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Don’t Sweat the Details but… - a non-scientific review of Iridient Developer | Olaf Sztaba

Don’t Sweat the Details but… - a non-scientific review of Iridient Developer | Olaf Sztaba | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


When Fuji introduced the X-Trans Sensor there was great excitement in the photographic community. The APS-C sensor that could challenge full format cameras was something that hadn’t been done before. Indeed, the JPEGs from Fuji X-Trans cameras have been spectacular. For the RAW shooters, however, it wasn’t all roses. The RAW saga with the X-Trans Sensor started when Adobe issued its support for the sensor (I didn’t mention Silkypix since nobody wanted to learn this unintuitive software). Anticipation and excitement turned into a spate of cries and accusations. What happened to the details that are supposed to be present in the files of an aliasing-filter-free camera with a revolutionary sensor? They were simply not there for many. Then there was Capture One. Along with the support came a sigh of relief, as the files from C1 show a much better rendition of tiny things. All pixel peepers went berserk with 100%, 200% and __% comparisons between different RAW processors. As usual with the Internet, everyone saw something different but in general the majority crowned the C1 as the best bet for the X-Trans sensor files treatment. Then, almost out of the blue came a little known software, Iridient Developer. I have to admit that my early reaction was sceptical. If Adobe couldn’t do it, why would they do it? One weekend I decided to download a trial version of Iridient Developer and take a look. From the first I liked the simple, logical layout. I processed a few files and exported them to Lightroom. Then when nobody was watching I indulged myself in an orgy of pixel peeping. What a party it was! First on my agenda were some photos of dusty old trucks. The difference was clear. I could see every imperfection on the hood and tire marks I hadn’t seen before. In fact, the details I saw approached the details on the D800 files. Unbelievable! Grinning happily, I went back to the Iridient Developer site and bought the full version. More processing followed and after a few days of comparing the files with the C1 and Lightroom, my conclusion was in: This is the best processing software for X-Trans Sensor files if you are looking for razor-sharp details!....

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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.

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 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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Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard

Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I recently went on a 13-day cruise to the Baltic with the Fuji X-system. I took both of my bodies (X-E1 & X-T1) plus my single zoom (18-55) and several primes. I took my Tenba Messenger (small) bag for the Macbook, chargers, backup HDD, cables, Rolleicord film camera, iPod and extra lenses, but intended to only carry the Ona Bowery bag on a day to day basis. Stops were made for days out around several major cities, including Amsterdam, Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg. It was a good chance to give the X-T1 a practical workout and to see whether imaging with this compact setup would be effective and enjoyable. In terms of portability I have only praise for the setup I chose to carry on a day to day basis. I took the Ona bag with both bodies, each fitted with a lens that I thought would be most suitable for the location visited. Also carried were 2 spare batteries, lens cloth, detachable neck strap/wrist strap and city map. This setup was light and comfortable to carry, never once giving me shoulder ache. It was easy to open or secure the bag and rapidly remove or replace a camera. There was no need for lens changing in the streets, which in my experience tends to lead to dropping kit, losing bits like lens caps and missing the moment. I prefer to shoot already set up and would rather carry 2 bodies, each with a lens, than a single body with 3 lenses, for this sort of photography........

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Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image

Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Very quickly, the X100s has become my favourite digital camera. It is small, and for the most part, elegantly designed. Attach a Thumbs Up style grip and it is nearly as hand-holdable as a film rangefinder. Of course, its 23mm f/2 lens is both wide and fast enough to do just about everything I need it to do in events and audio product reviews. The elements that show the X100s well in event photography: its silent shutter, and clear OVF, show it equally well on the street. Of course, I'm no street photographer. When I head into Tokyo on business, I carry the X100s. It's the perfect size to slip into a small bag, or hang from an errant thumb. I'm no street artist. From time to time, I fire off a few images. That's about it. The most talented street photographer I know personally is my wife; and after her, Martin Irwin. (My X100's first outing was with Martin.) And none of us practice that sort of thing often enough. I'm the guy that nudges reflectors all day whilst chugging whisky, wine, and cheap vodka and blåbär saft. I rarely get out of the office/studio. But recently, I met up with a few cool headfiers at e-earphone's awesome porta fes 2014. You have to check out the ortofon TA-Q7. Awesome use of space.....

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Sechs Monate nach dem Wechsel von Nikon DSLR zu Fuji Systemkamera | Jörg Langer

Sechs Monate nach dem Wechsel von Nikon DSLR zu Fuji Systemkamera | Jörg Langer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Ob es nun genau sechs Monate her ist kann ich Euch gar nicht sagen, es war auf jeden Fall Anfang 2014, dass ich den schon lange angepeilten Wechsel umgesetzt habe. Mir wurden meine bisherigen Kameras zu schwer und ich wollte leichter werden. (… wer jetzt blöd grinst ist dran!) Was war also passiert zu Beginn des Jahres? Nun, ich nahm meine schweren Nikons, die D800, die D3 und die D3s und habe sie zum Teil verkauft, getauscht oder in den Schrank gelegt und angefangen alle Jobs mit den spiegellosen Systemkameras aus dem Hause Sony und Fuji umzusetzen.......

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Goodbye SLR, Hello LittleViewfinder: The Fujifilm X100s | Shawn Clover

Goodbye SLR, Hello LittleViewfinder: The Fujifilm X100s | Shawn Clover | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Well I’m not exactly getting rid of my SLRs and my army of lenses, but all that gear has been locked away for the past week. A little viewfinder camera has hit the market that scratches me right where I itch. Since the advent of digital cameras, I’ve been waiting and waiting for the killer small camera to hit the scene and that day has finally arrived. While the original Fujifilm X100 was off to a good start, it was plagued with a long list of shortcomings, and these weaknesses have been addressed in the new X100s. This baby is hands-down the best camera around for its size. I’m talking to you, Leica. The X100s is modeled after the beautiful classic 1954 Leica M3 rangefinder and does a great job recreating the retro look. She’s packed with many of the same classic dials and switches of yesteryear, but upon closer inspection, not everything what it appears. For one, the timer lever is really just a toggle to switch between optical and digital viewfinder while the timer functions are handled via digital display. But other controls like the shutter and aperture dials remain true to their functional origins, completing that nice analog feel. But despite the deceiving looks, the X100s really is an honest-to-goodness rangefinder thanks to the digital rangefinder focus option........

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Fuji TCL-X100 A new perspective for your Fuji x100s | Faby and Carlo

Fuji TCL-X100 A new perspective for your Fuji x100s | Faby and Carlo | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Fuji TCL-X100 is the new teleconverter for x100s (and x100 as well). It simply converts your x100s from a 35mm to a 50mm camera. I had read quite few reviews before deciding to buy one, in the end I love the documentary feeling of the 35mm. What triggered me to do it was flexibility. With the Fuji TCL-X100, you have one of the best cameras in two different versions.As you may already know, our reviews are never pixel perfect. I don’t know how much the Fuji TCL-X100 weights, or how big it is. And for what matters, I am not going to find out. What you will find out today is going to be how I felt with my Fuji x100s and the Fuji TCL-X100 on top of it, what I loved, what I disliked and the general outcomes of my first hours with it. Please remember that the x100s is my main camera. Currently I photograph 100% of my subject with it......

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Along The Cowboy Trail with the X-T1 | Olaf Sztaba

Along The Cowboy Trail with the X-T1 | Olaf Sztaba | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Despite visiting the Canadian Rockies on several occasions, we have never had a chance to drive south along the Cowboy Trail, highway #22. This time, however, we took this scenic drive and what a photographic treat it was! Driving south in the foothills, on our right the giant peaks of the Canadian Rockies rise from the plains. Beautiful clumps of trees and rolling grassy hills mixed with farmland create a spectacular sight.

Gear Notes: As usual we were equipped with the Fuji X-T1, the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 56mm F1.2 and Fuji X100S. It was enough to cover 99% of our needs. The X-T1’s viewfinder made a huge difference offering a wide clear view. Even when you are in such an extraordinary location, one should avoid “snapping fever” and focus on composition and light. It is much better to take just a few images, working hard on them before you press the shutter button..........

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Blurring the Lines - Twisting with the X-T1 | Simon Weir

Blurring the Lines - Twisting with the X-T1 | Simon Weir | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Dance is one of the most brilliant and yet most difficult things to photograph well.  It involves split second timing, precise technique and a deep understanding of your subject. So sometimes it is much better to throw away all the rules and try something completely new...! That is exactly what I did last month when I photographed dancers from Jive Nation at the Marylebone Summer Fayre in London.  Right from the start I knew that I wasn't going to be satisfied with conventional "sharp" images - there were too many dancers in too small a space so it was impossible to isolate a subject. Instead I used a slow shutter speed technique of dragging the shutter by twisting the camera about the lens axis during the exposure.  I first saw this demonstrated by Zack Arias at a GPP workshop last year and have been waiting for a good subject to try it out......

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The Fuji X-Series and a trip to Cornwall | Paul Melling

The Fuji X-Series and a trip to Cornwall | Paul Melling | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

We have just got back from a week away in St Ives. It’s one of my favourite places to visit in the UK and when you get the weather it’s just about perfect. St Ives is blessed with some fantastic beaches, which essentially surround the small fishing town. The harbour area is the bustling focal point of St Ives with its shops, restaurants, cafés and traditional old pub – The Sloop Inn. The tables outside the pub face the harbour and it’s a great spot for people watching. On elf the first things I do when I arrive in St Ives is order a pint of Doombar, sit back and just relax. The atmosphere is unique. Local fishermen mix with tourists and conversations play out against a background soundtrack of waves gently lapping on the shore and the shrill sound of seagulls. The only sound more shrill than the gulls is the screams of newbie tourists losing their newly purchased ice-creams and pasties to the swooping airborne aggressors. Here are a few photos from this year’s visit.  The pictures here were taken on the Fuji X-Pro1with mainly the new 10-24mm f4 and the X-E1 with the 55-200mm attached. The reason for the two bodies was that it enabled me to cover a wide range of shots without changing lenses in what can be a fairly dusty environment with all that sand swirling around.........

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Samyang 2.0/12 CS (Fuji X) ... | Carsten Schouler

Samyang 2.0/12 CS (Fuji X) ... | Carsten Schouler | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Wie kürzlich hier bereits berichtet, habe ich nun – so hoffe ich – meine Weitwinkellösung für das Fuji-X-System gefunden. Was folgt, sind ein paar Artikel in einer Art “rolling test” zum neuen Samyang. In Teil 1 beschreibe ich das Objektiv und gehe auf Verarbeitung und Haptik ein. Ein 12mm-Objektiv mit einer Lichtstärke von f/2.0 muss man lange suchen. Es zeichnet als APS-Objektiv den Bildwinkel auf, den ein 18mm-Objektiv am Kleinbild-Format beleuchten würde. Die Blende f/2.0 ist – was die Lichtstärke betrifft – eine echte Blende f/2, was das Freistellungspotential angeht, wirkt es, als würde man mit einem 2.8/18 auf Kleinbild fotografieren. Das ist schon beeindruckend.........

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Mirrorless Photography will be the Future | Bryan Caporicci

Mirrorless Photography will be the Future | Bryan Caporicci | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it