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Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Photographic Equipment, including the Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Review.

flash783
Q Using discounts I have sourced the Nikon D200 and Fuji S5 pro (body only) for 775 and 939 respectively. Which of the two would you recommend for the prices stated? ie does the Fuji warrant paying an extra 164 for technically a lesser chip and focal length shift (turning my 24-200mm lens to a 36-300mm) although it does profess a wider dynamic range...? My photography has a wide subject base with the occasional wedding thrown in for friends etc. Really confused as to what to buy! Any help is appreciated.

Wayne

Made by flash783 on 3 May 2007 10:58AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Yes, the more you crop the less data you have to print with, then the bigger you print, the cruder or softer it will look. This applies to all cameras. However, i would point out that the output from the S5, in terms of detail and sharpness is not the same as you would get from a standard 6Mp CCD that was interpolated to 12Mp. This is much better - thanks to the honeycomb design of the CCD array meaning that that there are more surrounding pixels to sample from to create the interpolated ones.

Made by Duncan_E on 2 May 2007 10:39AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Johndouglas1538
Thanks for your review on the S5 PRO I have been considering this camera and the D200 nice to see the comparisons
John Douglas

p.s. Does the fact that the S5 Pro has 6million real pixels have any bearing on printing at A3 size if you were cropping the original print]
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Made by Johndouglas1538 on 1 May 2007 12:36PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

rickbowden
Just bought one and it's top hole. It's exactly the same size as my 75-300mm IS, so it's easy to carry around in your bag, although it's quite a bit heavier.

Made by rickbowden on 1 May 2007 8:27AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

JulieR
How do I get in touch with Ian Kerr please?

Made by JulieR on 29 Apr 2007 5:28PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Tony_Baloni
I use the older non USM version of this lens and am a bit fed up with the time taken to focus. Performance wise it's superb and I believe the USM one is thought to be better.

Time for an upgrade then...!

I'm also a member of the Ian Kerr fan club having bought 3 lenses from him and a few folk in my club have had a good experience too with their purchases.

Tony...

Made by Tony_Baloni on 28 Apr 2007 8:43PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

hivewasp
The image with the Nikon was taken from further back to counter the effect of the 1.5x crop factor caused by its smaller sensor.

Crop Factor = the camera crops the central part of the lens image circle. By moving the camera back you are nullifying the comparison.

If you take both pictures at 50mm f/8.0 with similar lenses; you take them at the same distance. It doesn't matter if you have a wider field of view on the 5D's full frame; that's because the circle is not cropped. You are only interested in a 100% crop comparison anyway so that extra part of the image circle is not even kept. And you're not even comparing the whole surface of either sensors.

That crop factor is a pain for comparisons; it was already hard to compare APS-C sensors to film; but now Full frame vs APS-C is not much easier; sensor size influences depth of field; distance as well... they're different formats; and not comparable.

You don't compare a 50mm lens at f8 on a 6x6 camera to a 50mm at f8 on a 35mm camera. The exact same reasons you don't apply here as well. You can't have an accurate mathematical comparison by only multiplying distance.

Made by hivewasp on 28 Apr 2007 12:56PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
Well it's in the EPZ shop for 1519, so not quite a grand more. The key advantage is that the full frame CMOS chip means no focal length shift. Also, it's a genuine 12Mp resolution, but this is a CMOS chip rather than CCD. I haven't tested the 5D so can't comment on the dynamic range, but i can testify to just how useful the S5 is in those kind of conditions.

duncan

Made by Duncan_E on 26 Apr 2007 4:18PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

shoestring
ive used sony f828 for last two years and am looking at an slr now, this does appeal to me as I have to photograph my sons wedding inrhodes this august but can make up my mind between the S5 pro or the cannon EOS 5 I know its anoth grand or so but is it any better??
help

ed

Made by shoestring on 26 Apr 2007 4:10PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Duncan_E
My reasoning is that I've used both cameras and that if the landscape has challenging conditions it's normally coming from the sky, in which case you use ND grads to control it. That leaves the better resolution and fine detail of the D200 as the camera to pick.

Made by Duncan_E on 26 Apr 2007 3:52PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply