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Fuji X-Pro 1 file - ACR compared to RPP | David Taylor-Hughes

Fuji X-Pro 1 file - ACR compared to RPP | David Taylor-Hughes | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I've done a comparison on a Fuji X-Pro 1 file using The new Photoshop ACR 7.4 and Raw Photo Processor 64, the excellent Mac platform raw converter. Different software but I processed each with no sharpening added and only added a slight amount in Photoshop later. I used the same values for each file. Click on the link for the full-size high-res file. As many who have tried the new ACR are saying, the files are slightly softer than they were before, but unlike the previous ACR conversion, it is now possible to add sharpening to these X-Trans files without creating unpleasant artefacts. RPP still produces slightly sharper results to my eyes, but there isn't a lot in it. 
After waiting a long time to see this, I spent yesterday working on some X-Pro 1 files and it was pleasing to see the results. I have been so frustrated by the fact that I knew that there was more in the files, but was unable to get to it. RPP is great and I recommend it, but Photoshop is the cornerstone of my processing workflow and I know it well and how to get what I want from it. So for any camera I use, proper support is essential. It is now finally available.
So what went on? Was this a spat between Fuji and Adobe? Did Adobe just take their time to get round to this? We will never know the whole story, but it has been a long wait. As you know I baled out on the X-Pro 1 early when it looked like there wasn't going to be decent ACR support and I've had lots of files sitting on my hard drives that I haven't done much with, since I wasn't keen to upload what I considered to be sub-standard versions to my picture libraries. I can now get some really nice files from my original raws and they do have a different 'look' to conventional bayer sensor files.  With the ACR conversions and indeed with the RPP ones as well, there isn't that classic non-AA filter look. But then with the different sensor array I'm not sure that there would be. What is extraordinary is the ability to produce 'clean' files at high(er) ISO's. I believe it would be perfectly feasible to shoot high-quality landscape at ISO 400 and even ISO 800 with an x-trans sensor and I'm seeing a 2-stop improvement in noise levels over virtually everything else I use. This has all sorts of advantages in terms of narrower apertures and higher shutter speeds when shooting in good light, which for what I do is a good thing.
I've been very critical of this whole raw conversion saga and indeed seem to have developed somewhat of a reputation as a 'Fuji basher', but my only concern was to see a realisation of the FULL potential of these files. We do now have that and I'm glad to become a Fuji X-Trans enthusiast at long last. But lets be honest, its been a long and unnecessary wait and thats not really good enough.  For those who had the patience to stick with it, welcome to your new camera!
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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

Ariel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 21, 6:42 AM

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge

Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Zack Arias is one of the biggest names in photography education of recent years. He built his name on the idea that a photographer can use one light to create stunning images. Today, I am sharing a recent video Zack did tackling the age old (haha, not really) question of Full Frame Sensors vs APS-C Sensors. “I have said, in the past, that you should move toward full frame sensors. I have always championed full frame sensors.” Zack states in the description of his video, “At the end of the day, full frame sensors beat APS sized and smaller sensors.” .......

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Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan

Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

In part one I put the new Fuji TCL through it’s paces to see how well it would perform in a studio portrait environment. In part two I take it outside to see how it does in more everyday situations. First off, I headed over to the seawall on a bright, blue sky day. Walking around shooting at the beach was a breeze, pun intended, and overall the TCL was a pleasure to shoot with outdoors. The following shots are all straight out of camera with Lightroom v5.5 Lens Correction applied, except for a couple of adjustments that I've noted in each image caption.......

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Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz

Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I really should have entitled this, “Things I wish I would have done”, but I will get to that in a minute. I received my first film camera 51 years ago and have had film camera’s off and on since then. It wasn’t until 2010 that I purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon D5000. I wrote about my journey to mirrorless here if you are interested. For the first week I shot on “auto” so I could get to know the camera but my goal from the beginning was to be able to shoot in manual, which I did pretty quickly. I did the same with my Nikon D300s and D700 as the external controls made that fairly simple. I like to be able to have the settings the way I want them. When I was growing up I was the same way. I learned to drive a car at 14 in a Ford Falcon with a straight six and three on the tree. A manual transmission is something I like to use but unfortunately my left knee is not up to the task anymore. I do like the idea of being able to control what gear I am in and the engine’s rpm’s but now I have to drive an auto transmission.....

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Fuji X-T1 Review :: Yep. It’s A Fuji | Zack Arias

Fuji X-T1 Review :: Yep. It’s A Fuji | Zack Arias | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I have now had the Fuji X-T1 since February of this year. I have traveled to Dubai, Morocco, Cuba, and numerous places through the US with the XT and the new 10-24mm f4, 56mm 1.2, and 27mm 2.8 pancake lenses. I’ve shot street, portraits, personal work, and paid work with this camera and these lenses. Fuji sent the camera and lenses to me and then I picked up a second body because these are now my small camera work horses. I no longer own a single piece of DSLR gear. I shoot my PhaseOne on some jobs and I shoot Fuji’s for the rest. I do not foresee going back to DSLR’s any time soon. What can I say about Fuji cameras that I haven’t said before? They have soul. They are sharp. They are a joy to work with. They are conversation starters on set. They are small. They are quiet. They are a constant companion. I never said any thing like this about my Nikon or Canon gear. Not even my Phase One. The only reason I love my Phase is because of the image quality it produces. Otherwise, the Phase One camera body is a piece of crap and I hate it. It’s an old Mamiya 645 body with a few tweaks and a new badge slapped on the front. It’s a crap camera really. Oh how I hope and wish and pray and desire for the day Fuji gets back in the medium format game. I have begged and pleaded with them to make an X series medium format game changer. PLEASE!!! ......

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Wedding Photojournalism with the Fuji X-T1 | Paul Richards

Wedding Photojournalism with the Fuji X-T1 | Paul Richards | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The X range of cameras has received a huge amount of critical acclaim and their fair share of criticism too. There are an awful lot of both professional and enthusiast photographers out there making some wonderful images with the Fuji line up, across a wide range of disciplines. One group of photographers that I think the Fuji line up makes particular sense for are wedding photographers. I’ve been using Fuji X-cameras as secondary cameras at weddings for about a year now and have found them to be very useful as an addition to my regular Canon 5d3 setup. Inspired by Kevin Mullins excellent wedding reportage work, I’d used both the Fuji X-Pro and Fuji X-100s, with mixed success. To be honest, while I loved using them as a backup and in some of the quieter moments of the day, I didn’t feel that I could completely convert to them from my DSLR’s.......

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Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS review | Alessio Michelini

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS review | Alessio Michelini | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I wanted an ultra wide lens since I bought my little Fuji X-E1, the kit lens was a good lens overall, and while for street photography it’s definitely a great lens, for landscapes 18mm (equivalent to a 27mm on a 35mm) are not enough to me, I always felt like it was too long for me. So three weeks ago I decided to sell it in favour of a new ultra wide lens from the Korean manifacturer Samyang (or Rokinon in the States, Walimex somewhere else), the 12mm f/2 NCS CS. I generally read thousands of review before buying a lens, but in this case I couldn’t find much as this lens came out on the market just a few months ago, but the few reviews I found were all very positive, and I often read good things about Samyang lenses, so I decided to give it a try........

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How to get the Fujinon XF60mm f/2.4 R to 1:1 magnification ratio? | André Heid

How to get the Fujinon XF60mm f/2.4 R to 1:1 magnification ratio? | André Heid | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Fujinon XF60mm macro lens was one of “starter” lenses introduced with the X-Pro1 early 2012. I guess everyone ever has used this lens was surely happy with the overall picture quality, detail sharpness and the lightweight and excellent build body. But many of these users may also complained about the very slow and noisy autofocus and the limited magnification factor of ‘only’ 1:2. In the meantime the autofocus performance was subsequently improved by firmware updates and is in my opinion on the par with full frame macro lenses with noisy micro motors. What of course could not be changed through firmware is the magnification factor…

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London with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Royd Tauro

London with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Royd Tauro | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Here are some photographs from a London trip I undertook with my friend Colum Lavelle. I tested the Fujifilm X-Pro1 while I was there and was very impressed with the image quality and general feel of this lovely camera. This is definitely my new favourite travel camera. All the following photos were shot standard JPEG with some minor corrections applied in Lightroom......

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Street Photography in Zürich mit der Fujifilm X-E2 & Fujinon XF 18mm | Feyzi Demirel

Street Photography in Zürich mit der Fujifilm X-E2 & Fujinon XF 18mm | Feyzi Demirel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Kürzlich war ich für ein Wochenende in Zürich und natürlich hatte ich, wie sollte es auch anders sein, meine Fujifilm X-E2 dabei. Auf Fotos von Thomas Leuthard hatte ich schon gesehen, wie gut sich auch diese Stadt als Kulisse für Street Photography eignet, so war die Vorfreude bei mir recht groß. Die Besonderheit bei dieser Reise war für mich, dass ich intensiv mein relativ neues Fujinon XF 18mm F2 einsetzen wollte. Diese Festbrennweite hatte ich mir vor einigen Monaten geholt, da ich neben dem XF 35mm unten rum noch eine Weitwinkelergänzung benötigt habe. Normalerweise bin ich bei Streetfotografie am liebsten mit einem 50mm Objektiv unterwegs, wo dann das XF 35mm wegen des Crop-Faktors (1,5x) der X-E2 super passt. Allerdings habe ich letztes Jahr schon in Istanbul festgestellt, dass weniger Brennweite auch interessant sein kann (damals 40mm), so dass ich mich ganz bewusst auf das XF 18mm einlassen wollte (kleinbildäquivalent sind es ca. 27mm)......