This is another great camera from Fujifilm, worthy of the X-Series badge. The perfect price-point to compete with cameras such as the NEX-7 and OM-D. Buy the NEX-7 if you want the advantages of a larger sensor, buy the OM-D for their great primes, buy the X-E1 if you want both of these in one system! For me it’s not just the beautiful body that draws me to the Fujifilm X-Series cameras, it’s the whole package that make this the best mirrorless system around. Fujifilm have shown their genuine enthusiasm for photography, it is reflected in their cameras. One of the things you can always be assured of when buying a Fujifilm X-camera is that they are committed to continuing to develop the camera even after they have released it and you’ll benefit from firmware updates that will keep on improving that already great camera well into the future. You won’t be sold out with a replacement model 6 or 9 months down the line, leaving you with a worthless camera that the manufacturer considers obsolete. If you love your X100 but want an interchangeable version then this is the camera for you, you’ll feel right at home with it straight away. If you’re looking for a second body to the X-Pro1 this is also the perfect companion, with a few of advantages over the X-Pro1 that you might just find useful.
So after playing with this for weeks, I believe this is probably the maximum that we can get out of the Fuji RAF files until the other developers come up with better understanding of the unique X-Trans CMOS sensor. Now this is still not the most ideal workflow for most people. Pixel Peeping aside, the Fuji X files are fantastic, even in Adobe Lightroom. My goal in this was to get a better understanding of what is going on. I wish I knew how to program, because I'd love to create a simpler way to do this. If there's anyone out there that is interested in taking what I've done and turning into a nice little drag and drop application, I think you'd get a lot of fans.
The Process 1. Using command line DCRAW: dcraw -a -H 0 -o 4 -q 2 -f -m 15 -g 2.4 12.9 -6 -T 2. Convert TIFF file to LAB file in Photoshop 3. Resize image 200% with Bicubic Smoother 4, Select Lightness Channel under channel panel. 5. Select Median filter under Noise in Filter. Select 1 pixel 6. Resize image 50% with Bicubic Sharper (Nearest Neighbour is actually a more subtle effect which I kind of prefer) 7. Save.
SilkyPix and RPP both process very similar files and although I know for certain that RPP uses DCRAW, SilkyPix I believe is a proprietary RAW engine. What I do speculate is the chroma smearing is a result of interpolation errors. Much of it can be suppressed with chroma noise reduction without loss of image quality. However one of the big nagging issues was this 'zipper' aliasing that was happening. After analyzing the files, it seems specifically the red sub-pixels are causing much of this zipper effect, but also part of the interpolation issues. I was able to get rid of a good portion of the chroma smearing by doing 3x3 multi-pass median filtering through DCRAW.....
Fuji has been on fire with its mirrorless cameras. Starting with the ground-breaking X100, and carrying through to the unique X-Pro1, Fuji has been pushing the bar in compact, rangefinder-style devices. Now, with the release of the X-E1, the company is aiming to bring their line to a broader, more main-stream audience. I recently had a chance to spend a couple of days with a production-level sample. Much The Same But So Very Different. On its face, the X-E1 is the X-Pro1 without the hybrid viewfinder. But the reality is more complicated than that. The X-Pro1 is the recent pinnacle of ‘look ma – no hands!’ technological achievement. In it, Fuji managed to integrate multi-point autofocus and a variable magnification optical viewfinder into a rangefinder-style camera with interchangeable lenses. To cap it off, they slipped in the best APS-C sensor in the business. All was goodness and light, right? Well, mostly. As I noted in my comprehensive review here in March, the X-Pro1 is an amazing camera, but at a not-insubstantial price and at a size pushing the limits of “rangefinder style”. For some users it is the ultimate solution. But for the masses interested in a more economical solution, with more flexibility of use, the X-Pro1 might have been more camera than they needed or wanted. So enter the X-E1. The X-E1 is basically the same camera as the X-Pro1, but with only an EVF. The optical window is gone. With it too is gone a surprisingly amount of bulk. The X-E1 is much closer in size and girth to the X100. While on paper, and even to the eye, the differences are not that large, the effect in the hand is noticeable. To me, the X-E1 is just the right size. Anyone who tried the X-Pro1 and found it a bit too big will be very happy now. So that’s it, right? Same functions, same controls, same sensor, just smaller and cheaper. Yes…but….. While that might capture the physical differences, conceptually, the X-E1 seems like something much different than its close relatives. Despite its undeniably range-finder style form-factor, this is in truth a mirrorless system camera. And that’s not a bad thing. But it is a seminal difference....
Kaum ein Jahr nach der Einführung der X-Pro1 schiebt Fujifilm ein zweites Modell nach. Ob es sich dabei um die «kleine Schwester» oder um die grösste Rivalin handelt, zeigt unser Test.
Die Fujifilm X-Pro1 gehört zu den am meisten beachteten Kameras des Jahres. Äusserlich auf Retro getrimmt, deklassiert der neu entwickelte X-Trans-Sensor die APS-C-Konkurrenz: eine hervorragende Schärfe, eine gefällige, «analoge» Farbwiedergabe und die Möglichkeit, die Fuji-Filme der vergangenen Tage zu simulieren, machten diese Kamera für zahlreiche Fotografen zum Objekt der Begierde. Mit der neuen X-E1 rundet Fujifilm das Sortiment scheinbar nach unten ab. Sie kommt ohne den aufwendigen, hybriden Sucher der X-Pro1, was sie sie nicht nur leichter, sondern auch deutlich günstiger macht. Hingegen wurde sie mit genau demselben X-Trans-Sensor ausgestattet, der auch in der X-Pro1 1 seine Arbeit verrichtet. Die Bildqualität der beiden Kameras ist also exakt dieselbe, und wenn Sie nach Beispielen Ausschau halten, verweisen wir auf unseren ausführlichen Test zur X-Pro1. Apropos: Obwohl es sich hier um einen Test und nicht um einen Vergleich handelt, lässt sich die eine oder andere Gegenüberstellung mit der X-Pro1 nicht vermeiden. Am Schluss werden wir ausserdem darauf zu sprechen kommen, welche Kamera sich für welche Zielgruppe anbietet....
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