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Old Feb 7, 2007, 5:22 AM   #1
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I own a Canon 30D and normaly use a Tamron 28-75 lens for my portrait work but resently my sister hired a guy in Tennessee to due her wedding and after looking at the amazing quality shots I just had to find out what camera he used. After zooming in on one of the shots someone took of him and his gear I noticed he had a Finepix S3 Pro on each shoulder. I was wondering how is the quality that good, is it the ccd sensor which Nikon and Fuji use? Or may maybe the lenses? I'm seriously thinking about buying the new Finepix S5 as my next camera.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 6:19 AM   #2
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The term "quality" can be very subjective. Perhaps more specific information on what you did or didn't like (focus, color, noise, etc.) might make it easier to respond to your post.As far as CMOS of CCD, the old theory was that CMOS sensors used less power but CCD's produced less noise (digital distortion). Withimprovements by both camps on both fronts it's a toss-up these days. Your 30D (don't own one but know the reputation) is certainly a camera capable of producing some fine images.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 7:26 AM   #3
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The fuji is a great tool, but is kind of a specialist. It is the camera of choice for many wedding photographers and is known for it's ability to acccurately render skin tones and perform in the portrait setting. I don't know many non-portrait/wedding photographers using this camera. You also have to consider, the photographers skill plays a pretty big role in how the final images turn out. Your 30d should be capapble of producing pro-level work as well.
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Old Feb 7, 2007, 8:34 AM   #4
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The "Super CCD" in the S3 Pro is a Fuji only product. It's not in Nikon, Sony, Kodak or anyone else's CCD, as far as I know. Apparently they are using two photodiodes per effective pixel, each with a different sensitivity, and combining the information.

They've used this to optimize the dynamic range. A good anology is it's sort of like what some people do when they take two exposures and merge them in photoshop.

Their dSLRs have been popular with wedding photographers because of the need for dynamic range in order to get all of the details of for example, a brides white wedding dress, and a groom's black tuxedo, in the same shot.

More recently, in some of their point and shoot cameras over the last couple of years, they've also been using this approach to lower noise at higher ISOs.

The Fuji S5 pro, supposd to be out in the next month, puts all of this into what is essentially a Nikon D200 body. One early preview, which I posted a link to in the Fuji DSLR forum, says it appears to be about a full stop better than the Nikon D200 in terms of noise at high ISO, also does better than the Nikon D2X, and may be in the same league as the Canon 5D.

But, I think you can tell how few around here are using Fuji's current models by the lack of response to that post. I bet if Canon, Nikon or Pentax were releasing a new model with that kind of advance notice, there might actually be some buzz about it. But the Fuji models so far seem to have appealed to a very small niche market.

Not that I'm not sceptical, either, on that review. It it's really that good, I think they might get a preview camera into the hands of a reviewer someone has heard of. But, it is interesting nonetheless.

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What I mean about it's quality is the perfectly cleancolors, No noise at all "like film", and edge to edge detail and clairity. It's like looking at a three diminsional image through a pair of those glasses like they used towear at the movies way back when jaw 2 was out. The images seem to come out at you. My images look great but not nearly as clean looking as the ones I see from the S3 Pro. I'm a bit of a perfectionest and I'm always trying to get the best image possible and when a camera like this, which isn't all that popular or as expensive, puts my work to the test I like to know why. I've onlybeen into pro grade equipment for about a year nowbut don't underestimate my skills as a photographer. I'm not an "experencedpro"but I doknow what I'm doing. This double pixel technology seems pretty awsome. I can't beleiveit isn't morepopular. I've done my homework and I know the S3 has a lot of body issues but maybe with the S5 it'll be more popular.


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