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FujiFilm RAF/RAW Process Interactive Comparison | Terrance Lam

FujiFilm RAF/RAW Process Interactive Comparison | Terrance Lam | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

Just a small follow up on all the RAW experimentation I've been doing with the FujiFilm X-Pro1 RAF files. Here's an interactive mouseover table to see the differences. Areas too look for are in the wood grain (you'll see a lot of colour or chroma noise in the different examples), Smearing of details (look at the texture of the walls to see how it gets smeared and creates the water colour effect), Aliasing issues (look on hard contrast edges to see a zipper aliasing effect), and lastly loss of details (in the red brick you'll see the various levels of details in the pores of the brick).

 

Some quick comments:

DCRAW 9.16: Gives the highest details, however has aliasing artifacts. Some chroma noise (even after filtering). Command line prompt only. Requires some technical know how. I use VNG interpolation and 15 pass median filtering.

 

1/2 Median: Is the filtering I apply to DCRAW to combat the aliasing artifacts. Requires a program that has Median filtering, and very process intensive.

 

Raw Photo Processor (RPP 4.7): Utilizes DCRAW and acts as front end. Works very well for details, but aliasing and chroma noise is high. My technique of 15 passes of median averaging in DCRAW clears up more chroma noise than what is produced by this program.

 

Graphic Converter (Patched): Patched with DCRAW 9.16 gives very similar results to RPP however this program is much friendlier to use than RPP and has some real nice post processing options. Could almost be used as an all in one solution.

 

In Camera JPG: The default standard. Still exhibits some detail smearing compared to something like DCRAW output, but has no aliasing or chroma noise artifacts.

 

SilkPix Developer Pro 5: The software that is part of Fuji's RAW processing uses an older SilkyPix engine. This current version is very clean however does show some chroma smearing (look at the green colour that appears under the window ledge and the loss of other colours). Shows very little chroma noise and no real aliasing errors. Very clean output and slightly softer than raw DCRAW output, but lot less aliasing even over the 1/2 Pixel Median filter. I would highly recommend this option if it weren't for the fact that the cost of the software is pretty high.

 

FujiFilm Raw File Converter: This software bundled with the camera uses an older SilkyPix engine. It does a pretty good job, but the interface is very difficult to use and understand. Compared to the latests version of SilkPix it exhibits chroma noise and some detail smearing.

 

Lightroom 4.3: Has low amounts of chroma noise, but very heavy detail smearing. Loss of details but no aliasing artifacts. Even at 100% it's hard to see the 'Watercolour' effect if you don't know what to look for. I suspect a very heavy pre-demosaic median filter and bicubic interpolation algorithm is the cause of the issues. However it's still one of the easiest to use, and if you can handle some of the image quality loss, most likely won't notice the detail loss.

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The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Aspects of Digital Photography focusing on the Fuji X-Pro 1, X-T1, X-E1/E2 and X100s - photographer, reviews, samples and more.

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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 11:54 AM
Thx Peter :-)
Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

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Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Fuji TCL-X100 review Part 1 | Thomas Alan

Fuji TCL-X100 review Part 1 | Thomas Alan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

For the record, the studio is possibly one of the worst environments to test and judge the TCL-X100, but it’s where I needed to use it, so take the following with a grain of salt if you have no intentions of using yours in this environment. I’m not a pixel peeper, and you won’t see any charts, graphs, or fancy, mathematical, technical terms here. I judge gear by how easy or difficult it is to work with in the field, and the image results I get. I’m a touchy, feely kind of shooter who loves a piece of gear or an image if it feels right. First, a little backstory on why I purchased the TCL. I’ve been using the x100 now for three years. Initially I purchased the x100 for shooting street. Almost immediately the small camera that could became my favorite camera ever. I love the fast, bright f2.0 35mm equivalent lens, and have never really had issues with it being fixed. In fact, not being able to change lenses has been more of a blessing than a curse. I also own a X-Pro1 that I use for street and studio work. Recently, while working on a long-term portrait project, my 60mm lens on my X-Pro1 started having focusing issues and I was forced to send it in for repair.....


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Zeiss 50mm touit for Fuji X usage report | Serious Compacts Forum

Zeiss 50mm touit for Fuji X usage report | Serious Compacts Forum | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

After posting some initial impressions the time has come for a second report. I’ve taken about 120 shots with the Zeiss 50mm Touit for some time with the Fuji X-T1 and the lens growing on me. In assessing a lens, I am not really into MTF-charts and detailed comparisons (although I read them). Others are better in doing that. My basic criterium is “do I like the lens”. To be a bit more specific: is it sharp enough? is it responsive enough? Is it comfortable to hold and use? Does it help convey what I’m trying to capture? Does the lens help me avoid (a lot of) PP? Think about color “accuracy”, vignetting, CA, etc........

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Fuji X Pro 1 | Steve Coleman

Fuji X Pro 1 | Steve Coleman | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So what camera should I use for street photography? Well… thats like asking what car should I use to go shopping in! The easy answer of course is any camera, though there is no doubt in mind that different cameras give different experiences, which in turn can be the difference between enjoying the experience or feeling like your trying to take pictures wearing boxing gloves. At this point I should say I’m attaching some pictures with this post, not to demonstrate anything I’m about to say, you can see the technical quality of my pictures as they’re all taken with the Pro 1, this post is about the camera as more than positive EV or how fast it can auto focus. This post has nothing to do with the cameras technicalities. It has taken me 3 attempts to find what I consider to be the perfect camera for my needs, though I am still searching and looking for different ways to indulge in street photography. So where an I at the moment? Well I’m currently shacked up with the Fuji X Pro1. In my humble opinion the closest thing you’ll get to the classic rangefinder style that seems so engrained and used by photographers worldwide when shooting street style........

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Fujinon XF27mm pancake lens! | OnCam Photography

Fujinon XF27mm pancake lens! | OnCam Photography | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This lens is a really nice option if you just want to take your camera literally everywhere & not feel too serious, stand out, be obtrusive, & intimidating.. but don’t think for one minute this lens is a toy! After downsizing from a full DSLR kit carrying the XE2 + 18-55mm around you quickly get used to the size, and while it is a huge improvement you still feel the setup is not as small as you had imagined before switching to mirrorless. This tiny pancake lens transforms the whole shooting experience, & gives you confidence to take your camera everywhere......

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Review | MHG-XT Large Hand Grip for Fuji XT-1 | Nathan Gilmer

Review | MHG-XT Large Hand Grip for Fuji XT-1 | Nathan Gilmer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Fuji X-T1 is the best camera I have ever owned by far. I wrote a review of it here if you are interested. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the way it handled. There just wasn't quite enough grip to feel comfortable holding it. The vertical battery grip helps and I use that when doing my professional work, but it made the camera just a little bit to big for everyday use. It somewhat defeated the purpose of owning a small camera in the first place. I had also owned the regular size hand grip for my X-Pro 1 and didn't really like it either. It only was big enough for your pinky and ring finger and it just felt awkward. I then saw the announcement that Fuji released this new larger hand grip and it seemed like it would be exactly what I needed. I ordered it right away and after a couple of weeks of use, I can say it is perfect for me. It just feels right when holding the camera. It also seems to make my hand more vertical when holding the camera which significantly reduces wrist strain. It does make the camera a bit bigger and heavier but I don't think that is all bad. A little bit of bulk makes the camera feel more substantial. Lenses like the 23mm and the 56mm fit perfectly while the 35mm and 18mm now seem a bit small. It also looks really good. It fits the look of the camera perfectly.........

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Stockografie und die Fuji X-T1 in Peking | Daniel Stocker

Stockografie und die Fuji X-T1 in Peking | Daniel Stocker | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Die Chinesischen Kollegen haben mich sehr warmherzig aufgenommen und haben mich auch immer unterstützt. Ob menschlich, oder auch fachlich. Ich kann ihnen nur ein großes Lob aussprechen. Auch wenn manche Arbeitsweisen und kulturelle Aspekte für uns doch eher fremd sind, so hat die Zusammenarbeit wirklich gut funktioniert.  Und wenn man der fremden Kultur mit Toleranz begegnet, so sind auch diese Unterschiede sehr gut zu überbrücken. Ich habe das Gefühl bekommen dass beide Seiten eher Neugierig, denn Skeptisch waren. Ich muss gestehen dass ich mich im Vorfeld doch recht umfangreich über die Kulturellen unterschiede informiert habe. So ist es zum Beispiel, dass sich die Chinesen morgens nicht die Hände schütteln. Es gibt ein good morning und das war es dann auch. Beim Thema essen sind die Sitten im Land des Lächelns ebenfalls anders als bei uns. Schmatzen darf man, ebenso wie schlürfen. Es wird auch keinen Guten Appetit gewünscht, sondern einfach gegessen. Nach dem Essen wird auch nicht mehr lange gequatscht. Man steht auf, verabschiedet sich und fertig. Daran muss man sich schon erst einmal gewöhnen. Bei uns in Deutschland bleibt man doch eher noch etwas sitzen und unterhält sich über das eine oder andere Thema.......

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What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained | Digital Camera World

What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained | Digital Camera World | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
Our photography cheat sheet answers the question 'What is a macro lens?', explaining the different magnifications and minimum focus distance
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Transformational Imagemaking: An Interview with Robert Hirsch | Photo.net

Transformational Imagemaking: An Interview with Robert Hirsch | Photo.net | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

....my position has been that all photographs are constructions. The “window on the world” point of view is based on where the photographer is standing, the time of day, the quality of light, what equipment and processes are utilized, what is included and excluded in the frame, and so on. What determines the photographic outcome we see in magazines, museums, galleries, and in all forms of media are largely determined by this realistic perception mindset. I’m interested in haptic imagemakers who are expressionistically interpreting their subject matter. In place of an outward linear narrative, these artists often rely on an inner psychological approach to their storytelling. This encourages their unconscious to come to the fore and reveal multiple pathways for viewers to explore both the subject matter and the maker. Regardless of their approach, these artists delight in the act of picturemaking......

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Wie finde ich eigentlich…..das Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm? | Mehrdad Abedi

Wie finde ich eigentlich…..das Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm? | Mehrdad Abedi | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Wie schon bei meiner Rezension zum Touit 12mm f2.8 gilt auch hier: Ihr bekommt hier die Meinung eines Anwenders zu lesen/sehen. Kein großer Techtalk, MTF Charts und Analysen von Vignetierung etc. Gemeinsam mit den beiden anderen Carl Zeiss Touits für das x-Mount habe ich das Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 von Carl Zeiss Deutschland testweise zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen. Wie ich ja schon an anderer Stelle herausstellte, besitze ich alle Fujifilm Pendants zu den Touits. Und auch wenn ich mit den Fujinons im Grunde sehr zufrieden bin, lohnt sich immer auch ein Blick in Nachbar’s Garten. Von den drei Touits finde ich jedoch, kann man das 50er am wenigsten mit dem Fujinon Pendant, dem Fujinon xf56mm f1.2, vergleichen. Zum einen wegen der fast 2 ½ Blenden Unterschied und zum anderen wegen der Makrofähigkeit des Zeiss Objektivs. Wahrscheinlich wäre hier der Vergleich zum Fujinon xf60mm f2.4 der richtige. Ich versuche mich also im Gegensatz zu meinem 12er Erfahrungsbericht hier mit Vergleichen zum 56er zurückzuhalten.Hier also meine Meinung zum Carl Zeiss Touit 50 mm f2.8...............