I need input. I have a d2x a d2hs & my backup camera is my d70 which hardly gets used at all. I mostly shoot 2 different events-Portraits in studio & on loaction & high school sporting events. I use the d2x for the portrait woork & the d2hs for the sports. I have the d70 as a backup & I take it with me for family events (it has the built in flash)I wasthinking of selling it now that the price was reduced on the s3 to $1999 & I also get a $400 kit if i buy before Nov 30.
My logic behind it is that right now the d70 isnt really used at all only now & again but if I had the s3 as a back up I think because of the extended DR I would find myself using it more. Now I know its slow as hell but it seems to take great pictures & has great skin tones even in jpeg (I almost always shoot in raw but on my d70 for family snapshots or on vacation I shoot in jpeg & get the shots printed at a local store kiosk)so whatya think? is it worth it will I like it anyone have one?
#1. "RE: Sell d70 & buy s3? should I?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 11-Nov-05 09:22 PM
I have an S2 as my backup body. It doesn't offer the high DR ability, but it has some of the same strengths and weaknesses as the S3. Getting the S3 for the dynamic range capability is the only reason to buy one. The "Fuji" colors can be gotten post process or by using custom profiles if you want jpeg output. Fuji uses RGB data like everyone else (except for Sony with that short-lived 4-color sensor).
Beside being slow, I think you'll find using NiMH AA cells a hassle, and you'll find Fuji's raw converter to be clunky and slow (should you ever use it). The S3 doesn't use I-TTL, it's stuck with D-TTL instead. I don't think the S3 is a good deal at $2K, but if you put a lot of value on DR you might be one of the folks who finds the S3 to be worth the price.
I'll be interested to see what kind of DR the D200 has. The chandelier image that's circulating is promising. I wouldn't expect the D200 to match the S3's full DR capability, but you may want to see what the new camera can do. It runs rings around the S3 in every other respect.
#3. "RE: Sell d70 & buy s3? should I?" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 07-Apr-06 02:31 PM
Perhaps at close working range. Nikon dumped D-TTL because at distance or in many bounce situations the preflash wasn't strong enough to deliver accurate metering. I-TTL has a more powerful preflash that's basically as strong as the exposure flash. Not to mention that I-TTL offers sophisticated multiflash TTL capability that's not available with D-TTL.