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Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested | Digital Photography Review

Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


With the posting of ACR 7.4 and Lightroom 7.4 'release candidates' (RC), Adobe has updated its raw processing algorithms for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor cameras, the X-Pro1, X-E1, X100s and X20. This move comes in response to months of online user requests for improved raw processing of the X-Pro1, Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens model. It is rare that Adobe's Camera Raw team revisits its demosaicing process for previously supported cameras, so we were excited to try out this latest version with some X-Pro1 raw files and compare results to the previous version of ACR, Capture One Pro 7 and Fujifilm's own in-camera conversion. To provide some context, the vast majority of digital cameras ever made perceive color using what's known as a Bayer Color Filter Array, named after the late Kodak engineer Bryce Bayer. For its recent cameras, Fujifilm has developed its own color filter array pattern, which it calls X-Trans. The idea behind X-Trans is that its pattern repeats less often than the Bayer pattern, rendering redundant the low-pass filter that usually protects against moiré. The disadvantage of creating a non-standard color filter array (especially one that took two years to develop the demosaicing algorithm for), is that third-party software makers have to do a lot more work to provide Raw support. Adobe was one of the first third-party software makers to provide Raw support for the Fujifilm X-Pro1, but the results often fell short of the standard set by the camera's own JPEG engine, in terms of rendering fine detail. So let's see what changes Adobe has made.....

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While it's important to recognize that ACR 7.3 and earlier was certainly very usable for many types of X-Pro1 images - especially if they weren't subjected to 100% view scrutiny - there's no question that with the 7.4 release candidate, Adobe has substantially improved their raw processing for the camera's X-Trans sensor. Our hats are off to Adobe for committing the not-insignificant resources necessary to improve support for X-Trans sensor cameras with relatively limited market share. The results speak for themselves and we feel confident in saying that ACR 7.4 RC is the update that X-Pro1 users have long been waiting for. Default settings offer a useful comparison of a raw engine's demosaicing capabilities but of course you'll want to tweak these parameters to get the most out of any raw file. In re-processing dozens of X-Pro1 images with ACR 7.4 we found that they all benefited from slightly more aggressive than usual sharpening, with a higher radius value than we'd typically use. You can download the original Raw files below to try your hand with your own settings in the raw processor of your choice. Share your findings with the community in the comments section. We'd love to hear what works best for you.

 

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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.

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 articles, reviews and X-Pro1 Photographer on the Web!





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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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Full Review of the Fuji XF 18-135mm Weather Sealed Lens | Dan Bailey

Full Review of the Fuji XF 18-135mm Weather Sealed Lens | Dan Bailey | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I posted a first look review of the new XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS WR lens, which is Fujifilm’s first weather resistant lens.  Although it can be used on any X-Series camera body, the 18-135 was designed in conjunction with the rugged, weather sealed X-T1, and it lets you shoot in out in the elements without having to worry about rain, heavy snow, water splashes or the spray from waterfalls getting inside your lens. In addition to the 20 points of weather sealing which have been incorporated into the barrel, the 18-135 also features a special ventilation system that helps prevent dust from being sucked into the lens when you zoom in and out. This is a really nice addition, because if you shoot in dusty conditions long enough, you’ll eventually see some of that dust work it’s way inside your lens. Believe me........

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Fujifilm X-E1 + Photo Ninja = Awesome | Thomas Fitzgerald

Fujifilm X-E1 + Photo Ninja = Awesome | Thomas Fitzgerald | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

As many of my long time readers know I’ve spent quite a bit of time going back and forward between different raw converters trying to get the best out of Fuji’s X-Trans files. While I use Lightroom as my main photo management and digital darkroom application, I’ve found that whet it comes to images from Fuji’s cameras you can get better results from a third party converter. In the past I’ve looked at both Iridient Developer and Photo Ninja, and for a while I preferred Iridient Developer. Lately, I’ve been giving Photo Ninja another workout, and after using it for a while now, and having come up with some new default sharpening settings, I’m absolutely loving the results I’m getting.......

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X-to-iPad workflow | Don Craig

X-to-iPad workflow | Don Craig | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

While I have been able to do all of these things in one way or another, I have not been able to do it seamlessly nor have I continued to attempt some of these things with the current apps available. By default, the iPad Photos app works because it is the mechanism through which photos are imported. It is possible to avoid using the Photos app, but I haven’t found a way to avoid it completely, so I use it. When I first connect a SD card to the card reader, I import the photos to my iPad with this app. One reason that I do like using it is because the file name remains unchanged when importing this way. That is not the case with some import mechanisms. I have abandoned tethered shooting with the iPad, for now…

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The 'Unbearable' Lightness of Fuji X Series | Tewfic El-Sawy

The 'Unbearable' Lightness of Fuji X Series | Tewfic El-Sawy | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This trip is something of an important chapter in my timeline as a travel photographer, as it'll be the first time that I leave my heavyweight DSLRs home. I've traveled before with just a Leica M9 and the Fuji X Pro-1 (as to Guatemala last month), but this is the first photo expedition-workshop that sees me DSLR-less. I've tested the Fuji X-T1, the new addition to this group of non DSLR tools, in the streets of New York City and over the past two weeks, found it reliable and responsive, and I believe it'll perform well in replacing my aging Canon 5 Mark II. The Fuji X-T1 has its drawbacks and quirks, but from my past experience with the X Pro-1, these are mostly caused by my being unfamiliar with its minor idiosyncrasies......

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Up Close? | X-Pro1 | Fuji XF 35/1.4 & Raynox +8 | Rob Lowe

Up Close? | X-Pro1 | Fuji XF 35/1.4 & Raynox +8 | Rob Lowe | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

If you shoot any of Fuji’s interchangeable lens, X-System bodies and are keen to shoot macros and close-ups, there is really only one option if you are looking to buy an XF macro lens; obviously, that’s the XF 60mm 2.4 R Macro lens. Personally, I know that lens pretty well and I have in the past eighteen months, shot a lot of macro images with it. It’s wonderful in rendition, clarity, size and usability (even if it does hunt, somewhat noisily, at closer focus distances). Furthermore, it’s a relatively inexpensive lens nowadays. Another option would be to purchase a set of extension tubes, adding a bit more bulk in your bag. However, what to do if you don’t want / can’t afford to – shell out £349+ for the 60mm 2.4? There is another option, besides tubes, worth considering........

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Fujifilm X30: First Look | Pixelogist.me

Fujifilm X30: First Look | Pixelogist.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Yes, that’s the Fujifilm X30. Not a bad upgrade, and not something to make you jump around your room in excitement either. To me, it’s the X20 with an EVF. Nothing more. The few improvements, like the rotating (and clearer) LCD and the new control ring, will make a difference, and make it a nicer camera to use than the X20, but it’s still the same thing at heart. Not that this is a bad thing. The X20 is a very good camera to begin with. And having the same camera with a very high-quality EVF is a nice prospect indeed. But the market having cameras like the RX100 III, with the same kind of EVF, and a much larger sensor, and (in my opinion) a better AF system, in a significantly smaller body, Fujifilm needed to upgrade the core of the X20 to give us something new. A newer sensor – a larger one, at that – or a smaller body, or even a faster lens. Something of that sort. And not simply the same camera with an extra feature or two. For the first time since the X10 came out, I’m a bit disappointed with a new Fujifilm X-series model. Oh well........

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Rebecca Lily's new Pro Set | Jakob

Rebecca Lily's new Pro Set | Jakob | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I am a preset guy. With two kids and two jobs, I am a big fan of anything that can speed up my workflow. I own the VSCO suite, Replichrome 1 & 2, AlienSkin’s Exposure and Red Leaf’s film emulsions. Being a heavy preset user, I welcomed the opportunity to test drive Rebecca Lily's New Pro Set. I am a big fan of her work and absolutely love her “look”…in particular her colors. It’s easy to spot her signature colors in her new Pro Set. I randomly chose a wedding from my archives and had a lot of fun playing with different color schemes. I quickly realized this might take a while because so many of her presets worked so well. So instead of identifying one preset for the batch which I normally would do, I used quite a few of them to show their versatility .....

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Hands On Review: Fujifilm X-E2 + Fujifilm 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | Antonio Jorge Nunes