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Old Sep 26, 2005, 2:42 PM   #1
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I asked this in another thread and thought it was worth making a separate topic. Trying to find out if the S9000 lens elements are glass or plastic. This is an important consideration for me in buying a camera, and I was hoping they'd be glass in the S9000. I read on another forum that the lens was plastic. Can anybody clarify? Thanks.
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Old Sep 26, 2005, 9:36 PM   #2
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Glass or plastic? No, not glass, it's paper. Just kidding:-).

I have in my mind that you choose camera base on the lens, you're in the right direction, however you should look into the whole camera at every angle, construction, features, lens/lens build, physical beauty...same thing as you buy a new car.

I assume you are comparing two cameras on your current list, the Fuji S9000 and the Panasonic FZ30.

Between the two, I pick the Fuji S9000, it offers me more shooting capabilities, the panasonic with Leica lens but limited features. Panasonic just entered the camera market needs Leica lens, same with Fuji, it's not a camera manufacturer but a film maker supplyingamunition to the photographers, not directly making cameras but they know the whole photography busines in and out. Lately, they realized what photographers need andoffered the S9000 with a wide range of features for them.

Let's go back the lens issue. When I buy a lens I don't worry much about the material in it unless I have a scientific tool to analyse it, besides, if one has a first class lens like Leica or Carl Zeiss, I'm talking about the ones use on 35mmm and medium format Hassy, those cost thousands of dollars each does it make him a good photographer, the answer is not necessarily depend on his artistic skill.

I would ask, is Panasonic FZ series camera with Leica lens glass or plastic?Check out 35mm Leica cameras price, even their used point and shoots, very, very expensive.

Lastly, every time you buy a camera or a lens of any quality, you should test driveit in every zoom range from wide to far end tele zoom and locate a safe shooting zone on it, for example: on a 28mm-200mm zoom, where is the good range that give you satisfied pictures, is it from 35mm to 150mm or 30mm to 180mm... test shoot and find out, then when you go out there to shoot in real life, you know where to stay whithin that safe zone.

Am I trying to persuadeyou to buy Fuji camera? No, you have alot more better cameras to choose. Am I going to buy Panasonic FZ30? Not with these limited features. Do I want you to enjoy photography? A simple yes.


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Old Sep 26, 2005, 10:16 PM   #3
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Where did you ever read that the lens was made of plastic? It was mentioned in at least one review that the body was made of plastic, and that the camera still felt solid. But I have never read anything about the lens being made of plastic. It seems to me to be incomprehensible. As far as I know, once you get away from disposable cameras and very cheap 35mm cameras, all lenses are made of glass.
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Old Sep 27, 2005, 12:06 AM   #4
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Hi JP,

"The pleasant improvement is the lens. Althiough it is definitely plastic, it feels much tougher than on the s602. No adapters there, but filters/hoods/caps can be fitted to it." - I'm sure you've already read this from a user review on aDPReview thread.

I'm sure he is referring to the zoom body (at least I hope he is!!!), not the lens - and that's probably where this misunderstanding has arisen from - must admit I did a double take when I first read it.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 7:50 PM   #5
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Thank you for contacting Fujifilm, USA's Contact Center. Please allow us to assist you.

The newly developed Fujinon 10.7x optical zoom lens, as found in the FinePix S9000, employs 13 elements in 10 groups, including 1 hybrid aspherical element and one glass molded aspherical element, as well as advanced ED and AD glass. This formulation yields unparalleled optical quality with minimal chromatic aberrations throughout the entire zoom range. The new optical design plus a new movement system of the lens element reduces lens size to just 66.9mm in diameter and 80.8mm in length. And a newly formulated lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, common problems with digital cameras, and contributes to superbly natural color balance.

We sincerely hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us again. It would be our pleasure to assist you.

Thank you for your interest in Fujifilm digital imaging products and services.

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Old Sep 29, 2005, 2:25 AM   #6
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So the quick answer to your question is, it is Glass
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 4:02 AM   #7
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I think it's an overreaction of some customers to the"Made in Germany" lenses, due tovery effectivemarketing from Japanese camera manufacturers with no credentials in cameras who more and more chose to partner with a "big name" for their lenses.

Panasonic with Leica

Sony with Zeiss

Samsung with Kreuznach

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Old Sep 29, 2005, 4:23 PM   #8
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The Leica lenses on the Panasonics are very good. People have taken some spectacular photos with those cameras.

Jeff Keller made an interesting comment about the Sony/Zeiss lenses in his H1 review:

"One interesting thing about this lens is that it's the first one I've seen in ages without the Carl Zeiss name on it. That doesn't bother me too much, as most people (myself included) have always assumed that Sony is just licensing the Zeiss name anyway (in other words, Sony, not Zeiss, makes the lens). I do have to wonder why the name wasn't used here, though."

Maybe some day glass and plastic lenses will be equal in quality and durability. But the photographers I've talked to contend they are not. My optometrist also says glass is a better lens material. So I'm curious about the comment the Fuji rep made about the "hybrid" lens element. Not a deal breaker, but it would be interesting to know if that means plastic.
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