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EdGallagher Jan 19, 2006 4:19 AM

I have been eyeing up a new Fuji s9500 for myself to replace my old trusty Fuji S602 zoom. I thought the decision was easy - then I read up on the Nikon D200. Now the question is - do I save myself lots of money and go for the S9500 or to I splurge out and get the D200. The camera will mainly be used for portraits with proper studio flash system and outdoor shots. I am also looking at large prints.

Is the vast difference in price for the D200 and a 18 - 55mm lens, or similar, worth nearly £1,000 more??

mtclimber Jan 19, 2006 5:02 AM


Just a personal experience that might help a bit with your situation. Recently, I wanted a little more photographic variety and became quite interested in the Fuji S-9000 when it was introduced.

I had been shooting regularly withmy Canon 20D dSLR for over a yearand was quite pleased with the photo output of the 20D. I had lots of great photos to show for my efforts. My only complaint was that the 20D kit was fairly weighty, what with several lenses, flashes and the like. My rationale was that the Fuji S-9000 would give me a much lighter kit and here was a camera with both a full 9mp imager and a great lens with the 35mm equivalent of 28mm to 300mm, and it was light.

I too, had owned and really liked a Fuji S602. So I bought the Fuji S-9000. IMHO the S-9000 is a good but not great camera. It did not have those photos that sparkled like my output from the 20D. I felt the focus was a bit soft. Even though my wallet was a good bit lighter, I found myself constantly going back to my Canon 20D and the Fuji S-9000 sits on the shelf more and more with each passing week.

The Nikon D-200 might be a bit closer to the mark. It might get your creative juices flowing again in new and exciting ways, and you might have some unexpected fun. When I spy that Fuji S-9000, I silently give myself a kick.


EdGallagher Jan 19, 2006 5:37 AM

Still - £1,000 is a lot of money.

I did wonder about the D50 or the D70S although I am unsure as to what the largest size print I could get with the 6.1mp output.

One thing that did attact me to the S9500 is it's sync socket for studio flash, the low ISO, that lens and the fact it can use my old Canon flash.

rjseeney Jan 19, 2006 10:26 AM

I have printed as large as 12x17 with very little ill effects. If you look veryclosely, you can see a small amount of noise, but you have to be looking for it. I haven't tried printing any larger, but imagine you go as large as 16x20 with no issues, as long as you're viewing from a distance (as you should with such a large print)

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