I picked up a Fuji S1 Pro about three years ago as a DSLR for my wife to use. While she never really warmed to it (prefers P&S and cell phone), my daughter and I have both been having a blast with this camera. I use either an old Nikon AF 24-120 3.5/5.6 or better still, an old version AF 50 f1.8.
I just find it easy -- and fun -- to pick up and shoot. My daughter uses it to shoot images of her mini sculptures; I use it (with the 50 f1.8) as our "living room camera," shooting the girls or the cats doing something funny or light hitting an everyday object in an interesting way. It sits on a side table, out of it's case, always ready to go.
Granted, 3 megapixels isn't much, it's very slow, and it's based on a N60 body without a whole lot of options (can't use AF-S or manual focus lenses, old flash technology, etc.) But I am amazed at the images coming out of this camera! Colors are rich, noise is relatively well-controlled, files are small.
Does anyone else use one of these on a regular basis?
Note: This isn't my main shooter -- that's a D200.
>You are correct- very slow. I used to take a s-1 a long when >I was hunting. Since conditions can get dusty and dirty I >didn't want to ruin a newer camera. Images were good enough to >print 156x20's.
Does it count if I just <b>purchased</b> a minty S1 Pro today? (My first Nikon mount DSLR). Hey! So, I'm not exactly cutting edge. I'm still pretty stoked to learn that the quality is good enough to print 156x20's. (I'm into big panos).
Tue 01-May-12 03:30 AM | edited Tue 01-May-12 03:31 AM by pixelsmithy
>Granted, 3 megapixels isn't much, it's very slow, and it's >based on a N60 body without a whole lot of options (can't use >AF-S or manual focus lenses, old flash technology, etc.)
Correct me if I'm wrong, (I'm new to Nikon mount stuff and the S1 Pro) but according to the manual, you can use AI-S lenses, you just can't meter with the camera. (Set the camera on M and set the shutter speed on the camera and the aperture on the lens, I'm assuming. (I'm planning on trying it with a Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 that I have.)
It has been debated for some time whether the S1 Pro is a 3mp or 6mp camera. But it doesn't matter. When I was using the S1 I found the photos looked better then what the Nikon D1 series cameras produced. The color was gorgeous. At native ISO the photos had a fine, very detailed look. I sold it maybe 10 years ago but to this day I'm still thinking about picking one up just to see if my memory of the photos still holds true.
As for your 35mm f2.8 S lens just be sure it has either the AI factory conversion or has been AI machined. That lens was made prior to Nikon's AI mount release.