And $200 rebate off the following lenses: Tamron's SP AF14mm F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) Rectilinear, SP AF20-40mm F2.7-3.5 Aspherical (IF) or SP AF28-105mm F/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF) lenses. There will be a $100 rebate for the purchase of the SP AF90mm F/2.8 1:1 macro lens. We'd actually heard of several people receiving their pre-ordered S1 Pro's before this announcement but this kind of puts an official slant on proceedings.

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Press release:

Fujifilm Announces First Shipments of Its FinePix S1 Pro, the First Digital SLR With Super CCD

FinePix S1 Pro Purchasers Receive Tamron Special Performance Lens Rebate Coupon

ELMSFORD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2000--Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced the availability of the FinePix S1 Pro Digital Camera, the first professional SLR to utilize Fujifilm's new Super CCD Technology.

Super CCD, which gathers more image information than conventional CCDs of the same sensor count, delivers an increased signal-to-noise ratio, greater sensitivity and a wider dynamic range for clear, sharp and colorful pictures.

The FinePix S1 Pro is suitable for a wide range of professional photographic tasks thanks to its adjustable ISO equivalents of 320, 400, 800 and 1600, shutter speeds of 30 to 1/2000 second, and continuous shooting of approximately 1.5 frames/second up to five frames. It also has a Nikon F lens mount, making the FinePix S1 Pro compatible with most Nikon series lenses, thereby giving photographers the option of using their existing optics.

The FinePix S1 Pro offers a variety of image capture controls. These include four shooting modes (single frame, continuous, preview and multiple exposure), five exposure modes (general-purpose program, auto-multi program, shutter-priority auto mode, aperture-priority auto mode and manual exposure control) and five variable program modes (portrait, landscape, close-up, sport and night scene). In addition, there are eight modes for white balance (auto, fine, shade, incandescent light, custom and three for fluorescent light.)

"For professional photographers, the FinePix S1 Pro is a great gateway into digital imaging, having most of the features and controls professionals want in a digital camera while producing the quality pictures they expect from Fujifilm,'' explained Jennifer Davalos, Product Manager, Professional Digital Products, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "And with its lens compatibility, there's no need for a photographer to invest in a new set of optics. This makes it easy for the professional to shoot digital with the FinePix S1 Pro.''

The FinePix S1 Pro has a 1.1-inch Super CCD with 3.4 million sensors. It can record images at three resolutions (3040 x 2016, 2304 x 1536 and 1440 x 960) and in three file formats (TIFF-RBG, TIFF-YC and JPEG). There are three compression modes (fine, normal and basic) within the JPEG file format and captured images can be viewed on the camera's 2-inch liquid crystal display. In addition, the camera provides users with a number of removable storage options including SmartMedia(TM) (up to 64MB), CompactFlash(TM) (Card Type II) and the IBM microdrive(TM).

The USB-compatible FinePix S1 Pro has dimensions of 5.8" (W) x 4.9'' (H) x 3.1" (D) and weighs 29 ounces. Packaged along with the camera are a CD-ROM with camera-shooting software, USB and video cables, a 16MB SmartMedia storage card, four AA alkaline batteries for the image-handling system and two Lithium batteries for controlling the camera system. Now available, the FinePix S1 Pro carries a suggested ''street" price under $4,000.

Special Tamron Lens Rebate For FinePix S1 Pro Buyers

Bundled along with the camera will be a rebate coupon for select Tamron Special Performance lenses. If purchased within 30 days of the final FinePix S1 Pro purchase receipt, buyers will receive a $200 rebate for Tamron's SP AF14mm F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) Rectilinear, SP AF20-40mm F2.7-3.5 Aspherical (IF) or SP AF28-105mm F/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF) lenses. There will be a $100 rebate for the purchase of the SP AF90mm F/2.8 1:1 macro lens.

To receive the rebate, a receipt for both the FinePix S1 Pro digital camera and Tamron lens, along with a UPC bar code for each, must be submitted with a completed coupon and Tamron warranty card. Offer will end March 31, 2001.