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Nikon d200 vs Fuji S5 I'm going crazy :D

Mark JK , Mar 13, 2007; 04:08 a.m.

I shoot mainly portrait so dynamic range and tonal gradation at highlight is dead or alive thing for me.

I never really care about any other brand because i've been always faithful with Nikon. But i just came across this article comparing Nikon D200 with Fuji S5 I'm so amazed.


The Fuji handles highlight details so well it really amazes me.

The Nikon show familar blown up highlight and more importantly, not smooth gradation in highlight details:


The Fuji gives really smooth gradation:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/static/image/2007/02/26/dj_s5pro_230.jpg http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/static/image/2007/02/26/dj_s5pro_400.jpg

I'm really not up for changing over to Fuji :(

But can you please advise me how to keep highlight details better in Nikon. Should I shoot RAW more often (I shoot mostly JPEG) and save highlight details in Raw converter, and if so exactly how to have highlight details like the S5? What kind of tone curve should I use.

And can I load that tone curve to D200 to give better JPEG production?

Thank you.


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Remco Jan Woldhuis , Mar 13, 2007; 04:12 a.m.

Well, if you buy the Fuji, you still have a Nikon... Only the interiour and the logo is different. But the handling is the same.

Mark JK , Mar 13, 2007; 04:36 a.m.

it really does look like a Nikon does it

Robert Budding , Mar 13, 2007; 06:43 a.m.

It is a Nikon body. Same lens mount.

Elliot Bernstein , Mar 13, 2007; 06:35 a.m.

Most digital cameras today are capable of producing superb images. Probably more important than the camaera body itself is an understanding of how the camera works through its custom settings, the lens you are using, a good understanding of exposure and of course composition.

With care and patience, and inexpensive P&S camera can shoot impressive pictures as good as cameras costing 10, 20 even 30 times more.

Never having used the S5, I cannot comment on it, but from what I have read, it is a great camera, as are Nikon and Canan DSLR cameras. Many of the differences in photos I have seen as far as color could easily be a result of camera setting such as exposure or custom settings.

Regardless of which camera you choose, you will get superb results, so get your camera and have fun.

mj t , Mar 13, 2007; 07:36 a.m.

hi Mark ...

there's been a lot of recent postings (here in Nikon forums)about the S5/D200 quandary. i invite you to start with the most recent:


look for my first reply in that thread and check out the links to other threads discussing the S5.

the S5 is based on the D200 body, yet all the internal organs are different, i.e., sensor, internal logic, menuing system, and a few more features unique to the S5.

please keep this in mind - (in my opinion) - the S5 is "not another D200" ... it offers enough unique features to set it apart.

i also suggest you jump into this forum, specific to Fuji:


regards, michael

WJ Lee , Mar 13, 2007; 10:11 a.m.

Just get Fuji. Will save you a lot of time in post processing. It's nikon camera with Fuji electronics and imaging. D200 does have higher resolution, but Fuji has better dynamic range and noise performance.

To get better highlight details out of d200, you'd underexpose it and brighten it up or take multiple exposures (exposure bracketing will do the trick) of same image and combine them. First method will create noise in shadowy area, and second won't be practical with moving subjects, and both method will take up time. There is no other way of doing it just using the curves, once it's been blown out that's it, you cannot retrieve the lost information.

Fuji sounds like the camera you need and want. So why limit yourself to Nikon badge on the camera when the one with Fuji badge will do everything you want much more easily?

David thecamerahunter.com Wombacher , Mar 13, 2007; 02:59 p.m.

I have struggled with this myself. I have decided to go Fuji. I have owned 6 different point and shoot models including the newer S9100. The above post is correct, internally they are completely different. The Fuji sensors are the best in my humble opinion. I prefer their color renditions and the best digital pictures I have ever taken were with my Fuji S602Z SE.

I love that the Fuji Pro cameras use Nikon lenses. I am a huge fan of both companies.

Mark JK , Mar 13, 2007; 06:42 p.m.

Its the loyalty thing you know :(. Like you grow up supporting Liverpool, then you cant switch to Manchester United. Okay Manchester United would be Canon, but Fuji would be like .. Barcelona. Maybe I can support both? But its still morally wrong ...

Greg S , Mar 13, 2007; 06:30 p.m.

Hi, I have always shot jpeg, which is what steered me towards Fuji from the start (S2). But the S2 needed a lot of care (typically 1/2 stop of underexposure) to preserve highlights. So later I bought the S3 specifically to address that issue. It worked for my purposes. Below are 2 jpeg pics, the first taken as a test shot in front of my house and the 2nd while on vacation. The S5 is basically the S3 sensor (with some fixes for better white balance, etc) in a D200 body. The reports from the field of early users have been quite positive... again, for their needs. Cheers, -Greg-



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