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Fuji FinePix S2 Pro

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Big files, Nikon F mount, nice color
Cons:
Battery weirdness, vertical banding in the shadows, raw convertor, no mirror lock up, slow, slow, slow

Coming from the D100 to this camera was like going back to using a brownie camera LOL , I took it back after 2 outings . The D100 is edged by the files out of the camera only if you are a shooter who doesn't understand post processing the D100 files. I prefer the D100 to this camera hands down, the D100 has better noise reduction and allows much more latitude in the darkroom for recovery of shadow detail , if you process the same shot between the 2 cameras the D100 will not show banding in the shadow areas , the files are smaller , from the D100 , have to be massaged more in post processing , the skin tones are not as good out of the camera , but on the plus side the D100 is so much faster in teh field to use , it seems so much engineering was left out of the camera on the S2 ,

In short it is not a good fit for my needs , oh how I wish it were , perhaps the S3 will be the Fuji for me Smile



 
Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Sep 7, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $725.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight and has the 77mm mount like all my other Nikkors
Cons:
Price

I am adding a few select primes to my kit , this is my first Nikkor prime. I am in love with this lens, the focus is fast even tho it is not AFS. The images are tack sharp and contrasty but not too oversaturated, wide open it is a dream, the bokeh is just wonderful. I look forward to having this lens for a very long time.

 
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX

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Review Date: Jul 24, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: AFS ! Light weight, contrasty and detailed, lack of flare and ghosting, edge to edge sharpness
Cons:
I hate the focus ring position, it is "backwards" from my other Nikkors. F4 Maximum aperture

I purchased this lens to cover the last "hole" in my kit. I am very happy with this lens , I do alot of indoor shots and really like the zoom range here. As a landscape lens it is really sharp and the images are uncanny in their realism.Alos I do a great deal of flower shooting, this lens minimum focus distance really makes for interesting close up with tons of DOF.

2 thumbs up way up !

J