Yesterday I shot my first wedding with the S5 pro and I cant tell you how happy I am with the results. If you shoot weddings or people portraits, just go and get one for yourself. Thats how good this camera is. I was shooting with the largest JPG files the camera can produce and I never ran out of the so called slow buffer this camera is supposed to have. I think the only people who should stay away from this camera are sports shooters or the one who worship the RAW format. Why would you otherwise worry about the RAW if your JPGs are pin point accurate right out of the camera? It reminds me of the days when I used to shoot film and then the rest was done at the lab. I honestly feel that now my D2X will never get to shoot another wedding. I say so because I cant imagine shooting a whole wedding without any flash with my D2X. I did so yesterday with the Fuji S5 + 17-50 F2.8 Tamron lens and the results are absolutely stunning!
In digtal two things are more important the anything else. White balance and the exposure. This camera gets them both right everytime! Autofocus is typical D200, which is more than sufficient for a wedding. High ISO performance is something that no other camera can compete with this one except the Canon EOS 5 coming in at second place with its problems with the corner performance. I still dont understand if this camera has 6 or 12 MP, but to be honest I dont care anymore. Pixels-shmixels, it has them enough for wedding and portrait work. I think printing 20X30 size prints shouldnt be a problem with this camera, only you might end up doing so with no post processing at all! Only little gripe was that the camera uses much more battery life than the D2X. I remember that I shot a wedding with my D2X, didnt touch the camera for a month and then went to shoot another wedding forgetting to charge the battery. There was still some charge left on the battery when I came back from the wedding. This will never happen with the Fuji NP-150. I think its the same on D200, its basically the same battery with Fuji inscription. So if you are a wedding photographer who doesnt shoot weddings in bursts like a sports maniac, then buy a Fuji S5 pro + extra battery + MB D200. I can guarantee you, you wont touch another camera for a very long time.
To back up Amit's post, i used my newly bought S5 to take photos of my son and daughter in law competing in a Karate contest at a local sports hall. I had to use 3200 ASA as I couldn't use flash and although noise is apparent it is of such a type it almost adds to the atmosphere of the shot and the auto white balance was spot on.
I am more than sure that the print quality will be awsome. I can see that already on my monitor screen. I did not try the 6 MP mode because of two reasons -1) I wanted to see how slow the buffer would be on the largest JPG file size. (The buffer was still faster than my shooting speed) 2) I had a 4GB Ridata CF card and the camera said I can shoot 770 large JPG files on it. It was more than enough. At the end of the day I only shot about 550. (Which is the maximum I have ever shot at any one particular wedding considering the fact that there were only 25 guests there. Thats how much I loved the camera)
The most amazing thing for me is that I shot 550 photos and not even one of them needs any postprocessing at all! I dont care if people call this camera slow but at the end its making my workflow faster. So why I should pay many times more for the so called faster bodies?
I am definately going to buy another S5 pro in the future to avoid needing to switch lenses at the weddings. My D2X will surely become a novelty camera for me. I never shot a JPG with the D2X that didnt need any PP. If nothing else then some sharpening was required due to the 12MP. If a camera gives me 'pink people' right out of the box then thats good enough for me. If I want to do something weird then there is always the photshop option, but I hate needing to 'correct' photos to make them right. Shooting with the S5 pro is exactly like shooting with Film on an F100 body. Now only you can change the film at the press of a button and see the results without getting the roll developed. Other than that the camera gives you result as if you shot on Film, got it developed and then scanned on the best possible scanner money can buy. All that in a matter of 2-3 seconds. If thats slow, then I really dont need fast!
...I as well, shoot weddings and have been very happy with my D200...but am looking for a second camera, and the S5 seems to fit the needs...I would like to shoot the S5 in the 6 mpx. mode for file size...and am trying to find out if the print quality will be as good as, or better than my D70s. I shoot a custom curve in my D200 so PP is minimal, but I am drawn to the high ISO, and auto WB performance of the S5 (I shoot events as well...so I would only "need" around 6 mpx. for that). So far it seems that the people that "learn" the S5 are pleased such as you, and it is valuable information to those that are contemplating the S5 purchase. I appreciate your posted info...very helpful...thanks again! Doug Pitts
You are welcome my friend. Let me tell you that there isnt much learning to do with the S5. The new menu does get some getting used to but thats true with anything new. You can buy a new washing machine and you will have to figure out what the new knobs and buttons do on it. Some people just whine and the others take their time to read the manual.
Go ahead man, get one. I am telling you, you cant go wrong with this camera.
...I understand...yes I'm familiar with menus and such...doesn't bother me...but I was just interested in using this cam as a "6 mpx." cam, and was concerned with the print output quality at that setting. I am a long time pro shooter..so you have to "weed through" the posts on these forums to get "real world" shooting info such as your impressions with the S5. I have done some "test" shots in the store, but it is just not the same as when you put it into service..and then run prints from it. My D200 will be equipped with flash...and my intention is to use the S5 as a "high ISO, Auto WB, available light" cam. So far from what I am able to gather it might fit the bill with my Nikkor glass (I don't want to "switch brands")....so this nitch might have the S5 in line. I appreciate your note back...I research a lot before I lay my money down! good shooting! Doug
> my intention is to use the S5 as a "high ISO, Auto WB, available light" cam.
Thats exactly what the strong points of S5 are. I dont understand though why you want to use it just in the 6 MP mode. Is it because you have a slower computer? I know that the 6 MP will give you great quality A3 size photos without problems. I never printed anything larger from a 6 MP camera. My advice to you is to keep it on the large file size. Get the best your camera can offer you.
...excellent! Yes I always shoot "JPEG/fine"...but am not too familiar with the S5's settings regarding either the "6" or "12" mpx. mode...so the 12 mpx mode would be as if I am shooting my D200 at "JPEG/fine"?...and the 6mpx mode would be similar to "JPEG/normal" in the D200? Yes my computer is due for a ram upgrade too! I'm just trying to get an idea of "file/size=print quality" from the S5. I also understand that the "12" mpx mode kicks in the small pixels for DR...and that can be adjusted in intensity from 100%-400%...which in turn will increase file size as you dial it up. I plan on mostly using the cam at the "normal" setting of 100% cancerning DR. Thanks again Amit! I appreciate your input.
To Blackfeather: - Everything you said about your understanding of the S5 is correct. Its the best to leave the DR on Auto rather than normal. The camera does a very good job deciding it for you. When working in harsh light (especially with the bride wearing white dress) its better to leave the DR on 400%. Thats what I did. Indoors and normal shooting conditions - DR on auto, harsh sunlight 400%.
I have a lot of wonderful S5 photos from last week's wedding. But unfortunately I am not a silver member to post photos here. I will surely add them to my own website in the very near future and then I will let you guys know here.
If anyone else here has any questions about the S5, you are more than welcome to ask.
...we appreciate your input Amit...it is good to hear the "functioning aspects" of a new camera from a shooter who is experienced with "gear", and can offer "real world shooting" opinions of the S5 to those anticipating this camera for certain needs in their gear arsenal. Too bad you have to be of a certain "status" to post shots here, but when you link us to your site with examples, we will be anxious to check in and see some of your work! Thanks again!
>So if you are a wedding photographer who doesnt shoot >weddings in bursts like a sports maniac, then buy a Fuji S5 >pro + extra battery + MB D200. I can guarantee you, you wont >touch another camera for a very long time.
I appreciate you sharing your experience with the new Fuji S5. I'm thinking about and probably will purchase this new incredible DSLR. I currently owned Fuji S3 and looking to replace it with the S5 as the main and S3 as backup. Sorry, S3!
My question is the last part of your statement, is it really true you can use the MB D200 with the S5? If so, I can't wait to purchase my new work horse. I also shoot weddings and the photos on my S3 are absolutely great with colors.
>My question is the last part of your statement, is it really >true you can use the MB D200 with the S5? If so, I can't >wait to purchase my new work horse. I also shoot weddings >and the photos on my S3 are absolutely great with colors. > >Thanks again!
The MB-D200 works perfectly with the S5 if you put 2 Fuji NP150 batteries in it. You can use it with other batteries, but the battery charge indicator doesn't seem to give the correct indication.
>The MB-D200 works perfectly with the S5 if you put 2 Fuji >NP150 batteries in it. You can use it with other batteries, >but the battery charge indicator doesn't seem to give the >correct indication. > >Chris P
Thanks Chris P! I will make the additional purchase to add to my new Fuji S5 (coming soon!).
The S5 uses alot of battery power. Especially if you shoot in RAW. The MB-D200 for me wasn't a necessity, but for certain an extra battery if not two depending on how many pictures you want to take is very important.
I recommend the battery pack due to the following reasons. When an average size person holds the D200 / S5 body the little finger is hanging under the body. The MB-D200 makes the feel of the camera more complete without adding much to the weight. (the MB-D200 is quite lightweight) Load two batteries in it and you can shoot all day long. I dont think you will ever run out of batteries in a day long shoot.
The added option to shoot with rechargeable AA batteries. In case of emergency they are available everywhere.
The vertical release button. At first it looked like a gimmick to me but after shooting on the D2X and now the S5+MB-D200 I know how much less tired my hand is at the hand of the day.
The Aaaawsome factor! Bigger camera does get more attention from others. Now this might seem like silly to you but I love it when people admire my camera. I feel as if they are complimenting my purchase.
Compared to other things in your camera bag I am sure you will later realise that the MB-D200 is fairly inexpensive. Compare it to the features it adds on to the experience I say its a very good investment from the business point of few too.
I just know that my battery pack is never ever going to come off the camera now.
I have been shooting with a D200 since it became available in 2005. I know the camera inside and out. However, I am letting it go this afternoon to be sold to Adorama. I shoot a lot of sports which I use my D2X and D2Hs for. The D200 has become my travel camera as well as used for team shots etc. Myself and another photographer do about 4-6 weddings per year as well. So the only logical thing to do is sell my D200 for a Fuji S5 Pro. My NAS is rediculus right now haha!! Hey I still see it as a D200. Question, what options are available for the function button? My fav. is no flash or spot meter on my D200.