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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

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

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Art of Camera Design: Masazumi Imai on X-T1 | The Speaker

Art of Camera Design: Masazumi Imai on X-T1 | The Speaker | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Masazumi Imai, the designer of Fujifilm’s X-series cameras, spoke recently about his philosophy and techniques working on the X-T1, which consider heavily the relationship between progression and tradition in design. “If I want to play my favorite song, I want to choose my favorite guitar,” said Imai in a recent interview, in which he discussed the X-T1. “It’s the same with cameras. If I want to take a photograph of something important to me, I want to choose a special product.” “Our X design is classic and authentic. I could have chosen an ergonomic style but our X design is completely different. It’s flat and straight and based on ‘good-old-days’ camera style.” “Late ’70s to ’80s SLRs were very cool to me. The ST901 was very small with a very characteristic finder, so this was very close to the X-T1 concept. Very simple, not so ergonomic — this was the basic inspiration.”.....

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Same lens different purpose? X100s vs. 23mm F1.4 | Ben Cherry

Same lens different purpose? X100s vs. 23mm F1.4 | Ben Cherry | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I’ve had the pleasure of using the X100s for a year now and I have to say I am completely smitten with it. It is a brilliant size that can fit into pockets and thus be carried everywhere. Chase Jarvis famously said “the best camera is the one that’s with you” and for me that quote resonates with this camera. The retro styling means that people either pay no attention to me or ask why I’m still shooting film, combining that with the silent shutter means that this is brilliant for street/documentary photography........

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The tourist lens | Don Craig

The tourist lens | Don Craig | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This past week, Fujifilm sent me a sample of their new, weather-sealed, high-magnification zoom lens, the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, to try. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to use it as I believe it is intended. I took it with me on a day trip to a nearby island for the Saturday market. Fortunately, it was raining, so I tested it in optimum conditions (for a weather-resistant lens, that is). I also tried it for work this week, when I was photographing a protocol event in Vancouver.....

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5 reasons DSLR's are obsolete in today's world | Martin Gillman

5 reasons DSLR's are obsolete in today's world | Martin Gillman | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

My name is Martin Gillman, known mostly as just Gillman, a Photographer from the South West of the UK. I would describe myself generally as an all rounder, but my love is with Landscape and Street Images. Although I do not describe myself as a Professional Photographer I do still earn income from commissions and print sales at my own leisure. I like it that way, it works for me as I get to do what I want and when I want to do it. and creativity can take precedence over instruction. I may make a switch to full time one day, if the demand is there. I believe strongly in education and self development within the craft and spend a lot of time studying the both classic and contemporary as well as coaching others who wish to learn more. You will often find me strolling around a quaint village or trekking through countryside in search of magical light and form..........

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Review | The Fujifilm XT-1 PART II | Leigh Miller

Review | The Fujifilm XT-1 PART II | Leigh Miller | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I get a lot of hate mail. Ok hate is a bit strong but let's just say quite a few people have taken issue with my many declarations that the DSLR as we know it is the past. Medium format too for that matter. For the most part I ignore the rude ones and give the more reasonable of the writers a quick reply which goes something like this: GAS: Short for "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I used to suffer from it big time and collected more camera and lighting gear than any photographer in my position needs to have. It's like a condom I thought...better to have one and not need it, than need it and not have one. Camera companies (mainly DSLR and Medium Format) fuel that with the old megapixel race, more and more frames per second, mega-high ISO etc. They convinced me that I needed all that stuff to be successful, or at the very least to be taken seriously as a professional photographer. Well I found out that was mostly BS.....

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The Mirrorless Debate | Alien Skin Software

The Mirrorless Debate | Alien Skin Software | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard different opinions about the fancy new mirrorless camera systems available today. Some photographers have made the change while others don’t think it wise. I asked a bunch of Alien Skin’s photographer friends to share their thoughts about adopting a mirrorless rig as their main camera. Their responses have really helped solidify my now undying desire to own one. Thanks for spending my money, guys! ;-P You may notice how much controversy there is over these little beasts. It reminds me of the quarrels over film and digital capture in the beginning. Is the market headed that way? What do you think? ......

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs. Fujifilm X-T1 - A Game of Mirrorless Thrones | MirrorLessons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs. Fujifilm X-T1 - A Game of Mirrorless Thrones | MirrorLessons | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

While Nikon and Canon are the only viable competitors for main throne of the digital photography world (at least for now), the battle for the mirrorless throne is much more fascinating. There are many kingdoms (a.k.a. brands) trying to triumph by creating new gear (sometimes too much) in a contentious territory (market). While we could argue about the presence of too many cameras today (and let’s face it, we don’t need all of them), this rise in competition that emerged a few years ago has also brought about some interesting changes. One of them is that mirrorless cameras now have a more serious role, attracting not only the amateur or the enthusiast but also the professional. Two of the most notable players in this game of mirrorless thrones are the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Fujifilm X-T1. The first comes from a company that greatly contributed to creating the mirrorless market in the first place. The E-M1 is the result of years of experience. The company created what is probably the first fully mature mirrorless camera aimed at both enthusiasts and professional photographers. The Fujifilm X-T1 is part of a younger system that has already shown tremendous potential. The X-T1 while not perfect is the most advanced X camera to date and proof that the Fuji X system could rapidly ascend the throne. If we put these two advanced cameras face to face, only an epic battle could come of it........

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Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Review | PhotographyBLOG

Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Review | PhotographyBLOG | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

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As the first weather-resistant lens for the XF system, the new Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR offers an appealing combination of versatile zoom range, good image quality, excellent construction and handling, and fair value for money. Centre sharpness is very good throughout the zoom range, only requiring the user to stop down by one f-stop the lens to get the best results. Edge sharpness proved to be a little disappointing at the 18mm setting, although it thankfully improves at the other focal lengths. The maximum apertures of f/3.5-5.6 are on the slow side, although the seven-blade iris diaphragm achieves some appealing bokeh effects none-the-less. Vignetting is practically a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations are only noticeable by their almost complete absence. There is some slight barreling at the 18mm wide-angle focal length, but very little pincushion distortion of note at the 135mm setting. The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR benefits from a fairly fast and pleasingly quiet auto-focus mechanism, generously wide zoom ring and a welcome aperture ring which makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure. The lens mount is, thankfully, made of metal and, thanks to an internal focusing (IF) system, the front element and filter thread does not rotate on focus, which is very good news for those using polarisers and ND grads on a regular basis.......

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First Look at the Fuji XF 18-135mm Weather Sealed Lens | Dan Bailey

First Look at the Fuji XF 18-135mm Weather Sealed Lens | Dan Bailey | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Last month, Fujifilm introduced the brand new Weather Sealed XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS WR lens. It’s the first of their lenses to feature weather resistant construction, which is designed to keep out rain, dust, and water splashes when you’re shooting out in the environment. In other words, the outdoors. You know, when it’s not sunny. We all know that’s when the best pictures often happen. Designed as a companion lens for the weather sealed X-T1, it can be used on any interchangeable Fuji X camera body, like the X-Pro1, X-M1 and X-A1. (The 18-135 features 20 points of weather sealing on the lens barrel.) Since Alaska is not known for it’s exceptionally clear weather, especially in the summertime, I was  excited to have the chance to try out a prototype version of this lens. During the past few weeks, I’ve shot a variety of landscapes and adventure with it on my trusty X-T1, and even rain into some rain and wet conditions, even a brief summer snow storm in the mountains........

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Review | The Fujifilm XT-1 | Leigh Miller