#1. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 0Rachel Registered since 25th May 2002Fri 27-Jun-03 01:45 AM
Oh, you have nothing to worry about it's a fantastic camera, once you have it in your hands you will know you did the right thing. I have had mine for a few months now and I haven't regretted my purchase for 1 minute.
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#2. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberFri 27-Jun-03 02:58 AM
Relish the anticipation too.
Have a great time :-)
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#3. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 2GoJayhawks Registered since 29th Jul 2002Sun 29-Jun-03 02:37 PM
My wife and I each bought a new Fuji S2. She came over from shooting Canon D60, D30 and A2e. We sold her Canon, bought more Nikon lenses and both are happy. I still have a D1 which I love but for different things.
My wife is a digital lab guru and what switched her to Fuji was the images she works with daily. She actually liked Fuji better than the D1 series, much better than the D100 or Canon D60.
You will be pleased!
#4. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 08-Jul-03 11:52 AM
Just ordered an S2 myself and should be receiving
the camera in the next day or so. Also ordered a Lexar 40x 512mb
card, reader, and charger. Having never shot in digital format
before and after shooting with an N80 for the past 2 years, what
do I need to expect to get up to speed in the quickest manner ?
I know the 1.5x difference and I'm looking forward to it as I love shooting sports photography as well as birds. Heck, so long as I know that I'm not burning through film (and the associated cost), I imagine that I will be shooting about 5 times as many pics. Should I immediately start shooting in RAW mode or would JPEG be just fine?
Any recommedations would be great.
#5. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 4Cmyers Basic MemberTue 08-Jul-03 11:44 PM
When I first got the S2 I shot 1 card full of Tiff (just in case something did turn out that was publishable/sellable). After that I started shooting in RAW format and haven't looked back.
The ability to make modifications post shot before the image is converted to tiff (thus negating the slight loss each time a change is made in photoshop to a tiff) is so valuable.
I have a 512 meg card too but there is one thing to remember WHEN you purchase additional memory cards. The S2 is not WA compliant meaning you won't get much more speed from a 40x card than you would from say a 16x card. This may be the only area where I'll concede a tiny victory to the Nikon as it can use this feature.
I believe with the 512 you can get about 37 shots in RAW format BUT here's another little goodie...once you reach the end of the card and it says it has no more shots left, switch to jpeg mode and you can probably get 1 or 2 more shots in.
Anyway, have fun with it and as I said, I'd advise using RAW for most of the shots (unless it's strictly for web publishing then jpeg would work). I sure am a lot busier now since I got this and my wedding and portrait clients love the turnaround time on proofs and images.
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#6. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 5Thu 10-Jul-03 11:27 PM
Chris, Although I would never doubt you in regards to your knowledge of photography.. and heck, you're making money at it whilst I still spend spend spend, I found the following site which shows the speed differences in various types of media/cards which prompted me to by the Lexar 40x card for the S2.
Trying to get used to the camera. I shot a few pics.. they actually looked pretty good and then I played around with the settings. Took a bunch more pics that showed up on the preview but were immediately lost afterwards? I think I must have changed one of the settings to download. Dunno though. In the end I'll figure it out.
Just hope it won't take too long.
#7. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 6Fri 11-Jul-03 01:22 AM
It sounds like you've set the display to "preview" mode (main setup menu). What this does is show you the image with the histogram (the best way to use this setting) so you can decide to keep the image or not. You have to hit the left function button to save the file, if you shoot again the shot is discarded and won't be written to your media.
If you set the display mode to "postview", the image will display and be written without waiting for you to tell the camera yes or no to saving the image.
One thing that sometimes still gets me is that the preview mode only works with the camera in single frame advance mode. If you set the camera to continous shooting mode, you will get postview mode despite having preview set via the menu.
#8. "RE: New S2" | In response to Reply # 7Fri 11-Jul-03 10:50 AM
BJ, thanks!!! That did the trick. Thought I had
a faulty card but instead just a faulty operator (me).
Going through my learning curve with the new toy.
I almost always shoot in continuous mode but I changed
it to single while shooting some portraits last evening.
Also, I have to change the closest subject priority through
the custom settings as I don't care for that too much.
One thing at a time. Thanks again BJ!!!
#9. "RE: New S2, lens type, question." | In response to Reply # 0
I, wrote into this forum, with a question, I am concerned about using my D lenses in digital cameras. Is your, 18-35 lens, a D type? I ask this, because they seem to do a nice job of working the sensors on the N90s, that I just purchased, also.
Since, I'm just starting into the higher end of this hobby, don't want to invest in the wrong lens system. Plan to go digital, someday. Budget limits keep me in the used market for now. I'd like to be able to use my D lenses on future digital cameras. I've read about the ccd sizes and their limits and differences.
Wondered, if they plan on developing a ccd (read of smaller than full frame ccds as one approach) that coinsides with the standard frame size of lenses, so the existing lens users, can make the eventual switch, without wasting the investment? Read of the Olympus approach, (completely new system of lenses and cameras),but I'm still driving an old Ford, so, I can pursue this hobby. The investment in my, D lenses, was substantial for the limits of my budget.
I, do have the "luxury" of doing photography as a hobby, not for a living. Am, I, okay with pursuing additional D lenses for the inventory, or should I prepare for the eventual switch to digital only, lenses? Any advice, is appreciated.
#10. "RE: New S2, lens type, question." | In response to Reply # 9Wed 11-Feb-04 03:54 PM
There is the Kodak 14n with a full 35mm frame size sensor, but it's a camera that has some quirks. It's very particular about the glass you use with it. That's partly the very high resolution that shows the flaws on lesser optics and partly a problem with internal reflections from the rear element of some lenses. A full frame sensor may also magnify lens shortcomings like chromatic aberration, so if you want to plan for a full frame future you'll want to do some research at sites like the DPReview Kodak SLR forum and see what lenses are passing muster. They'll pretty much be high quality primes and pro line zooms.
I think that DX has legs to be a long-lasting format. The 12-24mm DX zoom provides the same range and speed as your 18-35mm does full frame, but the 12-24mm has less distortion and chromatic aberration. Unfortunately, it's an expensive lens by comparision, but since you'd have to get a pro zoom like the 17-35 2.8 to get similar performanc (but more speed) full frame, it's worth considering. The 1.5X sensor is now every bit the new format that Olympus is offering with the 4/3 approach. Nikon is making lenses specifically for the smaller sensor but the sensor's larger than the 4/3 type with less noise and higher resolution. Unlike the Olympus approach, you can use a vast resource of existing glass.
So if you decide that the DX sensor has adequate resolution for your future needs (I think of full frame as more akin to a medium format capability), I'd suggest you get lenses that offer the range and performance you can use now and that will be useful with the 1.5x factor. You can use the 12-24mm zoom on a film body now, but it will provide full frame coverage only from about 17-24mm.
#11. "RE: New S2, lens type, question." | In response to Reply # 10Wed 11-Feb-04 05:23 PM
Am, I, reading you, correctly? The 17-35/2.8/D, would work on the Kodak 14n, is this correct? If, so, would the 35-70/f2.8/D and the 50mm/f1.4/D work with this camera? Are there any Nikon Digitals that will accept the 2.8D or 1.4D series, and work with the lens' sensor, not by-pass it; which would render it, to expensive, without the capabilities being utilized to their fullest.
I, am far from being a pro, so I am asking this, in order to make the transition to the possible, digital only market(given the possibility that in the future, film looses market enough to make it to expensive to continue) If, I, own the good lenses at the time of expanding into digital, would it be less costly for me? Am, I, thinking in the right track?
#12. "RE: New S2, lens type, question." | In response to Reply # 11Wed 11-Feb-04 11:35 PM
If by "work with" you mean get the full field of view you'd get on a film body, yes. The 14n is picky about how well it works with some D-series lenses but only in the sense that its image quality emphasizes any optical shortcomings. All of the current DSLRs are compatible with the D-type lens CPU. In fact the same distance and lens type info is also provided via DX-series lenses. You can use any of the lenses you've listed with any Nikon based digital camera.
The real concern isn't compatibility, but the "crop factor" that makes your lens set function as if they were all 1.5 times longer focal lenght than indicated. Your 18-35mm lens offers superwide angle field of view on a film body or with a full frame camera like the 14n. On a smaller sensor body like the the Nikon and Fuji DSLR bodies, the lens only provides the equivalent range of a 27-53mm zoom. This isn't a function of the lens type, just the smaller sensor size. Another example: the 1.4 50mm D works perfectly with all the available DSLRs, but on a small 1.5x sensor camera it has the angle of view of a 75mm lens on a film body or on the Kodak 14n with its full size sensor.
If you own good lenses when you make the transition, you'll be able to use them. But depending on whether you choose to go with a smaller sensor camera or a full 35mm frame size sensor camera, you may want to choose particular lenses. Full frame will continue to be more expensive, and Nikon isn't in any hurry to offer their own full frame bodies. It sounds like the Kodak 14n is going to be updated with a new low noise high quality sensor soon, so the full frame option for the F-mount may be improving soon. The full frame cameras will want the best glass you can afford to live up to their potential.
You may find that the smaller sensor option is more attractive in the future (lower cost, moderate file sizes, faster cameras). In that case, I'd suggest you just stick with the lenses that work best for you now and then get whatever lens or lenses you need to keep the capabilities you need. You'd need to get the 12-24mm DX to get the same wide angle capability you have now with your 18-35mm.
I hope I'm making some sense. It's hard to anticipate which current Nikkors will be the best performers with future cameras, and you would have to anticipate what sensor size you'll be using in your future camera to assemble a kit that's best for the format.
#14. "RE: New S2, lens type, question." | In response to Reply # 12Thu 12-Feb-04 03:33 AM
In your reply, you caution us about the "crop factor" when we use lenses designed for full frame sensors, with smaller than full frame sensors, and that is well taken.
Is there a formula, for figuring out the different angles of view, when using smaller than, full frame ccd or sensors and the lens that we might have on hand? I, presume, it would be a ratio, am I correct? Where can, I find the formula?
If, I buy another lens, zoom or fixed focal length, I would like to know what would be best approach. Thanks.