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Fuji Finepix S100fs 3 75.00%
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 3:53 AM   #1
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I've got both sitting at home & one has to go back. I bought both at approx. the same price, so that's not an issue. I'm a long time photographer & have done it professionally, owned lots of cameras & currently own 1 Nikon film camera (and lenses), a bunch of Oly (E-10, E-300 + 4 lenses), and lots more little digital things (mostly Nikon & Oly). I'm tired of lugging around all my lenses, and I'm too old to do that anymore unless I have too. I'd like a long (ultra?) zoom all-in-one solution and these two seem to be the best choices. BUT: each has drawbacks. The Panasonic is an older technology, smaller & less capable sensor but is a very well liked camera. The Fuji is more up-to-date, state-of-the-art, with a bigger sensor, more dynamic range, better hi ISO performance, less noise. BUT: has an issue with CA & purple fringing in certain high contrast shots.

I change my mind every day (literally). What would you do?


I have no interest in the new Panasonic G1, btw.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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I would keep the Fuji and use software to remove the chromatic aberration. I like the Fuji's wide angle settings and superior low light performance.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 10:14 AM   #3
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Thanks! I'm leaning that way (today). I'm thinking that the CA, when its there, is fixable, then again . . .:?
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 11:14 AM   #4
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I surely do agree completely with Robbo. Keep the Fuji, it has more features and you will be able to use them. Good Luck.

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I'm tired of lugging around all my lenses, and I'm too old to do that anymore unless I have too.
You could go to an "all in one" lens for a dSLR. For example, a Tamron 18-250mm lens on a camera with an APS-C size sensor would give you roughly the same angle of view you'd have using a 27-375mm lens on a 35mm camera.

Size and weight with an entry level dSLR should be similar to a model like the Fuji S100fs (which is a bit large for a non-dSLR camera model).

If you don't care about something starting out that wide, you could also go with something like a Zuiko 18-180mm for your existing Olympus models (giving you the same angle of view you'd have using a 36-360mm lens on a 35mm camera).

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I am going to be a contrarian here. I get the impression that the OP is looking for a fixed, or single lens solution in this case. So I don't sincerely belie ve that the A-200 with a Sony 18-250 lens is the answer that the OP is looking for in this thread.

Yes, I will certainly agree that the Fuji answer in this case, is large, cumbersome,and very weighty. So doesn't that make the Panasonic FZ-50 (or even the FZ-28) a better answer, if weight and bulk are a problem for the OP? The FZ-50 and the FZ-28 are much less costly solutions for the OP, and the FZ-50 and the FZ-28 are very capable of great photos, at a far lesser cost.

In fact, here is an FZ-50 sample photo.

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And here is that same photo set-up taken with the Panasonic FZ-28 camera. Why purchase a DSLR camera when a much better solution is close at hand and costs a whole lot less.

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You guys are both mirroring my thinking. I thought about the Zuiko 18-150. Seems like a nice lens. But, then again, my E-300 (which I actually like) doesn't have Image Stabilization and I don't want to lug around a tripod or monopod, either. And I'm not about to go off & buy another body (yet). Besides, if I buy another body & a wide/tele zoom, I'm getting up in the expense area and I'd look at it differently (if it can't pay for itself, professionally, it doesn't come into my arsenal). And, since I no longer do any freelance work, at this point its a no-no. Given my investment in Zuiko lenses & other Oly dSLR equipment, I'd maybe look at an E-3 or E-520 (or more likely, their next generation succesors) if I were going the dSLR direction, but I'm trying to move away from that. And photography is a hobby now. BTW: I've been vacillating on systems v. one-camera solutions like this my whole life (I started when I was about 8 y.o. and am now 60), so this is not a new neurosis!

Cost between the 2 (Fuji v. Panasonic) isn't really an issue. I'm actually looking at the Leica V-lux 1 which, with the current rebate, is within $50 of the Fuji. But with the Leica/Panny I'd end up looking at a wide teleconverter (I know myself too well).

There's no doubt that the Panny takes great photos for a bridge camera. Most likely, the Fuji is better (both cameras are sitting at home & arrived while I've been away, so no hands-on yet), but if the CA is REALLY REALLY bad, it becomes a big issue. If its easy to fix (I've never had to do this before, so don't know) and is only occasionally present, I don't care. I tend to shoot loads of photos and pull out a handful of "best shots". I post-process those & print at (usually) A4. Occasionally I'll do a much bigger print and sometimes smaller.

Most of the year I live in Asia - quite dusty conditions, sometimes high altitude, etc. So fixed lens is not a bad thing for me (I still have an Oly E-10 gathering dust that I can use as a boat anchor now!). I used an Oly OM-1 & OM-2 for a long time because they were indestructible & am partial to Oly, but am not impressed with their ultra-zooms. I don't need longest zoom range in the world with the most megapixels in the worl, with the lightest weight in the world, with . . . Well, you get the picture. Too many compromises added together.

If I really don't want to carry much at all, I've got a little 35-200 zoom digicam I can stick in a pocket, but the image quality and flexibility/versatility is lacking.

Thanks for your input. Lots of food for thought -- and that helps me see things more clearly.

Now, about that CA/PF . . . and tonite I'll finally have a chance to get hands-on with these two, which will help alot!
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After shooting with my Panasonic FZ-50 today, I must say that the FZ-50 may indeed be the low cost answer in your case. It is a great camera and it is the most cost effective solution. So mark me down for the Panasonic FZ-50! There are thousands of FZ-50 photos out there that will litterally take your breath away.

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Hi mfurst,

I just purchase my Fuji S100 last month, so far I love this camera
If you want to see same sample and comparison you can check at:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...=16&page=1

I don't have Panasonic FZ50 to compare though, but I do own Panasonic FZ7, not a bad camera, as long you don't use ISO 400 and above.

But for S100, ISO 800 still acceptable.
Mysuggestion if u purchase S100, get some spare battery.
Just my 2cents
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