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Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
 

Is the Fujipix S9500 OK for macro?


I am trying to decide wich camera should replace my Coolpix 995, I have fallen for the S9500 but read some disturbing stories about too much jpg compression wich results in not too sharp endresults, RAW is an option,but is there anyone out there with experience on this camera, both good and bad comments are welcomed to help me make up my mind. Alternative in the back of my mind is the Coolpix 8800, bit the manual focus is a disaster n that one.


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6/12/2006 12:48:54 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  I don't know about the Coolpix 8800, but I have an S5200 (which has better reviews than the S9500, yet is similar in many ways) and my camera takes good macros (it can focus up a few inches away), but I think it's the macro lens you really have to look into. (The S5200 has 55mm threaded.) Check out digitalcamerainfo.com and dcresource.com for good reviews.


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6/20/2006 9:09:48 PM

 
Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
  Thanx for the input, I will take a look at the site, and at the other Finepix, there is just too much choice out there.....


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6/21/2006 10:06:51 AM

 
Tonya R. Boles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/7/2004
  I have the S9000, and it does a great job on macro, with or without the macro lens. I have a set of three for it, and in most cases can use all three at one time..


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6/21/2006 11:00:27 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Are you looking for really high (8 or 9) megapixels? When I was researching for my camera, I saw the 8800, but I wasn't willing to spend $1000 for it. Some bad things about it:
> Sluggish performance for a $1000 camera; average startup and focusing times, above-average shot-to-shot delay, unimpressive continuous shooting mode, slow image playback
> Above-average noise and barrel distortion
Aside from that, I think it's pretty similar in many ways to the S5200, except it has 3 more megapixels.
Generally speaking, the S9500 has more megapixels than the S5200, but is rated lower. It also has more controls on the lens. The S5200's lens, by the way, moves internally, so it's less likely to break, it's very quiet, and very fast.
I'd say the S9500 is in between good P&S cameras and SLRs. But for the price, just go with an SLR. Or spend $300 on the S5200. After all, Fujifilm is a very good company, unlike most.
Of course, there are a lot of choices. Like Canon's S3 IS or Sony's DSC-H5 (which I suggest you look into).

Ariel
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6/21/2006 11:04:12 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Oh, yeah. On my S5200 (which I think is the same as the S9500 in this way), the manual focus works, but it's not great. You have to press two buttons at the same time to change focus. It doesn't say at what distance it's focusing at. And it doesn't magnify what you are focusing on, so it's hard (but doable) to tell when you got it right. It's auto-focus is great, though, with lots of different choices and options for focusing, and an AF assist lamp for when it's dark. You can also focus with auto focus, and lock that focus by switching to manual focus.


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6/21/2006 11:08:08 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  I had the Fuji S5000, upgraded to the Nikon 8800 (WHICH I HATED!!!), sold it 4 months later and went with the Fuji S5200. I did consider the 9000 but the 5200 had better reviews and I really didn't need all those extra megapixels...
PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE 8800!!


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6/22/2006 5:55:31 PM

 
Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
  Dear Ariel and Diane, thanx for the input and sharing your experiences, I am now convinced to leave the 8800 alone, and am concentrating on the Fuji,however, I just read some inspiing comments about the Panasonic Lumix FZ30, some pricerange, and Leica lens 35-420mm with macro... Again, on paper it looks like a winner, but I am still reading more about it just to be sure. The Canon S3 is out of the race for now, however impressive it looks, when I'm investing in Canon again I will opt for the 350 and use my lenses of the old EOS. I will post my further thoughts as soon as I have made up my mind. And compliments to both of for the examples on your pages, impressive. You both know what you are talking about obviously! Until the next posting, take care.


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6/23/2006 10:25:25 AM

 
Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
  Oooops, sorry Tonia, I forgot you, after browsing your gallery I can honestly say the same to you, great shots as well, nice to get input from members with hand-on experience!


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6/23/2006 10:46:07 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Peter, when I was researching before I got my Fuji, I also saw the FZ30. Although it's pretty cool, and has (I think) the ability to go 19x zoom when set to 3MP, and I think it doesn't have much problem (as far as I can remember from dcresource.com) with fringing, it has very high noise. So I didn't want a camera where all the pictures look noisy! Also, I'm not sure, but I think this camera also had bad shutter lag. So when I saw the Fuji, and saw how it has super low noise (much like SLRs) I went for it! The fact that digitalcamerainfo.com used computer tests to show that the colors and details on the S5200 were better than similar cameras (although the Sony was pretty sharp, as well) didn't hurt, either!


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6/23/2006 1:26:03 PM

 
Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
  It's a good thing I'm not in a hurry, glad to hear from you again Ariel, you did all the reading and testing for me, noise is the last thing I want or would expect from a Leica, so back to Fuji (again).... The only strange thing is that in European tests and forums they talk about noise due to strong jpg compression on he Fuji, I reckon that's not the case with your 5200 since I looked at your gallery, and your pictures look great! I will seriously look at the S5200 again, better to lose some MP and stay sharp, then to have big fuzzy pictures!


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6/23/2006 2:54:22 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Check out dcresource.com and see their review for the FZ30. He talks about it, and, if I'm not mistaken, he demonstrates the noise levels on that camera when photographing a plane and then shows the same picture after going through noise-reduction software. (That test might have actually been done with a different camera, like the FZ20. But I remember for sure that both had high noise levels.) The software he used (a Photoshop extension, I think) does does a good job, but you don't want to have to do that with all your pictures. (Note that Helicon has some good free photo programs, one of which, Helicon Filter, can reduce noise.) Now, I don't think that the noise has to do with strong compression. It has to do with sensor quality and film speed, which the Fuji is very good with. By the way, 5MP into 2Mb (when set to fine) isn't strong compression. You have RAW option, too, if you want.

Again, I suggest using dcresource for good through reviews of camera performance, and I suggest digitalcamerainfo.com for very good reviews (some of which compare the camera being reviewed with similar cameras for specific areas). cnet (a very slow site) I think has reviews, part of the review testing camera speed.


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6/23/2006 3:11:16 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  By the way, in my gallery (for the shots taken with the S5200), my fly shots have been greatly cropped, so they may show a small amount of noise because of this. Most of my other shots (from the Fuji) have been cropped too, but you still can't see noise in them.


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6/23/2006 3:16:08 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  http://azone.clubsnap.org/insectguide/page01.html
is a great link that has wonderful information on how to get super-duper macros, including the necessary equipment.


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6/23/2006 3:26:35 PM

 
Peter Hoetmer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/4/2006
  Thanks for all the input, I did buy the S9500, and am learning to work with it now. Quite a change from the Coolpix, but so far so good. I do know that I inmediatelly start saving for an SRL, I still miss the REAL manual focus, and the Macro settings are weird, but who's complaning, a lot of quality at an affordable price.


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7/23/2006 2:10:40 PM

 
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