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Monday
Nov242008

Fujifilm Finepix S5700 S700 Focal Lengths Explained

The S5700 / S700 is a great camera, with a 10x zoom, but have you ever wanted to know what focal length you're using while out on a shoot?

Accepted practice is that the 35mm SLR equivalent of a 50mm lens gives photographs that mimic the perspective of the human eye, and between 85-135mm (35mm equivalent) is good for portraits, so here's how you can work those out on your Finepix....





S5700 S700 Focal Lengths With 35mm Conversion


So, all you really need to remember is that the second notch from the left on the zoom bar (it appears when you move the zoom lever) is like shooting with an SLR's 50mm lens, and when shooting people a good guide would be to stay around the middle notch.

Hope this helps!

Cheers, Rob.
Wednesday
Nov192008

New Fujifilm FinePix S5700 S700 Audio Instruction Guide (On CD)

I've re-recorded and updated my Fujifilm Finepix S5700 / S700 audio User Guide, and packed it all together on one simple download, or CD, all for the bargain price of £10 GBP, (including free postage World-Wide for the CD).

Now consisting of over 3 hours of friendly, informative audio, you can listen to the files on your Computer, or transfer them to your mp3 player or Ipod, and learn with me, camera in hand, in the comfort of your own home (or out on a photowalk!).





If you're a bit confused reading through the camera manual (like I was when I first got the S5700), this audio instruction manual will be really helpful.

Including over 200 minutes, (or 3 hours) of friendly instruction, you can listen to the included mp3 files on your computer, or transfer them to your ipod / mp3 player.

It's written to be listened to while you've got your camera in your hands, so as I talk about features, menu options and techniques you can practice along at the same time.

You can download the first chapter for free, Camera Introduction, Essential Accessories and Getting Started, by clicking here.. (Right-click then “save target as” / “save link as”.).

The included chapters are:

1. Camera Introduction, Essential Accessories and Getting Started. (45 mins).
2. Automatic modes. (12 mins).
3. Understanding Exposure, Depth of Field and White balance. (41 mins).
4. Aperture Priority, Shutter priority and Program mode. (30 mins).
5. Advanced Focusing techniques. and Advanced Flash. (13 mins).
6. Manual mode. (13 mins).
7. WIFE and Photography Workflow. (13 mins).
8. Video. (3 mins).
9. Backing up your Photos. (8 mins).
10. Advanced Settings. (8 mins).
11. Corrections, The Next Steps. (8 mins).
12. Panoramas and the S5700. (11 mins).
13. HDR and the S5700. (17 mins).

The Audio Instruction Guide is supplied via download or CD (separated into the above chapters), ready to be played on your Computer, or copy the files to your MP3 player or ipod.

Postage is free world-wide for the CD, surface mail for areas outside the UK, so if you've got broadband, opt for the download.

Download link or CD's will be dispatched with 3 days of payment (Remember to send me your email address for download, or real address if you want the CD!).

To pay for your Audio Guide, simply go to Amazon.co.uk (the link is here), and send me a £10 Gift Voucher (Non UK credit / debit cards should work too), with the "recipient email" as scalespeeder@gmail.com (make sure you get that right!). In the message include your name, email (for download) or real address (for CD), and I'll send you your download link or CD as soon as I get the Electronic Gift Voucher.

Enjoy, and I'll see you on Flickr!

Cheers, Rob.


Thursday
Jun122008

Free Paper Diffuser / Mini Flash Soft-Box For S5700

s5700 difuserMy mate Weejamer had a problem. He wanted to take pictures of his new baby, but the built-in flash on the Fujifilm S5700 is just too bright, so he's designed and made a diffuser you can fit on it!

Head on over to his blog for the template, and a great video showing how to make it.

Jobs a good 'un!

Rob.
Tuesday
May202008

Fujifilm Finepix S5700 S700 Podcast

If you've just purchased a Fujifilm Finepix S5700 / S700 you may be interested in a Podcast I've done for a previous site - it's a learners Podcast that describes the features of this great little Bridge Camera and how to use it.

You can:

Subscribe For Free on itunes



or download individual episodes (right click, save file / target as):


Episode 0 The Pilot - Getting To Know Your Camera. Automatic Mode, Scene Position Mode, Macro Mode, Composition Help, Accessories and Assignments


Episode 1 - Image stabalisation, Natural Light, and program mode.


Episode 2 - Apperture Priority and Shutter Priority mode.


Episode 3 - Interview With Joshme17 - A Fellow S5700 Owner


Episode 4 - Manual Mode With The S5700


Next up will hopefully be image editing, image back up and sharing.


Cheers, Rob.


Tuesday
May202008

Fujifilm Finepix S5700 S700 Bridge Camera Review


So I broke my arm at the end of October '07, so I spent a week or so in hospital for an operation, then a long time recuperating. I read a lot of magazines and visited a lot of websites, and I was quite worried that I wouldn't really be able to do much with my arm in the long term, so I started to think about taking up Digital Photography as a hobby to replace my previous more active pass-times.

Before I purchased the S5700 I'd only ever owned one Digital Camera, a Kodak EasyShare CX4230, a 2.0 Megapixel Point and Shoot, that could take ok shots in the right conditions. I had played with Photoshop Elements (ver 2.0!) with some of the images, but never got that serious about it.

So when I started to look for a new digital camera, I didn't really know that much about the subject, but I knew about a few features I wanted. Long battery life, using ordinary batteries, not a model-specific pack, was first on my list. Next I wanted a big optical zoom, with an eye-piece view-finder. It had to be take video with sound, have a macro mode, and a tripod mount. My budget was about £100.



Having some Amazon Gift Vouchers, that was going to be my shop of choice, so I started to hunt through the dozens of different models, checking the user-reviews, then cross-referencing these with other sites. The Fujifilm Finepix S5700 immediately stood out - 10x Optical Zoom, runs off 4 AA's, eye-piece, Super-Macro, Tripod, Video, and it was on sale for £106! I had found my Christmas Present!

I've had the S5700 for almost 6 months now, and I have to say that it is a fantastic camera. Have a quick look at this video I did for one of my other sites:

Apologies for the video and sound quality, but it should give you an idea about the size and some of the functions of the S5700.

I can honestly say that the capabilities of the S5700 have amazed me. Ok, it's a point-and-shoot sensor in a posh body and lens, so you're not going to get dSLR quality straight out of it, but believe me when I say that this camera has almost all the controls a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera would have.

You can use the Fuji in Auto mode, where the camera does all the thinking for you, or Programme, Scene Position, Aperture / Shutter Priority, Movie and Full Manual.

So if you're interested in taking up Photography seriously, but want to start off on a budget, if you learn all the features of the S5700, you'll know exactly how to get the best out of a true dSLR.
What am I talking about? Well, we've got auto-bracketing, various focusing modes, spot, average and multi photometry. Auto, preset or custom white balance. Manual focus. The list goes on - just work your way through the manual (which is excellent) and go out and shoot to learn.

Technical stuff, the S5700 is 7.0 Megapixels, 10 times Optical Zoom, takes SD cards, takes video at up to 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second. It runs off four AA batteries, has a 46mm lens thread (for filters) and doesn't come with a camera bag.

To gauge picture quality, take a look at my Gallery. Remember that these images have been edited - so contrast has been increased, colours improved, etc, the original images are a lot "flatter", but this goes for all budget digital cameras. The best shots are achieved around dusk or evening, where little editing is needed, and remember that because the S5700 can Auto-Bracket, HDR images are possible too.

Very few gadgets really impress me. Yes, the S5700 has shortcomings. Occasional purple fringing, and I worry about the build-quality of the plastic battery and sd card covers, but I assure you that I will not be changing my S5700 until I can afford a very expensive dSLR with very good lenses - the Fujifilm is that good.

Rob.