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Old Nov 7, 2009, 3:42 AM   #1
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Default lens and flash questions for S3 pro


Hoping somebody might be able to help here with 3 questions for the S3 pro.

1. What would be a good macro lens to get , im more interested in closeups of flowers and inanimate objects, so no chasing bugs around.

2. Do the newer Nikon VR (stabilised) lens work okay with this camera ?

3. Finally what would be a good/reasonable flash, the SB600 seems popular but i was also looking at the older SB28, SB50 etc.

Im just a hobbyist so no mega deals involved.

cheers dave
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Old Nov 7, 2009, 8:14 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. Fuji did have an issue with the 18-200mm VR with some of the earlier S3 bodies. But, later serial numbers should be OK (and other VR lenses should work). See this Service Announcement about it:


In a dedicated 1:1 Macro lens, you may find this review of the Nikkor 105mm VR to be of use (note that VR doesn't work well at closer focus distances). Thom also included a review of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro (a very sharp lens):


But, you may not need a 1:1 macro for flowers. Many zoom lenses are rated at 1:4 at their longest focus length (meaning they can fill the frame with a subject 4 times the size of the camera's film or sensor), which you may find fine for flowers. Some zoom lenses have a better 1:2 rating at their longest focal length.

As for flash, I'd probably lean towards the newer SB-600, so that you'd have compatibility if you upgraded to a new Nikon dSLR at some point. Note that the newer DX versions of the older flashes should work (SB-28DX, etc.) with your S3 Pro. But, the newer flashes like the SB-600 (and SB-400, SB-800, SB-900) support the latest Nikon i-TTL flash protocol, whereas the older flash models (SB-28DX, etc.) do not. That's not a huge deal with your S3 Pro (since it doesn't use i-TTL. But, you'd want i-TTL (SB-400, SB-600, SB-800, SB-900) if you upgraded to a different body later. Here's a compatibility chart (a .pdf file).

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Old Nov 9, 2009, 1:16 AM   #3
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Hi Jim,

thanks for the welcome and answering my questions.

I bought the S3 s/h off ebay australia and so far have been very happy with, slowly getting collection of lens (again s/h) for it.

i must admitt the tamron 90mm f2.8 does seem popular although i also looked at a 60mm f2.8 nikon , but have read that, that size could be a bit too short (close) for everyday use??

IM still getting my head around the 1:1 and 1:2 ratio in macro.

Agreed on what you say about the flash, the S3 pro manual lists the sb600, although not the sb900 or sb400 (didnt relaise they made a sb800) the sb400 looks good and is nice price.

And you are right now that ive got a few nikon lens, be silly (and expensive) to go to a different make, so yeah later upgrade would be some sort of nikon - d90's seem a good mix of features and price.

cheers dave
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Old Nov 27, 2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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When I bought my S5 Pro, I already had an SB25, and an SB50. Although they worked on full-auto with the camera, a lot of features weren't available. I replaced them with an SB800. a month before the 900 hit the market . The SB800 works great, with all features functional.
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Old Dec 6, 2009, 9:40 PM   #5
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Count your blessings. a lot of guys over at Nikon Cafe don't like the SB900, and the price of used SB800s are often more than new!
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