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Old Feb 4, 2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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I tried to purchase the Fuji Finepix S5000 over the phone a little while ago. When I finished giving my credit card info, the guy told me I needed to buy all these filters and needed at least a 128 MB XD card. After I declined the filters, he told me that the camera itself would only hold 5 pictures and that I should buy a card. I declined since I knew that was false, but then after a bit of arguing, he told me I shouldn't get the camera so I didn't. My original thought was that the guy was just trying to up his commision, but I figured he still would have sold me the camera. Right now I am guessing that he needs to hit a certain sale quota to get a commission and that I would have been fine just getting the camera. What do you guys think? Also, the XD cards were about $40 more at this place than at best buy. I want this camera, but do not want to get it and then need to buy $300 in accessories just to get it to take OK pictures.

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Old Feb 4, 2004, 11:45 AM   #2
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Probably don't need the filters. You will need a larger card than the poor excuses that usually come with a cam. I don't know what size comes with the cam, but they're usually 16 meg, which is good for a handful of quality pics and that's it.

Of course the salesman was trying to sell you optional items. That's where the markup is. There isn't that much profit built into the camera itself once they discount it, but there is huge markup in the accessories. My advice, find another retailer...not because the salesman was trying to increase his sales, but because he didn't take no for an answer and kept badgering you. You didn't say which company you were dealing with, but there are plenty of reliable and reputable dealers that do not resort to pressure sales or bait and switch tactics.

Often, the lowest price doesn't result in the best purchase.
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Old Feb 4, 2004, 11:51 AM   #3
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You don't NEED all these accesoiries, although some are handy.

Filters you don't need, maybe a UV filter is nice for protection of the lens on the camera (if something happends to the lens of your camera, a UV is easely replaced, the front lens of a S5000 is not).
Any othe filter, you don't need them, if you're not going to use them.

The memory card supplied with te camera is a 16 MB card, and that is tiney, on the highest resolution it can really hold just 5 or 6 pictures. A 128 mb card can hold about 50 photos at 2816x2120, and about 100 in 2048x1536.

Before using a 10D, i used a Fuji 6900 (about the same as the S5000). When I bought it i wanted a 64 MB card, but it was'nt in store, so i played for an hour with the supplied 16 mb card, after that i went out to get a 128 MB card with the feeling that 64 mb wasn't enough. At the end i owned 3 of those 128 MB cards. So i agree about the memory, although you don't have to buy it from them.

What you're going to need also:
- A charger with 4 (or 8 ) AA size NiMH rechargables, preferably 2100mah or higher.
- A lens cloth
- A lens brush
- A bag to carry it all.
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The name of the company was radioactivedeals.com. I have decided to get the S5000 from buydig since the price is still pretty good. I will buy a card at Bestbuy and I have plenty of NiMH AAs so I guess all I need to get is the cleaning equipment, which I assumed I would need anyway. Thanks alot for the help.
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I recommend www.newegg.com for internet purchases. You will not speak to a salesperson. You will need extra memory.
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I recommend www.newegg.com for internet purchases. You will not speak to a salesperson. You will need extra memory.
Ditto.
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