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Old Dec 27, 2003, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi, I am looking to get my first digital camera.

It will be used for "indoor shots" of models (the plastic kind you build)
in low light, and "outdoor shots" of scenery, wildlife, wildlife action,
and some general usage (not much).

I would like to have some manual control (focus, etc...), 3 to 4mp,
the ability to print good quality 8" x 10"s, ability to add-on lenses,
telephoto (10x optical minimum), and a reasonable macro function.
Size or weight is not really an issue.

I am budgeting a $1000.00 CDN. (including accessories)
Add-on lenses can come later if I wish.

After checking, and reading a lot, it seems the Fuji S5000 fits the bill.
And it looks like a camera (to me anyway as I am used to film cameras).

The only thing that I don't like about it is the xD Cards.
Not because of price, but future availability. I believe the newer Fujis
don't even use it so it may become obsolete. Comments?

Anyway, can anyone suggest any comparable choices to the S5000?

Thanks in advance,

James

P.S. What time of year is the best time to buy a camera?
February? (when the new models are announced?)
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Old Dec 29, 2003, 3:04 PM   #2
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No suggestions on something comparable?

Minolta Z1?

Any others I can research?

Thanks,

James
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Old Dec 29, 2003, 3:26 PM   #3
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Due to the Fuji's very good AF assist lamp and it's lowest noise at high ISO settings(according to available evidence) in it's class; it is probably the best choice for low light applications unless you are willing to go with seperate flash/lights for photographic use; in which case the S5000 is the wrong choice since it offers no pc synch socket or hotshoe(of which you can put a pc synch adapter on).

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Old Dec 29, 2003, 6:17 PM   #4
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Well I can't, at this time, see the need for seperate flash/lights.
Don't even know what situations I would need them for.

I am tending toward the S5000, but was just wondering if there were any alternatives to compare it against. More or less just to convince myself the S5000 is the right choice. Even if that is only a percieved convincing at least.

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Old Dec 29, 2003, 6:20 PM   #5
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Is there a camera store you can try the camera at. The only camera that is similar to the S5000 is the Olympus C740. I have used both cameras and would lean towards the S5000.
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Old Dec 29, 2003, 6:25 PM   #6
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Yes, there is a Henry's not far from me. Thanks, I will check out the C740 too.

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