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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-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.

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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 2:54 PM
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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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