Fuji Finepix S1 Compared to D1
I know I will catch some flack for this question, but I need serious help. I want to purchase a Digital SLR for under 2500. I can get a used D1 or a new Fuji S1 (which is based on a Nikon body and lense set) I have all Nikon equipment so these are my only choice in the price range I am looking. I would rather buy a new S1 to get the warrenties and such, but if the quality is that much worse, I would go with the D1. I guess my question is: Does any one examples of photos taken with either of these I could compare or know where I could find examples? I know there is a skin tone problem with the D1, but there is a fix in Photoshop for this now. Any help with this or any other advice you guys can give would be tremendous help as I have the money and just need a place to burn it.
Thanks in advance for any help.
#1. "RE: Fuji Finepix S1 Compared to D1" | In response to Reply # 0NikonDigital Registered since 04th Mar 2002Mon 04-Mar-02 11:14 PM
I sold my S1 pro last year and purchased a used "mint" D1. Some of my reasons among many were no RAW image file with the S1 and the lens limitations. Another was the build quality of the S1. I do alot of out doors and wildlife photography and gave the S1 more of a beating than it could handle. The D1 is at a professional level in this respect as well.
That's not to say you cannot take great pictures with the Fuji. Everyone's needs are different and I can only tell you mine.
Steves-digicams.com has reviews on both cameras along with sample pictures if that helps.
Good luck and have fun.
#2. "RE: Fuji Finepix S1 Compared to D1" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberTue 05-Mar-02 05:14 PM
Phil Askey at DPReview has previously reviewed the S1 and D1. Both reviews have sample galleries so you can get a good idea of what the cameras are capable of, and the D1 review includes a comparison to the S1.
The fix for the D1's colour problems you mention is actually not the best way to get accurate colours out of the camera: if you use RAW mode and process the resulting NEF files using QImage or Bibble then you'll get results that are significantly better in every way (colour, resolution, handling of highlights / shadows) than the in-camera produced JPEGs. Both these applications are shareware so you can try them out and see which you prefer before you buy.
The other possibility, of course, is to wait for the D100....
P.S. There are a fair number of my own D1 photos in the "A Picture I Took" forum if you want to see some examples processed using QImage - although you'll need to search the archives for posts with "AlanC" as the author to find them.
#3. "RE: Fuji Finepix S1 Compared to D1" | In response to Reply # 0jrobichaud Registered since 14th Mar 2002Thu 14-Mar-02 07:59 PM
I would recommend the D1 without reservation, I've produced great 10x15's from croped images with it with bibble, and bicubic image resizing (gen. fractiles works great with some subjects). The S-1 as a camera is a real POS. That being said, both the D1 and my D1X seem to have trouble with really pleasing/film like flesh tones. the S-1 seems to be better here. So many pro studio shooters swear by the S-1. I shot an S-1 a week or so ago, and maybe I'm missing something, but on highest resolution, it took 27 seconds to process between shots. Just unacceptable. If you shoot an F100 or F5 and want that speed and feel, the D1 is the way to go. If you can live with an F80, wait on the D100. best wishes.