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Old Nov 21, 2005, 5:24 PM   #1
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Old Nov 21, 2005, 7:12 PM   #2
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A lot of positive things were mentioned, but it wasn't the raving review that some people probably expected. I have a 9000 on order. I still think it will do everything that I need a camera to do. I have seen a lot of nice images on this forum that were taken with the 9000. Now, all I have to do is sharpen my photographics skills.

I'm a little concerned about the sluggish performance when shooting RAW images. I like working with RAW images. But I normally don't take a lot of pictures where I need quick "turnaround" so hopefully this will not be an issue.
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Old Nov 21, 2005, 7:38 PM   #3
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It is slow but when you consider they are 18Mb files it's no real surprise is it. Once on your PC they are fine so long as you have plenty of RAM i.e. 1Gb. They are better to PP than Jpg but it can be time consuming unless you batch process a whole group of files using the same settings
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Yes, I am aware of the advantages of working with raw images. I just think Fuji could have engineered a more efficient file structure than they did. My son-in-law has a Nikon D70, and his 6 MP raw images are smaller than the 4 MP raw images from my Fuji S5100. And I have downloaded a couple of raw images taken by the S9000 and have looked at those. They are quite nice to work with.
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Hi Andy,

I know you got your camera back and all is now well - great. One question, did you get the same camera back (ie the same serial number). A brand new camera should not require a "full service",as I'm sure you agree - is it too late in theday to get your service agent to be specific about what the actual problem was?

I have a theoryabout these early problems andthis input would be really invaluable.

Thanks in advance, Steve
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Old Nov 22, 2005, 2:22 AM   #6
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Thanks Dijkx for pointing to Steve's review - I'm sure many of us hadnot noticed it was up. I really like the format ofthese reviews - they are very readable and to the point. I agree with JP - don't think it's quite the rave review many might have been hoping for but I think it does tell it like it is and it certainly isn't a bad review. Re-inforces in my mind that it is a good camera all roundandideal for my needs - really looking forward togettingone.
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Did you see this one as well ??

http://steves-digicams.com/pr/diwa_1..._s9000_pr.html
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Hi Andy,

I know you got your camera back and all is now well - great. One question, did you get the same camera back (ie the same serial number). A brand new camera should not require a "full service",as I'm sure you agree - is it too late in theday to get your service agent to be specific about what the actual problem was?

I have a theoryabout these early problems andthis input would be really invaluable.

Thanks in advance, Steve

Steve I'm fairly sure I got the same camera back but as it was more or less brand new it's difficult to be certain. It has the same serial number but this is on a seperate plate on the bottom of the camera how difficult to replace I wouldn't know. It did cross my mind that Fuji may have done this but I have no real way of knowing.

The camera went straight back to Fuji so I didn't deal with a service Agent and when I called Fuji the Tech support chap he could only repeat what was on the records in front of him. I don't know what Fuji's turnaround time is but they hade the camera for 10 days wether this is normal or what I'm unsure.

When I collected the D50 from Jessops I chatted to the Shop manager and expressed surprise that the S9500 was not out on display along with the S5600 which was in the front window but not prominently so. He explained that the manager no longer decided what went in the window and that this was a HQ decision on what went in the window. I asked him if he actually had any S9500's in stock and he said "we may have one out back". This really surprised me considering how much Fuji have advertised the camera you would think that the UK's biggest specialist shop would at least carry stock and even promote it in the window but there you go.

The full service comment was indeed a bit of a coverall and we really don't know what they did to it. The vast improvement to me indicates that "something" was done I know I am certainly no expert when it comes to cameras but the difference is startling even just using P&S mode. I am actually confident now of getting something close to reality with my camera although the D50 is a real distraction and tempter
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Thanks Andy, so the serial no is the one you quoted in your original posts?

Must admit that the 9500 is not being pushed here that much either - the 5600seems to have far more prominence of place in many of the outlets but that might well be a price issue. One thing I can say is thatI am able to pick up the 9500 at a really good price from one or two of our outlets (just a little more than cost in one instance - competitive market here and mutterings of 'lost leader' justify the somewhat erratic pricing I've come across/been able to push for). If I wasn't so damn nervous about the quality issue I'd jump right now but I'm resolved to wait until the new year when hopefully any initial problem unitsmight havemoved.Wouldn't be the first time South Africa has been used as a dumping ground.

Great pity you didn't push for what the problem with yours was but I guess you were just happy to get it back, working the way its supposed to! Still don't buy a brand new cameraneeding to go in for a full service - I had something similarwith a new car once and got it replacedafter I managed toput the manufacturer on the spot. The obvious improvement in the performance of your camera suggests to me a part replacement / re-seating which would tie in witha theory I'm working on.

I also have had a good long look at the D50 (& D70 which my brother has) - very nice cameraand obvious quality. If these apparent quality issues with the 9500 don't die down soon, my eye might just start wandering although by choice the 9500 is still the bestoption for me - but notif there isa chance of problems. Our local mag did quite a nice but brief review onthe 9500but then again, Fuji areprobably theirprincipal advertiser!




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just got back from the shop with my brand new replacement S9500.

On the "faulty" one there were two or three small blown pixels on the EVF although they didn't show on the LCD or in any images as I have had experience of before. It also had some focusing issue with it.

The "faulty" camera's serial number was 53Q57416. It is now undoubtedly on its way back to Fudgies denialble ops' department.

The new one seems Ok at first glance but haven't really had the chance to put it to the test yet. Watch this space. . . . . .
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