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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-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1, 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, X100s and X100T - 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 2:54 PM
Thx Peter :-)
Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

Ariel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 21, 9:42 AM

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Fujifilm X100T Hands-On | Jiri Ruzek

Fujifilm X100T Hands-On | Jiri Ruzek | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I wanted deeply explore new X100T and compare it to the older models. But plans are one thing and force majeure is another. There were two issues in this case. Instead of promised ten days of testing I had less than four days for it, then I had to return the camera and it traveled to Poland to be introduced at a press conference. And when I came back home from Fujifilm, I found that I lost one SD card with many photos and videos. I know that the test piece no. 119 may differ from the final product, so I don't do any judgments and my findings relate only to the piece. I am going to focus primarily on comparison with X100S, because this is what most people are interested in these days. I added the old X100 to comparison mainly because this veteran started the whole successful series of X and for some photographers is still the king. So we'll see ...

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Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pre-production) Review | Michael R. Cruz

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pre-production) Review | Michael R. Cruz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The main difference with this camera is the color, in Fujfilm film terms, it is graphite silver.  To me it looks a bit like that gun metal finish which is very popular in car rims/wheels.  I have to admit, if I haven’t own the black X-T1, I would definitely go with this one.  I might even sell my black X-T1 and get this one, that’s how much I like the Graphite Silver, but that’s purely subjective.   This color is so much sleeker and it gives the X-T1 a more retro look.  I felt like the black one is not “retro” enough, compared to X-Pro1 or X100s, but the “graphite silver” color gives the X-T1 that retro kick it lacks.  To me, it is gorgeous!  I was never a fan of how the X-T1 look/form, I much prefer the rangefinder style, but I think, the Graphite Edition changed that. Upon using the X-T1 Graphite Silver, I immediately noticed the directional pads at the back of the camera.  It is definitely better than the black X-T1 that I have.  It is more tactile and it gives that satisfying click that I want, none of that mushy buttons like the older X-T1 has......

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Spain 2014 and some thoughts on the Fujifilm X-T1 | Christopher Swan

Spain 2014 and some thoughts on the Fujifilm X-T1 | Christopher Swan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Here are the 5 sets of images I made in Gran Canaria, Valencia and Barcelona this summer. All images were made with a Fujifilm X-T1 and mainly with the 18-55mm lens. I've been very, very pleased with the camera, it does everything I want with the minimum of fuss. It lets me get on with photography. It just works! Jpegs straight out the camera are first rate and RAW files have a lot of latitude for processing. I had some slight worries before about digital viewfinders, the X-E1 felt a bit like peering at a TV in someone else's house from across the street. Not that I've ever done that....um... But the X-T1 viewfinder is massive - very bright and clear with very little lag . I was shooting in very bright sunlight and didn't have any problems with either the viewfinder, or the screen. My last camera was a Canon 5Dmk2 and lugging it around for a day in the city (with associated lenses) was a pain in the arse. With the X-T1, the 18-55mm lens plus a spare battery (or three) I am set for a days shooting in the city.......

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Fuji X-E2 and Minolta 35mm f2.8 | Ming Art

Fuji X-E2 and Minolta 35mm f2.8 | Ming Art | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

In between 1973-1976, Minolta revised the old optical design of the MC 2.8 / 35mm. Although reduced from 7 to 5 lenses, Minolta increased image quality. The MINOLTA 35mm 1:2.8 (5 lenses / 5 groups) is richer in contrast than other Minolta lenses I used and sharp from f/4 on the Fuji X - E2 when selecting b&white Filmsimulations like "red filter". Again like I mentioned in previous posts, this is not the XF-35mm 1.4 lens, which delivers remarkable results especially the details. But the Minolta goes for around € 75. Focus peaking makes manual focusing convenient. All images shot with Fujifilm X-E2 and using OOC JPG´s. Mainly using aperture f/4 and sometimes only zone focusing, which works great with this lens. Please note that all images are not 100% in quality, since i reduce the file seize. But it hopefully will give you an impression how this lens can work, in color or b&w mode.....

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