Fujifilm S5

Had a play with something interesting? Got something that we all covet? Found a real lemon? Write a few lines about it, and share your experiences.

Moderator: Moderators

Forum rules
Please ensure that you have a meaningful location included in your profile. Please refer to the FAQ for details of what "meaningful" is.

Fujifilm S5

Postby owen on Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:28 pm

Just looking at reviews on this camera and it looks like a real performer:

http://www.thinkcamera.com/news/article ... 7412517630

In the dpreview one the image samples look a little soft, however I can't find another review to back this up.

I'm looking at either this or the d200 for weddings... and I think Im leaning towards the S5 because of the incredible dynamic range as evidenced in the above link, at the top of the review.

Anyone have one or used one?

Cheers,
Owen.
http://www.ausphotos.com - My Gallery

http://www.doesgodexist.com - a very interesting site.
User avatar
owen
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1699
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:21 pm
Location: Nowra, NSW

Postby Oz_Beachside on Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:37 pm

search for padey, he has one, and loves it.
User avatar
Oz_Beachside
Senior Member
 
Posts: 2227
Joined: Thu May 25, 2006 11:31 pm
Location: Black Rock, Victoria. D200

Postby Yi-P on Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:08 am

The S5 is the camera for wedding and portrait photographers who is not concerned about 5 fps on the D200.

And from what all I've seen on the net and around here, it is the real deal for high ISO performance Nikon system.

If you are not concerned about frame speed, this is what you'll love :)

I'm thinking to get one, too...
User avatar
Yi-P
Senior Member
 
Posts: 3579
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:12 am
Location: Sydney -- Ashfield

Postby adam on Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:32 am

Yi-P wrote:The S5 is the camera for wedding and portrait photographers who is not concerned about 5 fps on the D200.

And from what all I've seen on the net and around here, it is the real deal for high ISO performance Nikon system.

If you are not concerned about frame speed, this is what you'll love :)

I'm thinking to get one, too...


Go Yi-P ;) buy buy buy... lol :D

If I were a Nikon user I'd go for it :P
---
Equipment: camera body, wide lens, standard lens, telephoto lens, flash
Wish list: skill
User avatar
adam
Senior Member
 
Posts: 633
Joined: Sat Aug 19, 2006 5:27 pm
Location: New Caledonia

Postby Yi-P on Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:28 am

adam wrote:
Go Yi-P ;) buy buy buy... lol :D

If I were a Nikon user I'd go for it :P


If I have a spare $2.5k laying around, I definitely would... right now, I gotta hold my breathe :oops:
User avatar
Yi-P
Senior Member
 
Posts: 3579
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:12 am
Location: Sydney -- Ashfield

Postby Glen on Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:16 am

Owen, Padey (as suggested by oz) and Woody are each S5 users on this forum. Do a search as Padey has posted in the past about it, or PM them.
User avatar
Glen
Moderator
 
Posts: 11819
Joined: Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:14 pm
Location: Sydney - Neutral Bay - Nikon

Postby owen on Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:49 am

Thanks guys. I had a search for padey's images last night, a lot are not displaying though. Will have a search for woody's now, thanks Glen!
http://www.ausphotos.com - My Gallery

http://www.doesgodexist.com - a very interesting site.
User avatar
owen
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1699
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:21 pm
Location: Nowra, NSW

Postby Glen on Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:55 am

Maybe try Padey's web site and run iexif over the images to work out what is S5? http://www.catoandpade.com.au/
User avatar
Glen
Moderator
 
Posts: 11819
Joined: Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:14 pm
Location: Sydney - Neutral Bay - Nikon

Postby ATJ on Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:49 am

Search sucks...

Maybe go off his profile: http://dslrusers.com/search.php?search_author=padey

Here's a good example of his stuff: http://dslrusers.com/viewtopic.php?p=29 ... ht=#296163
User avatar
ATJ
Senior Member
 
Posts: 3982
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:44 am
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW

Postby trotkiller on Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:47 pm

Glen wrote:Owen, Padey (as suggested by oz) and Woody are each S5 users on this forum. Do a search as Padey has posted in the past about it, or PM them.


I got one too!!!
User avatar
trotkiller
Member
 
Posts: 111
Joined: Tue May 30, 2006 10:27 pm
Location: St Leonards, NSW

Postby Alpha_7 on Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:53 pm

trotkiller wrote:
Glen wrote:Owen, Padey (as suggested by oz) and Woody are each S5 users on this forum. Do a search as Padey has posted in the past about it, or PM them.


I got one too!!!



Hey Man, post some photos I bet the 28-70 2.8 and the S5 work nicely together.
User avatar
Alpha_7
Senior Member
 
Posts: 7259
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:19 pm
Location: Mortdale - Sydney - Nikon D700, x-D200, Leica, G9

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby rahnin on Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:22 am

I use one for my job, you won't be disappointed I promise.

I just wish I had the opportunity to take it home and play...
User avatar
rahnin
Newbie
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:55 am
Location: Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby Pa on Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:40 am

i think bindi acquired one of these just recently...and posted some great shots
cheers pa

http://pa.smugmug.com

Work it's part of your life.....So make it an enjoyable part of it.
User avatar
Pa
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1139
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2005 12:07 pm
Location: old bar, NSW 2430

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby bwhinnen on Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:54 pm

Pa wrote:i think bindi acquired one of these just recently...and posted some great shots


She definitely did, and did post them too ;) I know that Padey posted some fantastic ones as well...
User avatar
bwhinnen
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1234
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2004 11:12 am
Location: Cornubia, Brisbane

Re:

Postby seeto.centric on Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:24 pm

Yi-P wrote:The S5 is the camera for wedding and portrait photographers who is not concerned about 5 fps on the D200.

And from what all I've seen on the net and around here, it is the real deal for high ISO performance Nikon system.

If you are not concerned about frame speed, this is what you'll love :)

I'm thinking to get one, too...


D3 > D300 > S5 :mrgreen:
grr.. i want!

-j
User avatar
seeto.centric
Member
 
Posts: 488
Joined: Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:33 pm
Location: Baulkham Hills/2153. Sydney

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby aim54x on Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:17 pm

I want one, I bought a D300, but if it did not come along i would probably have a S5Pro now.

I would love to get my hands on one to play with, if i do i will get back to u
Cameron
Nikon F/Nikon 1 | Hasselblad V/XPAN| Leica M/LTM |Sony α/FE/E/Maxxum/M42
Wishlist Nikkor 24/85 f/1.4| Fuji Natura Black
Scout-Images | Flickr | 365Project
User avatar
aim54x
Senior Member
 
Posts: 7305
Joined: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:13 pm
Location: Penshurst, Sydney

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby Grev on Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:11 am

Should see one of these example prints given to us by Fuji, it's a portrait printed at about A2, using highest quality jpeg files and you really can't see much fault in the image.

The only factor with the S5 is the sharpening really.
Blog: http://grevgrev.blogspot.com
Deviantart: http://grebbin.deviantart.com

Nikon: D700 / D70 / AiS 28mm f2 / AiS 35mm f1.4 / AiS 50mm f1.2 / AiS 180mm f2.8 ED / AFD 85mm f1.4 / Sigma 50mm f1.4 / Sigma 24-70 f2.8 macro / Mamiya 80mm f1.9 x2 /Mamiya 120mm f4 macro
User avatar
Grev
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1025
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 4:10 pm
Location: 4109, Brisbane.

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby Bindii on Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:04 am

owen wrote:
I'm looking at either this or the d200 for weddings... and I think Im leaning towards the S5 because of the incredible dynamic range as evidenced in the above link, at the top of the review.

Anyone have one or used one?

Cheers,
Owen.


I have one.. and honestly I would highly recommend it... originally I bought it as a 'muck around' camera but its fast starting to get more use than the Canon... the only reason I am not using it for my weddings at the moment is because I only have the one lens with it (18 - 200VR) and no seperate flash.... but I plan to rectify that shortly... Its a pity you dont live closer cause you could have tried mine out for a few days... but I've found it more than easy to use and very rarely do I delete a shot taken with it... you won't be dispointed if you buy it... :)
The last thing I want to do is hurt you... but it's still on the list... ;)
User avatar
Bindii
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1895
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:28 pm
Location: Ormeau Hills Queensland

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby gstark on Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:27 am

Bindii wrote:but its fast starting to get more use than the Canon...



:)

May I suggest the 85 f/1.4?

Then the 70-200 f/2.8VR

Then you'll be selling the Canon gear.
g.
Gary Stark
Nikon, Canon, Bronica .... stuff
The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it - US Pres. Bartlet
User avatar
gstark
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22745
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:41 pm
Location: Bondi, NSW

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby Bindii on Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:34 am

gstark wrote:
Bindii wrote:but its fast starting to get more use than the Canon...



:)

May I suggest the 85 f/1.4?

Then the 70-200 f/2.8VR

Then you'll be selling the Canon gear.


Lol... no the Canons stay and thats final... *nods*... :P

but if I already have the 18 - 20 VR... whats the point in getting the 70 - 200 VR... is the image quality that much better cause I'm already impressed with the 18 - 200... :)
The last thing I want to do is hurt you... but it's still on the list... ;)
User avatar
Bindii
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1895
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 2:28 pm
Location: Ormeau Hills Queensland

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby gstark on Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:41 am

Bindii wrote:is the image quality that much better cause I'm already impressed with the 18 - 200... :)


Yes. Despite the undoubted optical quality of the 18-200.

And it's optically so much faster too, and much better construction.

The comparison is one of consumer grade as against pro grade.
g.
Gary Stark
Nikon, Canon, Bronica .... stuff
The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it - US Pres. Bartlet
User avatar
gstark
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22745
Joined: Thu Aug 05, 2004 11:41 pm
Location: Bondi, NSW

Re:

Postby W00DY on Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:18 pm

owen wrote:Thanks guys. I had a search for padey's images last night, a lot are not displaying though. Will have a search for woody's now, thanks Glen!


Hi Owen,

Sorry, I missed this thread until now.

Yep, I have an S5 and love it for studio work (I still think no camera can be beaten on the studio!!! (but I am sure someone will!!!)). I shot a lot of kids on location and to be honest I found it a bit slow for that (I bought a D300 for the location stuff). I have used it for one wedding and no probs.

If you are ever up in Sydney give me a shout, happy to meet up so you can have a play and also compare to the D300.
:D
Andrew
Nikon D3 and lot's of Nikon stuff!!
User avatar
W00DY
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1541
Joined: Wed Aug 18, 2004 6:44 pm
Location: Sydney - Hills District

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby Grev on Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:53 am

Bindii wrote:I have one.. and honestly I would highly recommend it... originally I bought it as a 'muck around' camera but its fast starting to get more use than the Canon... the only reason I am not using it for my weddings at the moment is because I only have the one lens with it (18 - 200VR) and no seperate flash.... but I plan to rectify that shortly... Its a pity you dont live closer cause you could have tried mine out for a few days... but I've found it more than easy to use and very rarely do I delete a shot taken with it... you won't be dispointed if you buy it... :)

They dynamic range on the S5 is to die for... :D
Blog: http://grevgrev.blogspot.com
Deviantart: http://grebbin.deviantart.com

Nikon: D700 / D70 / AiS 28mm f2 / AiS 35mm f1.4 / AiS 50mm f1.2 / AiS 180mm f2.8 ED / AFD 85mm f1.4 / Sigma 50mm f1.4 / Sigma 24-70 f2.8 macro / Mamiya 80mm f1.9 x2 /Mamiya 120mm f4 macro
User avatar
Grev
Senior Member
 
Posts: 1025
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2004 4:10 pm
Location: 4109, Brisbane.

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby jyt on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:17 am

Hi,

If anyone is interested in this camera...they have it at Ted's in Brisbane on Adelaide St for $1300 body only or $1500 with either tamrom 18-200 or 28-75 f2.8

My D70 is starting to fade....dropped one too many times I think!
only the center focusing point works now (unless I have it on closest focusing which I never use), and quite often the camera give me a CHR or FOR error corrupting images on the CF!! :x

So I am considering the S5...but not sure if D300 is better albeit at a significantly higher cost to this. I know the pros and cons but cannot decide...I have a 16mth old son and he is starting to run around quite a bit....so probably want the speed of D300.

Anyway more thinking to do.

cheers
Joe
Joe
Nikon D70, Nikon AFS 18-70, Nikon AFS 18 - 200, AF 50 1.8D, Sigma 30 1.4 &
Tamron AF 70-300
User avatar
jyt
Newbie
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Sat May 28, 2005 10:27 am
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Re: Fujifilm S5

Postby aim54x on Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:36 am

I am using both the D300 and the S5 Pro atm, I hope my little sister wont steal the S5 back too soon. I have to say that it is not much slower to focus and fire, it is just the FPS that is slower than on any other Nikon. I have been blown away by the dynamic range, auto wb and the colour reproduction that this camera. At this price if I didnt have the D300 I would take this and not look back, I dont really use the FPS of the D300 anyway, and for portrait work the S5 kicks arse!!

The only downside is that the menu system will take a little getting used to when switching over from a Nikon. Also just to remind you that the EN-EL3e will not power this camera, it needs a NP-150 (identical but different), even in the MB-D200 grip.

For those who are 'features' (gimmick) orientated, it has a 30sec LiveView for MF. I got a kick out of that when we first got it, but it will be as useless as the LiveView on my D300.
Cameron
Nikon F/Nikon 1 | Hasselblad V/XPAN| Leica M/LTM |Sony α/FE/E/Maxxum/M42
Wishlist Nikkor 24/85 f/1.4| Fuji Natura Black
Scout-Images | Flickr | 365Project
User avatar
aim54x
Senior Member
 
Posts: 7305
Joined: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:13 pm
Location: Penshurst, Sydney


Return to Equipment Reviews

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron