Firmware & Software

Sharpening and Finishing Fuji X-Trans Files in Photoshop
and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

This is the long awaited final (for now) part of my series on Processing X-Trans files. In my ongoing quest to get the best from Fuji’s raw files, I’ve previously discussed the issue with Lightroom’s processing, some alternative ways of developing raw files using Iridient Developer and Photo Ninja. I’ve also offered some Lightroom sharpening presets that help mitigate the demosaicing issues a bit. Many of the comments I’ve received have been wondering if there’s a way to get close to the output of Iridient Developer or Photo Ninja using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Surprisingly, the answer is almost. I’ve been working on this for a while now and I believe that by combining Lightroom and a little bit of Photoshop you can get close. The advantage of this is that you can get clean and organic looking results without having to learn a new piece of software, and by using the droplet as a plug-in approach I blogged about last week, you don’t even have to leave Lightroom…..
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Lightroom Analytics Plugin | Fernando Gros

Thanks to Piet Van den Eynde for showing me this cool (free) Lightroom pluginwhich helps photographers analyse their photo library. Run the plugin and you can see, in graphical form, the lenses you most commonly use, the cameras you rely on, and some of your most common moves both with in camera controls and Lightroom development settings. Unfortunately, I had trouble getting the plugin to work when analysing my whole library or even some whole year folders within the library. It seemed to stall on requests above 10,000 images. But, I was able to get some interesting results, or at least some confirmation of my habits, when running the plugin on smaller sets of photos…..

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A first look at the Fujifilm Film Simulation modes with
Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 | Mirrorlessons

In 2013 I wrote an in-depth article about post-processing the Fuji X100s colours with Adobe Lightroom and many other software programs. One of the most interesting benefits when working with Fuji X-Trans cameras is their unique colour palette rendering. The colours look different, less digital than any other camera. But to completely enjoy them, you need to rely on the OOC JPGs. If you want to work with the raw files and not lose these colours, you have to find a software that can match them as closely as possible. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw were the last on the list regarding colour accuracy. Personally, I’ve really been looking forward to this update. I always use Lightroom not only because I find it very versatile and fast but also because I have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, so the software is already included. Why spend money on another one? A few days ago, Adobe released a candidate version of the next Camera Raw update. Candidate means that the update is not the final version that will be officially released to the public. It has already been tested but Adobe has made it available to the public for further feedback. This new 8.4 version includes all the film simulation modes (picture profiles) that we can find on Fuji X cameras. They have been developed by Adobe with Fujifilm supervision. The first time I heard about it was during the X-T1 presentation but it was confidential information at the time. Now, it’s finally live…….

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Adobe Camera RAW color profiles now match Fujifilm X’s! |
Lars Øivind Authen

There’s been a lot of talk about the Fuji X cameras JPEG engine and the nice colors you get straight out of the camera. It’s hard to recreate these colors when processing the raw files yourself. So a lot of people say they prefer the out of camera JPEG’s and don’t use raw. Especially there’s been criticism and complaints about the Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Camera raw engine.  Well it seems like Fujifilm and Adobe has gotten their act together and come up with a solution , at least when it comes to the getting the right colors, and recreating in Lightroom/ACR the look the camera make for its JPEGS. Take a look at these shots below. They are JPEG created in Adobe Camera Raw using the Astia camera profile, and then the same picture as JPEG straight out of the camera with the Astia profile chosen in-cam…….

You can download the latest release candidate of ACR from here:

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A Very Brief Review of the Fujinon XF 35mm 1.4 lens | Colin Nicholls

I’m just going to focus on the lens for this review, so the same goes if you have this on a XPro 1, XE1, XM1 or any other X camera, either way this lens is awesome, just incredible. As with the other reviews I’m gonna go mostly images on this one with a brief bit about why you should get this lens and just how awesome it is. It is sharp, damn sharp even at 1.4 and for the price it is a steal, sure its more expensive than your standard 50mm prime but its in whole other league, this is what you need if you have an X series system, if you gave me one camera and one lens to shoot a whole wedding I would do it on this, well I have done it on this albeit as a second shooting but I would be more than comfortable rocking this and only this for any wedding…..


Peoples main love of this lens comes from its outstanding sharpness, I’m not going to make tests and charts, but show two examples of just how good it is, even wide open, which is how I shoot this lens most of the time. You can click the images to get a full screen view, with the crop the images start to soften up and grain becomes a bit more noticeable, but it really doesn’t matter, you shouldn’t have to crop this aggressively anyways, but if you ever need to the option is there. I do like a nice sharp lens, for me an images that are as crisp as the ones this lens produces are the kind that I want to create for my clients……

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New firmware updates for several X series cameras and
Fujinon zoom lenses | Fujifilm Global


Firmware updates allow compatibility with the new XF56mm lens, and also improvements to OIS functions.

Fujifil pleased to announce that new firmware updates are now available for the following products:

  1. X-Pro1 : 3.20 (current 3.10)
  2. X-E1 : 2.20 (current 2.10)
  3. X-E2 : 1.20 (current 1.10)
  4. X-M1 : 1.10 (current 1.01)
  5. X-A1 : 1.10 (current 1.01)
  6. XC16-50mm : 1.12 (current 1.10)
  7. XF18-55mm : 3.11 (current 3.10)
  8. XF55-200mm : 1.11 (current 1.10)

The updates for the camera models incorporate the following changes:

  1. Addition of compatibility with XF56mmF1.2R.
  2. Improvement of AE accuracy with XF56mmF1.2R
  3. Improvement of AF accuracy with XF56mmF1.2R (only for X-E2)

For the lenses, the following changes are applied:

  1. Improvement of OIS function for movie shooting when panning and tilting a camera.
  2. Improvement of OIS function for still image shooting.
  3. Fixed a bug where the maximum aperture always displays F5.6. (only for XC16-50mm. )
  4. Improvement of AF response during continuous shooting with X-E2 and X-T1. (for XF18-55mm and XF55-200mm)

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Updated X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom |
Thomas Fitzgerald

A while ago I posted some sharpening presets for sharpening images taken with one of Fujifilm’s X Series of cameras in Lightroom. I was attempting to find a way to minimise some of Lightroom’s idiosyncrasies when it comes to X-Trans processing. They were well received and people seemed to like them. Since then I’ve kept working on it and I’ve been continuing my quest to get the best out of X-Trans files. While I’ve been focusing on using third party applications in recent blog posts, I’ve still been working behind the scenes on best practices if you’re just using Lightroom……

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Processing Fujifilm x-trans raw files in Aperture |
Thomas Fitzgerald

This it the latest instalment in my ongoing series looking at how various raw converters handle raw files shot on one of Fuji’s cameras with an X-Trans sensor. In the past I’ve written a good bit about using Iridient Developer and Lightroom for Processing, but a reader asked if there was a workflow for getting good results with just Aperture. I’ve been working on it over the last few weeks, and here’s the results of my experimentation. Overall, Aperture does a good job with X-Trans files in my opinion. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Iridient Developer, which of all the raw converters that I’ve tried, still gives the most natural and clean looking files. (I’m still testing Photo Ninja by the way). Aperture is a close second, or third mind you. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with settings to see just how close I can get it, and while I still can’t match the clean and sharp output of Iridient Developer, I can get it pretty near……

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My Workflow for X-Trans RAW Processing |

I was using Lightroom since its first iteration and it worked well with all my cameras and files. Until I acquired Fujifilm X-Pro1. I quickly realized that ACR demosaicing (Lightroom’s raw de-coding engine, same as in CS/Photoshop) is not the best choice for x-trans raw files. There are much better raw converters on the market, but Lightroom is still, arguably, the best digital asset management system. I was asking myself, how can I combine the power of LR asset management with the best demosaicing algorithms? After spending hours of testing of various configurations I finally came up with the workflow that works well for me and my x-trans raw files. I am using it for 4 months now and feel comfortable to share with you. I will illustrate my workflow using LR+Iridient Developer integration, albeit the same integration works well with Capture One Express,  Aperture or Photo Ninja. As the matter of fact I have all of them and they all are integrated into the same workflow. Here is my setup and step by step instructions. My workflow always starts and ends in Adobe Lightroom. So why Lightroom? I chose this particular product as my main Digital Asset Management system for many reasons but mostly because the combination of…….

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