I have a Nikon D2X,i'm pretty happy with it and now i would like to buy a second camera(i had to bring twice my camera to Nikon for focus problems and i missed lots of things,so now i want to be safe!)
I was thinking about getting the D 200 that is basically close to the D2X,but just recently i start considering to buy instead the Fujifilm S3 Pro.
What can you tell me about it?
Is the super ccd really working well with highlights? this would be a a good reason to prefer it to the D 200 that as far as i know just like my D2X has problems with " whites washing out"
An other possibility it would be to wait for the S4 Pro, will that happen soon??
Please advice me
Thanks to all
#1. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0gmdonnelly Registered since 05th Oct 2004Sun 12-Feb-06 08:31 PM
I was debating on a D200 or an S3. I opted to go with the S3. I got it about 3 weeks ago, shot 2 events with itso far-1 wedding & 1 corporate gig-and am very pleased with it. The corporate gig I shot was for the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit-part of the Super Bowl festivities. I photographed Stevie Wonder & Snoop Dogg while they were taping an interview for a Fox Network Show. No flash was allowed. I shot everything in JPEG at 1600 & the images had no noise. The images came out great. I'm real pleased with this camera
#2. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 13-Feb-06 07:11 PM
As long as you're prepared for the sluggish performance of the S3 and you don't need I-TTL flash performance, it's a camera worth considering for the extended dynamic range. Read the reviews so you know the limitations. Note that is uses only the obsolescent D-TTL flash metering, the AF system will be very slow compared to your D2X and the memory speed and buffer capacity will seem medieval. The S3 produces huge raw files but is saddled with slow write performance and a paltry buffer that you can have upgraded (at a cost) but that you can't buy in a new camera.
If there's an S4 coming (debatable) you might wait to see if anything is shown at PMA. Fuji has a history of showing non-working bodies well before anything is official and months before anything actually ships.
#4. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 3Secret42 Registered since 06th Dec 2005Sun 19-Feb-06 12:42 PM
Have had extensive experience with shooting with the Nikon D2x, D200, and the Fuji S2.
D2x - fast... just plain fast in every way. Definitely the most rugged of the three.
S2 - my first DSLR. The image quality was great but I found it almost useless when you put a flash on it and its write speed was very slow. With VR lenses the CR123 batteries got to be too $$$ so I adapted the bottom AA battery pack - worked but too plastic for my taste and every now and then the contacts in the part that fitted into the CR123 battery housing would make no contact and the camera would go dead till you wiggled the battery pack.
D200 - Viewfinder is an absolute pleasure to use. Buffer is great. Amazing with the SB-800 flash. Aux battery pack is no where as ruggedly built as the D200 body but works fine.
After using the S2 and the D200 side by side for one shoot, sold the S2. Buffer was too slow and the +/- controls were in opposite places on the cameras and I found that this really was a detriment. Image quality of the D200 in RAW I found quite better than the S2. Actually htere wasn't one thing that the S2 did better over the D200. As for the newer Fuji S3, handled it next to the D200 and the D200 just felt a lot better in my hands.
#5. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0
it depends weather you shoot raw or jpeg & how much post processing you want to do I have the d2x d2hs & s3 & IMHO there is no camera that produces the quality of jpegs straight out of the camera than the s3-the colors,quality & sharpness are simply awesome period-but its slow as hell!
#7. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 6rychel Nikonian since 30th Nov 2005Thu 04-May-06 07:48 PM
I bought an s3 when the price came down because of the lack of noise at higher isos. I am, typically a jpeg shooter. I shoot a d2x, d200, d70.
My first dslr was a fuji s2 and used that for 3 years with not much of a problem as long as I new where the pitfalls were with flash and continuous shooting.
#8. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 7jsjoholm Registered since 05th Jun 2006Mon 05-Jun-06 10:19 AM
I picked up an S3 to compliment my D2x and D200 as I went to Iraq on a photo assignment. And I must say that the S3 was a true dissappointment. I had higher hopes as to the build quality and I managed to break the bottom, a deep crack in it when I had to do a dive. Never had that problem with the D2x, and the D200 with an additional battery grip has so far withstood similar trials.
I originally intended the S3 to be a backup piece to my backup piece, but after spending a week using it and playing around with it at the Camp I found it to be simply to slow to make anything fun with it. One must compliment them on their Sensor however, wouldnt mind seeing Nikon adopting it in a slightly modified sense.
#9. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0
>I was thinking about getting the D 200 that is basically
>close to the D2X,but just recently i start considering to
>buy instead the Fujifilm S3 Pro.
>What can you tell me about it?
>Is the super ccd really working well with highlights? this
>would be a a good reason to prefer it to the D 200 that as
>far as i know just like my D2X has problems with " whites
>An other possibility it would be to wait for the S4 Pro,
>will that happen soon??
>Please advice me
>Thanks to all
I was told today that Fuji IS PLANNING S4, probably end of year or early next. No clue of what changes from S3 will be made.
However, buy now for what will fill one's anticipated needs.
The D200 is an awesome camera.
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#10. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 9calibas Registered since 31st Jul 2002Wed 07-Jun-06 04:39 AM
I've been using an S3 pro for over a year for my stock photography. I've been on the fence about buying the D200 because of the price crash of the S3. So I bought another S3 (I can wait for it to catch up- especially in it's FilmSimulation modes!). But.......I bought a D200 as well...
I've spent all weekend testing the two cameras, and although slightly sharper, I think the S3 still has it for image quality. The Nikon seems too saturated and about a third of a stop under constantly. So I've customised it's settings to desaturate, overexpose a third etc to match the Fuji. But......it's too close to call in my book.
Where the D200 scores is for my aviation stuff where I can get 5fps for 15 shots or so, instead of 1.5 fps for 7 with the S3. Oh, and yes, the built in intervalometer is superb - leave the camera set up on a landscape and sit and read the newspsper while it works away for you!!
Just my thoughts....
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#11. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 9Winn777 Charter MemberFri 16-Jun-06 12:10 PM
I own the FujiFilm S1 and S3 and you can't beat the image quality and skin color. I use these cameras for studio work and shots outdoors of people. I use the SB600 flash with a bouncer on the S3 and I'm very happy with it. As stated, the S3 is slow and for that reason I'm looking at purchasing the D200 for speed shots. I photograph bass boats on plane at speeds of 60mph to 100mph and the D200 will work better for those shots.
For studio shots of people use the S3. For speed or action shots use the D200. Two cameras for different functions. I hope this helps.
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#12. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0
I had a D200 since Dec and then bought an S3 about a month ago.
I sold the D200 because I like the DR of the Fuji much better. The Fuji isn't as good in many ways but it does have great DR and it also makes very good jpgs ........... which I never could get out of the D200.
Hard call......... the Fuji is a fairly specialized camera. Unless you need a small second body to combo with your D2X I just don't see what the D200 brings to the table. I think the S3 and D2X would make a pretty nice combo.
#13. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 0
I now own both of those cameras and IMHO the S# is awsome for shooting product that I'm not in a hurry to get recorded and can take my time with. The dynamic range is awsome for that applicaton.
I bought the D200 as a back up but actually it has become my primary camera when I'm shooting for a magazine or an event due to it's speed and ease of use. I'm just starting to play with the image optimizing features but I'm starting to think tat this camera may be almost as good as the S3 in color, but thats just an opiinion so I hope nobody jumps all over me for saying that. I like them both for different resons though, I think if it had to be one or the other, I'd probably go with the D200 at this point, but's still new to me, keep that in mind.
#14. "RE: S3 Pro or D200" | In response to Reply # 13acphoto Basic MemberWed 09-Aug-06 01:53 AM
I think Fuji is a great camera for studio use where speed doesn't matter. I like the high ISO files from it better than any Nikon's. It was also my travel camera because of it's size and weight plus great Dynamic Range. All was good when it was little sister of my mighty D2H which didn't perform well over ISO 200 compare to S3. Mind you I shoot mostly weddings and most of churches and venues are just dark.
Then I've got D200 and started to have mixed feelings about my S3. It's focusing is slow and forget about reviewing some files when shooting weddings. Also it is slow to write and runs out of battery power 3-4 times a day. And the list could go on; still better files at higher ISO but not so much anymore. I can live with D200's files using ISO 800 and even 1600 if needed. They actualy print well!
Conclusion: I trade my S3 for D200 with anyone... interested?