Fuji RAW: Adobe's Lightroom vs. Phaseone's Capture One

May 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A long time user of Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom®, since completing my transition to the Fujifilm® X series camera system, I have not been completely satisfied with ALR's (or ACR) handling of Fuji RAW files. The Silkypix RAW converter is too slow and cumbersome, so I have been trying alternative RAW converters, while limited to my Windows® world. My latest trial has been with PhaseOne's Capture One Pro 9®. After downloading the 30-day trial and watching a few instructional videos, I grabbed my Fuji X-T1 with the XF 16-55 attached and headed out to my backyard which is richly supplied with my wife's flowers and South Texas vegetation. With thunderstorms moving in, I had a mixture of lighting conditions at task.

With some fresh RAW files, I fired up Lightroom and Capture One Pro and imported some selects. Since acquiring my Fuji gear, I rarely pixel peep, but with the new software, I found myself monkeying around at 100% while switching between ALR and CP1. Now, the files looked fine in ALR, BUT, there were significant differences noticed in the files in CP1. Seemingly better detail, colors, contrast, etc. I decided to use each program to export a series of 10 images to JPEG as close in size as possible. Other than apply the "Provia/Standard" under Camera Calibration in Lightroom, I made NO changes to the Fuji RAW files. I did not touch any sliders in either program and exported from both with the setting of 4722 pixels on the long side (because that was the default in CP1 and I haven't yet figured out how to change it) with DPI at 300.

Changes were made to the file names with "ALR" and "CP1" used to designate the RAW converter. So you can see and compare for yourself, I uploaded the 20 comparison images to a gallery where you can view and download the JPEGs. Please respect my copyright and use them only for your personal use. Here are two teaser images, with the Lightroom rendered file on top.

I can't say I'm ready to jump ship and pony up for the Capture One Pro 9, but I'll explore more, time permitting, with my 29 remaining trial days!

Here is the link to the gallery with all 20 images: http://www.promediaimages.com/p293483243


Capturing Droplets with Fuji X-T1

April 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The rain ending, I was bored and looked outside to see the rain gutter dripping. I decided to do some “high speed” photography and grabbed my Fuji X-T1 with the XF 50-140. I set my camera:

  • Shutter 1/8000 (mechanical)
  • Aperture 2.8
  • Zoom racked out to 140mm
  • Automatic white balance
  • Stovia simulation
  • JPEG fine/square
  • Color, sharpness, shadow and high light tone all “0”
  • Single point autofocus
  • Continuous focus
  • Continuous frame rate high (CH)
  • High Performance mode ON

The only variable was ISO. I tripped the shutter, this image being one result.

A few more images can be seen in this gallery: http://goo.gl/sbU1Hd

The first four were shot at ISO 200 with neighbors house as backdrop. I changed position for the last five at ISO 800 with trees providing the background.

Fuji = Action

April 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard or read "you can't shoot sports with a Fuji [insert camera model]", I would have enough to buy the X-Pro2. You can shoot sports and action with many cameras. My choice is Fuji for weight savings, operation, reliability, image quality and those lenses. With my X100S (often with the TCL-X100 attached) and my more recently acquired X-T1 coupled to the XF 50-140, I have met ALL my sports assignments. In the rain, on smoke-filled football fields, vaguely lit gymnasiums, stadiums with lights ranging from okay to gruesome and ever changing day light. No NFL, MLS, NBA, MLB or collegiate activities, just small town Texas local school sports, where Friday night football reigns supreme. Big apertures, fast shutter speeds and high ISO are the usual mainstays. Dragging the shutter sometimes works. Flash is a no-no and polite manners will usually afford the best access.

This is not a camera review. No show stopping images. Just evidence of what the Fujifilm cameras can provide.

More images can be viewed in this gallery: http://www.promediaimages.com/p309322731

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