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fuji5600 Jul 26, 2006 3:58 PM

I've just picked up a Fuji S5600 and I'm a complete novice with digital picture taking, but I have tried every single setting I can with this camera, and I just cannot seem to take a really good upclose picture of what I mainly need this camera for..

I need it to take pictures of scale models, as I'm a model car builder, and I wanted to start documenting my builds. Camera therefore needed.

I have to take the pictures upclose, in order to show the detail work I'm putting into my scale model artwork.

Sadly, so far, the Fuji S5600 has been a total waste of my time. As I just cannot get a decent picture with it. They are always blurry, out of focus, using tripod, auto modes, turning the ISO in sunlight to auto, 64 – 1600 and the pictures upclose are truly awful.

My camera phone did better. I cannot for the life of me work out what I've done wrong, and what I'm to search for. I'm sure I'm missing something here, can someone advise. I've not got a manula for this camera. As are a bunch of fibbers, told me this as a UK camera, and its not, it is German. Manual in German, Fuji Support will not help me, I've already called and they told me the camera is not support in the UK by Fuji Film as it is a grey import.

Great. £174 for a camera I can't use, no manual and no support… Please can someone on this forum please help me out..

Here are some links , I'm told these pictures are not good. I agree, they are not sharp at all…

jphess Jul 26, 2006 6:23 PM

My suggestion would be for you to position in your camera somewhere between 5 and 6 feet from your subject, put the camera in macro mode and zoom in on your subject. I would try using aperture preferred auto, and set the aperture to 5.6 or higher. See if that works for you. You might consider using the two second timer so that you minimize your camera movement. Those are the only suggestions I have for you.

rinniethehun Jul 26, 2006 7:19 PM


Go to the US site and you can download the S5200 manual (in English)...

You've stripped the EXIF data from your pics, so I can't tell what you might have done wrong. Re-post them with the EXIF data, and maybe someone here can help you.

the Hun

fuji5600 Jul 27, 2006 6:45 PM


Thanks for the link to the manual. that hekps. I now know what the buttons mean. Took a few more shots today. Hope the EXIF info you need is still there.

One of them looks really good, the one upclose isn't so good. What should I be doing, I hope you can get my camera settings from the pictures I've linked to...

Looking at these, I'm really keen to know how the exposure time changed. I used A mode on the camera, and set the ISO to 200, as it was a bit overcast... i've been told outdoors ISO should be 200 or less..

I'm not understanding DOF much though... Any help would be great... I think this could be a good camera, I'm being a dunce.. I am also using a desktop tripod..

jphess Jul 27, 2006 7:12 PM

The "A" mode is aperture preferred automatic. That means that as you adjust to the f-stop or aperture, the camera will automatically adjust the shutter speed so that the exposure will be right.

The first of the two pictures looks quite good to me. But I think the second one was taken with the camera too close to the subject and the camera was not able to focus properly. I haven't looked at your EXIF data yet, but I think you need to move the camera away from the subject a little bit more and then zoom in on the subject.

As far as death of field is concerned, the smaller the aperture (higher than number) the greater will be the amount of depth of field. But the camera has to be able to focus.

I don't know what you are using to resize your images for the Web, but whatever it is you are using it is stripping all of your EXIF data. There is no information to evaluate.

jphess Jul 27, 2006 7:28 PM

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This might not help you very much, but here is a picture I took today just to experiment with. It is not a full frame shot, but is about a 50 percent crop of the original. The camera had to be positioned about five feet from the subject in order for me to be able to get the camera to focus as sharply as it did. The f-stop was 6.4, which I think was adequate in this case. The texture of the towel begins to lose focus in the background of the picture, but I think the foreground and the M&Ms are sufficiently in focus.

fuji5600 Jul 27, 2006 7:51 PM

I using my camera only a few cms away from the object. I honestly feel a little silly right now..

OK that makes sense.. i'm also using MS power tools to resize, but those pictures were meant to be full sized so you could see the EXIF data..

Are these any better...??

Its now night where I am, so no daylight, but keep the ideas coming.. I'm learning, these pictures are a whole lot better then what I took a few days ago..

jphess Jul 27, 2006 8:05 PM

Still no EXIF data. I just have one question, are you using the macro mode on the camera?

rinniethehun Jul 27, 2006 8:07 PM


Try posting directly to this site...forget the pictureparking thing.

the Hun

rinniethehun Jul 27, 2006 8:11 PM


Nice M&M's...Your EXIF data is used your S5100, F6.3, 1/4 second exposure time, ISO 64, no flash, and you resized your pic with photoshop cs2.

C'mon fuji,..your turn.

the Hun

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