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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
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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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Initial Impression of the new Fujifilm 18-135 lens | Vic Schmeltz

Initial Impression of the new Fujifilm 18-135 lens | Vic Schmeltz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

As soon as I heard about the release of this lens I knew I wanted to purchase it. When I was shooting Nikon the lens I used the most was the 24-120 f/4. It was the perfect walk around, travel lens. I actually used it to shoot and entire wedding and it worked great! This week I had been checking various websites and my local camera stores to no avail as I knew it was going to be released by the end of this month, July. Opening the box I was greeted with the same Fuji quality as my other lenses. The zoom is smooth, the aperture ring feels perfect and the lens has a nice weight to it. I believe it weighs between the 56 1.2 lens and the 10-24 f/4 lens with the 10-24 f/4 being the heaviest. This is a lens I could easily walk around with all day. The range of 18-135 is a very wide range. Here are two pics, the first being taken at 18mm and the second at 135. Quite a difference!.........


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FUJIFILM X-T1 IN-PROGRESS REVIEW: CONCLUSIONS | GIANNI GALASSI

FUJIFILM X-T1 IN-PROGRESS REVIEW: CONCLUSIONS | GIANNI GALASSI | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Sorry I'm late, but my dayjob is getting very demanding lately, as it does every June and July (hey, I'm not complaining at all!). After three months of intensive (to my standards) use, I'm now ready to tell my final opinion on the Fujifilm X-T1. And I'll do it the usual way, in the form of a list of what I like and what I don't. Ready? Go. ......

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55-200mm | Martin Doppelbauer

55-200mm | Martin Doppelbauer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

About a week ago Fuji's new telephoto zoom lens found its way to me. I had little opportunity to photograph with it, but at least I was able to record a number of test images. As always, I have made a comparison with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to see how close the Fuji comes to a full-frame camera. Mechanically the lens makes a good, solid feel. The housing is made of a mixture of (few) metal parts and (mostly) plastic. All controls and also the mix of materials are virtually identical to the well known standard zoom. Two switches are used to activate the image stabilizer and auto iris. Three adjustment rings allow the setting of aperture, focal length and focus point. The aperture ring snaps as tight as the one in the standard zoom and the 35mm lens. It runs better than the somewhat loose ring of 14mm wide angle. The zoom ring is quite stiff. At least the lens doesn't extract by itself when directed to the ground or sky. Speaking of ground: When the (switched off) lens is tilted from horizontal direction downwards, one can hear a distinct clicking sound. Probably a loose part of the image stabilizer. When switched on, the noise does not occur. Not so great is the lens hood. At least in my lens, this monstrous piece of plastic fits very tight into the socket. I have a downright fear to break it when turning.......

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23mm | Martin Doppelbauer

23mm | Martin Doppelbauer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The new Fuji XF23mmF1.4 R with a focal length of 35 mm (equivalent full frame format) and a field of view of 63° comes closest to the visual sensitivity of the human eye of all Fuji lenses. This universal focal length enjoys great popularity among many photographers. That's why the popular Fuji X100S and almost all smartphones carry a similar focal length. In addition, the XF23 comes with a sensational aperture of f/1.4, promising wonderful compositions of sharpness and depth of field. Therefore, many fans have waited for this Fuji lens for a long time and created a great publicity hype. The price, that Fujifilm calls for the XF23, currently (end of 2013) sets a new record at 900 €. The wider XF14mmF2.8 R comes slightly lower at 800 €. All other Fuji lenses are around 400-650 €. The question arises whether this price is justified for the XF23. As a basis for my comparison I have used Fuji's standard zoom (XF18-55mmF2.8 -4 R LM OIS, 620 € street price) and the XF35mmF1.4 R (550 € street price ). The latter also comes with a maximum aperture of f/1.4..........

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Why I chose Fuji to make a living from photography | Paul Schlemmer

Why I chose Fuji to make a living from photography | Paul Schlemmer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Paul Schlemmer; Nomadic Fuji X photographer tells us Why I chose Fuji to Making a living from photography & gives us a peek in his camera bag .....

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Crop or Crap :: Math or Moment | Dedpxl

Crop or Crap :: Math or Moment | Dedpxl | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So why am I back pedaling now? I started shooting personal work with my little Fuji. Then I pulled it out on jobs from time to time because I loved that little camera. Then I used it more. Then I got the X-Pro1. Then I started seeing my Fuji images in print. Then I started putting the Q&A book together and I had the chance to run pages of test prints for the book. I printed every type of image I had from every camera I had owned. Studio shots. High ISO shots. Portraits. Street photos. I cropped into some images and enlarged them to full page. I received the test prints back and I taped them to the wall and took one step back. My Fuji images ran side by side with D3 and 5d2 images without a single noticeable drop in quality. If anything, my Fuji images were just a tad sharper. My PhaseOne medium format images were the only images that had a noticeable change in quality when I looked at everything side by side.......

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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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Kara Woodward's curator insight, July 29, 10:06 AM

Full frame is better........ but how much better than the fuji's does it have to get?  I am considering the Sony A7 for adapted lenses but there's that Fuji something that I just love. Maybe with the LR Fuji raw presets..........

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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