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Old 09-02-2005   #31
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alice used S2 prices on ebay are $600-900. new S3 are as low as $1650.
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alice used S2 prices on ebay are $600-900. new S3 are as low as $1650.
S3 is now $1200 without the RAW software at B&H.
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Old 06-12-2006   #33
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yepper i am guessing it should level outarond $1150-$1200. so we are about there. rumor has it that once they are sold thats it.

so i dont know if they are selling it out or what. i know its a great camera
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I just got a new S3 and so far I'm loving it. I haven't really tested the dynamic range claims but the one thing that I am liking is that it works very well with my SB80d flash. The s2 and s1 for some reason are not consistent and will blow out images for no particular reason from time to time, when using the flash in ttl or auto.

I tested the S3 with the SB80 extensively last night and couldn't get a blown out image when using the flash in TTL. The test will be a wedding in the next few weeks. I did a short test of DR settings and did notice a difference but I think I'll leave it on Auto DR for now. Will be testing it extensively in the next week or so.

The images are extremely sharp and have a strong tone, but I haven't used it in various conditions yet...outside with off-camera strobe, fill flash, etc.

The main reason for not jumping to the Nikon D200 was that I am familiar with the S2 and the S3 learning curve is much shorter. Plus when working at a wedding I don't want to be using bodies with different designs when switching back and forth.
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I just got a new S3 and so far I'm loving it. I haven't really tested the dynamic range claims [snip]

I tested the S3 with the SB80 extensively last night and couldn't get a blown out image when using the flash in TTL. The test will be a wedding in the next few weeks. I did a short test of DR settings and did notice a difference but I think I'll leave it on Auto DR for now. Will be testing it extensively in the next week or so.
According to Phil Askey, you can expect to recover extra highlight detail but the RS imager won't give you any special help with the shadows. This means you can recover blown-out highlights but blocked-up shadows may be a bit more difficult. The black tuxedos and white shirts worn at these functions can tax a photographer's ability to retain detail in both of these areas, especially if the lighting is itself contrasty (e.g. outdoors in bright sunshine) but the extra dynamic range capability of the S3 should be able to help.
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Thank's for the feedback. I'm not as concerned about tuxedo's. After all, the groom is just a prop to hang the bride on

I'm more concerned about the details in the bride's dress. Under controlled lighting I have no problem..it's just outdoors where the lighting can be a bit tricky.

I wish I could do some tests with a bride and groom. I may set up my tux and a white shirt outside and run some tests using those.
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jim a few shortcuts here. the cf cards transfer data at 2.2mbps while the xd cards transfer 3.8-4.2mbps. if you go xd get the 1 gig type h cards or 512 cards. the type m cards ar almost as slow as cf cards are. the vert shutter will not wake the camera from sleep, only the main shutter button will. you can shoot for the shadows and let the highlights blow in wide Dr, or if doing a wedding dress shoot for the dress to lot totally loose highlights. for film modes i like f1 of f2 except for night shots.
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Thank's for the info. I'll probably stick with CF for now. Do the High Speed CF's really work?
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no the data transfer for a 40x card is 2.2xx and for a 133x its 2.2xx maybe 2.3. they do make a difference in the card reader though. if you shoot the s3 in std DR it is faster than the s2 and the file sizes are the same as the s2.
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January this year, I sold my D70 and bought a second hands Fuji S3, sold it 2 months later to buy the Nikon D200. After using the D200 for about 4 months I decided to sell it again . . . . why? . . . to buy a new Fuji S3. Prices dropped here in Belgium to 950. The S3 is definitely my camera and I hardly can't wait to get the specifications of the S4. I contacted Fuji Netherlands and got a straight answer : There will be a Fuji S4 coming out at Photokina this year and available for the public March/April 2007. No price or specifications yet in the reply I got.


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