got something which I *knew* could do what I needed.

It is very possible that a point-and-shoot or a high end Prosumer (I really hate that term) camera will fit your needs. Some are quite good. And they are MUCH, MUCH cheaper than a DSLR in the long run. They are easy to learn with, both in figuring out what you like to shoot and what features you need in the future. You might not need a DSLR to get the quality shots you want.

Question 2:
Why do you want to turn pro? What do you mean by that? What will you shoot? Where and how will you sell your images? Do you know what being a Pro means?

If you can't answer those questions, do the research and learn what they mean.

In nature/animal photography, very few pros make their money with photography. In Avian photography, most make it leading tours and writing books. They build their reputation with their pictures.

If you want to shoot commercially (for print ads, for example) then you will make your money with your pictures.

But the dirty little secret in photography is that you don't really make your money with your images. Sure, they have to be good. But above a certain point how you run your business matters more. I have a friend who shoots commercially to make extra money (he is a landscape/nature photographer.) He has raise his rates 3 times in 6 months. Not because he is amazing (he is quite good, though) but because he has too much business. He is intentionally driving customers away because he doesn't have the time to take their jobs (i.e. supply & demand economics says his price is too low.) He got too much business because he built a good reputation. He does everything else right too. He shows up on time. He takes the images within the time allotted. He treats the customer well. He does things when he says he will (like send proofs to them, and getting them final images.) He built a reputation of being reputable and dependable. Combine that with good images (they don't have to be amazing, just good or better) and you'll do well. Of course, it's not your standard of "good" that matters. It is their standard of good.

Now, if you want help figuring all this out we can. But from what you said in your first post, you have some learning to do before you become a pro.


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Old Jan 6, 2006, 4:52 PM   #4
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Hmm I will add two cents from msyelf: I have been using digital cameras for several years now. Some tiem ago I decided I would like go dSLR - atthe tiem I couldnt afford it so I bought fuji s 7000 ( I was happy with it until it was broken) finally a month ago I decided to buy KM 5D dSLR, I am extremly happy with it as it offers many features I could only dream about with EVF camera. When I was considering buying it I was in EXACTLY the same situation as you becasue my other choice was s9000.

One thing you need to answer yourself is how much time are you gonna spend taking pictures. How much effort and MONEY are you gonna put into it. dSLRs will cost you big bucks because of the lenses. with EVF camera your capabilities are limited but maybe this would be the better choice?

Like previous poeple answered - decide what and how ofter you want to photograph.

Now companies try to push many people into buying dSLRs because they gain more money from sellign them, but the truth is that not too many people actually need them. Todays compacts/EVFs are very nice and offer nice features vs low price.

Good Luck with your choice ;-) - I am happy I already made mine...
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 8:37 AM   #5
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Chances are if you turn pro, you willprobably upgrade your camera anyway.

There are many types of "pro's" with many different needs.

Here are some "pro" photographer descriptions that might have quite different camera and equipment needs:

- News photojournalism

- Wedding photography

- Product photography (perishable, non-perishable)

- Fashion photography

- Sports photography

- Social/party photography

- Art photography

- Portait photography

- Landscape/Interior Photography

- Crime scene photography

- Stealth, spying photograpy

- Specialist Photography (examples: golf course photography, dog photography, wildlife photography)

Each will have different needs.

The bottom line is to be pro, it helps to be a good or even a great photographer, but you must also havepeople skills, marketing skills andbusiness savy to keep the work in front of you.

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