Advantages Real Quality Photographs
Disadvantages Could be slightly heavy.
|Range & Quality of Features|
|Ease of Use|
I have in front of me, a black object, approx. 6” in width, approx. 3” in depth (without lens) and approx. 5 ¼” in height.
On holding it, I find the right side is shaped out nicely for easy handgripping, and there is even a groove on the back for the thumb.
It is quite heavy, (maybe about 2 ½ lbs, as I weighed on my bathroom scales, and was that much heavier when holding the object. This includes the lens too.) but I don’t find it too heavy. I can use it on a tripod if using slow shutter speed, or in any other tricky situations when camera shake is likely.
Moving down to the back of the camera now. Behind the exposure mode dial are two small push buttons…the auto exposure bracketing button and the synchro mode button.
To the right is the viewfinder with a rubber eyecup, under which is a Diopter adjustment knob.
When taking pictures, only the viewfinder can be used, and not the monitor like some other digital cameras.
Next to this is a small circular dial which sets the metering to Multi segment, centre weighted or spot metering. This dial surrounds the push button for auto exposure and focus lock.
Beside this is the main command dial which is a horizontal wheel. This command dial is used to select/set various functions or modes, either on its own or in conjuction with another button being pressed.
Further down the back of the camera is a narrow window which displays(when camera is turned on) the photography mode, the ISO setting, the date and time, the amount of photos you can take, the battery level of the re-chargeables, and a rec icon flashes when a picture is being written onto the flash card.
Underneath this window are four buttons, and to the left, a function button, which when pressed once or twice, brings up more settings. Once for white balance, focus mode, number of recorded pixels and file size. Twice for colour, tone, sharpness and function lock. Each of the four buttons can also be pressed to select different settings in the various modes.
For example, press the function button once, and above the fourth of the four, will appear the file size. By now pressing the fourth button again, the file size is changed.
When you have taken a picture, and it is being previewed on the monitor screen below, this narrow window shows record, erase, histogram and standard chart display.
To save the image, just press record icon, or press erase if you don’t like the picture.
To the left of the monitor is a small press button used to playback your images. On pressing this, the image appears out of focus at first with an egg timer also displayed while loading the image. After quite a few seconds (according to the size of the file) the picture becomes focussed.
The monitor is also used to display the menus. The four direction button lock switch, which is to the right of the monitor, is used to select different menus by pressing one of the arrow directions for up, down, left or right, after first pressing the menu/ok push button below.
The menu/ok button also confirms an action on the menu screen.
The four direction button should always be put back to lock position after use, to avoid accidental setting changes.
There is a push button above the four direction button lock switch, marked, back, which cancels an action in the menu screen.
Also on the camera back, down in the bottom right corner, is the media cover, which pulls down to insert the microdrive or smart media card. Both sorts of cards may be inserted together (each having their own slot), but only one can be used at a time by setting the camera.
There is a sub command dial at the front of the camera in front of the on/off switch, used in the same way as the main command dial .
Also at the top, down from the shutter, is a small round lamp which automatically comes on to assist focussing in low light or to reduce red eye. It also flashes when using the self timer. Slightly below is a push button to check the depth of field.
On the other side of the lens is the push button which releases the lens when changing it. Below this is the focus mode button which clicks around to Manual focus, Single auto focus and Continuous auto focus.
Now that is what I see in front of me.A superb camera, the FUJI FINEPIX S2 PRO, which is a digital SLR.
Well worth saving up to buy it.I searched the internet for information and reviews, and compared it to other similar cameras, and eventually came to the conclusion that this was the right camera for me, for the best quality photos and the right price.
CONTENTS of the BOX.
The Fuji Finepix S2 Pro Body,
1GB IBM microdrive,
Fast battery charger with 2 sets of 4 rechargeable AA batteries and 2 sets of 2 lithium CR123A batteries.
USB cable connection and 1EEE 1394 firewire connector.
3 Instruction Manuals (English, French and German)
and also a Manual for the software.
Adobe Photoshop Elements disc.
About half an hour later, I left the shop, very happy, and my purse was lighter by £1608-00p. (this price included the lens and an extra 512 MB compact flash, so for the camera body, I paid £1399-00p.)It is advisable to read the instruction Manual before you even touch the camera.
There is a choice of focussing modes, being Manual, single auto focus and Continuous auto focus.
An auxiliary Auto Focus lamp automatically comes on to help focussing in low light.
Images can be recorded on 2 types of storage media.
Either a Smart Media Card or a Compact Flash or IBM Microdrive.
I am using the 1GB Microdrive which was included with the camera, and I also purchased a 512 MB Compact Flash in case I need the extra storage.
With the setting for the biggest and highest resolution picture, which produces a file of about 34 MB, you can get 29 on the microdrive.
When you have taken a picture of this size, it can take up to about 20 seconds for it to write onto the microdrive.
Unless I think that I will be printing out a size 59.111” x 39.556” photo, I stay on the highest resolution for the quality, but set at the next size down which is 42” x 28”. This is an ideal setting for most things, and produces a file of about 17.5MB, and only takes about 10 seconds to write.
The 1.8” monitor on the back of the camera is only for image preview, playback, histogram and menu.
On taking your picture, you have the option to either save it or erase it if you are not happy with it.
An image can also be protected from accidentally being erased.
White balance can be set manually to
Sunny, Shade, Incandescent(studio),and 3 Flourecent settings either daylight, warm white or cool white. Also you can save 2 custom settings.
But I usually leave the setting on Auto, so that the camera works out the white balance itself. I’ve had no problems on the auto setting.
When I’ve used the camera a bit more, I’ll probably experiment with the manual settings!!
Colour can be set on the camera to
Standard, which is normal;
High, which gives a higher colour density; Original, which gives a low colour density, suitable to use if images are being used in commercial printing;
and Black and White.
Sharpness can be set to
standard which is ok for normal shots;
hard which sharpens the outlines in an image, and is suitable for buildings and text;
or off, suitable for commercial printing processing.
If you wish to view all the photos you have taken, on the camera monitor, this is possible.I’m sure I haven’t mentioned every setting there is on the S2, as there are so many of them, so I won’t bore you with any more technical info.
The Fuji Finepix S2 Pro produces some stunning results.
I have been using it along side my medium format Bronica at my weddings and the digital photos seem to produce much better colours, which many of my brides have commented on. Mind you, I have the colour setting on High, to give this result.
So get saving those pennies, and treat yourself.I did, and have been never more pleased.
Thanks for reading.
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