Firmware & Software

My Workflow for X-Trans RAW Processing | vk.photo

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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Firmware V3.1 for X-Pro1 | Fujifilm Global

The firmware update Ver.3.10 from Ver.3.01 incorporates the following issues

Regarding operations of items below from 2 through 6, refer to “X-Pro1 New Features Guide” in this website. X-Pro1 New Features Guide (PDF: 345KB)

  1. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF
    The cover range of the bright frame displaying the shooting area in the optical viewfinder has been improved so that a field of view closer to the actual image can be checked. By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.* When use AE-L/AF-L button with the setting of “AF LOCK ONLY” or “AE/AF LOCK” in AE/AF-LOCK BUTTON in SHOOTING MENU.
  2. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram
    The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.
  3. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected
    The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.
  4. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected
    When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.
  5. New functionality allowing you to edit image file names
    An image file name (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your file name of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organizing the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups. * It can be changed to a 4-letter file name when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter file name when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.
  6. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting
    When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.
  7. Improvement of RAW file conversion function
    When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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X100S vs. 23mm ƒ/1.4 | Fuji vs. Fuji

This comparison is between the Fuji X100S, which is a fixed 23mm ƒ/2 lens, and the newly released FUJINON XF 23mm ƒ/1.4.

Test specs
All images aside from the light spheres were made using a tripod, and mechanical shutter release. They are Fine quality JPEGs shot at ISO 200, straight from camera. Dynamic Range set to 100. Film Simulation is Provia. White Balance set manually to 5000K. All other settings were set to default.

Sharpness and Bokeh
First up, an outdoor close-focus sharpness and bokeh comparison. The items of interest here how the X100S’s ƒ/2 lens stacks up against the 23/1.4 at ƒ/2, and how much of a difference ƒ/1.4 on the 23mm makes in out of focus rendering. I’ve chosen a rather bland subject matter, but I hope it illustrates the characteristics of the bokeh of each lens in a situation that pushes the dynamic range to the limit…..

See on www.fujivsfuji.com

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Adobe releases final versions of Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 |
Digital Photography Review


 
Adobe has announced the final versions of Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.3, along with Lightroom 5.3. Different versions for ACR 8.3 are available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 – both from Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms in the software. DNG Converter is available for free for users of older versions of Photoshop. The latest versions brings support for 20 cameras, including the Nikon Df and Nokia Lumia 1020 that weren’t in the release candidate versions.

The latest version becomes the first to offer camera color profiles for Olympus cameras.
 
Press statement:
Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i

 

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.3

The following new cameras are now supported:
 

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

See on www.dpreview.com

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Further firmware upgrade 05.12.2013 available for Fujifilm’s
flagship X-Pro1 camera | Fujifilm Global

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will be releasing another new firmware upgrade for its flagship Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera on November 28th which will offer users enhancements to operability and functionality. This latest firmware upgrade is being released in response to customer demand and will offer X-Pro1 users the chance to update their model to incorporate functionality available on the most recent X series cameras launched in October 2013. The X-Pro1 is set to continue as the company’s flagship X series model, and Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on this product as up to date as possible so that purchasers of the X-Pro1 will have greater longevity of use.

[Release date of the new firmware]
5th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00/JST 14:00

[Firmware version]
FUJIFILM X-Pro1: Ver. 3.10

[Main contents of the firmware update]

  1. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF
    The cover range of the bright frame displaying the shooting area in the optical viewfinder has been improved so that a field of view closer to the actual image can be checked. By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.
  2. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram
    The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.
  3. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected
    The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.
  4. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected
    When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.
  5. New fuctionality allowing you to edit image filenames
    An image filename (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your filename of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups. * It can be changed to a 4-letter filename when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter filename when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.
  6. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting
    When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.
  7. Improvement of RAW file conversion function
    When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

Details on improvements 2, 3, 4 and 5 are available in the operation manual on the support page below.

Please visit the following URL for details on other changes.

[Firmware download]
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/

* This firmware is exclusive to the FUJIFILM X-Pro1.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 CC Release Candidate | Adobe Labs

The following new Features have been added in Camera Raw 8.3 for CC:

  • Whites and Blacks now support Auto Levels-like functionality via shift-double-click on the sliders.
  • Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint feature. Shift-double-click to invoke “auto temperature” and “auto tint” separately.
  • Ability to option-click shortcut in Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. Option-click a checkbox to check that box exclusively. Option-click again to toggle previous checkbox state.
  • Set the background color of the work area. Context-click outside the image in the work area to select a background color from a popup menu.


New Camera Support

The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (*)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1 (*)
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10 (*)

* Denotes preliminary support

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5.3 release candidate
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5-3/

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 RC for CS6

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw8-3/

See on labs.adobe.com

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Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

If you’re an owner of one of Fuji’s X-Trans cameras and you use Lightroom, you are either perfectly happy with the way the software handles the raw files or mildly frustrated at the way the Lightroom doesn’t seem to quite achieve the full potential of the X-Trans sensor. Unfortunately this has become a charged issue for some people, which is unfortunate, because I think that has prevented this issue form being properly resolved. I’m not trying to be controversial here, I’m just trying to help people. So if you don’t have an issue, then great, you can stop reading now! On the other hand, if you are a bit frustrated then I share your pain, and hopefully this will help. There’s something odd about how Lightroom processes X-Trans files. Despite a previous fix for the issue of smearing it still exists, and while it is not too bad at default settings, the files are a little soft, and the patterning becomes very apparent when you sharpen the files. There is also some weird thing going on where high contrast edges have a halo around them almost like it was embossed. I think this is what is causing the weird pattern like smearing when you turn up the sharpening. The other odd thing that I’ve found is that if you turn the sharpening off in Lightroom all together, the images look much softer than they do in other software when you do the same thing and turn sharpening off. It’s not just an over all Lightroom thing either though, as raw files from other manufacturers don’t show as big a difference when sharpening is disabled…..

See on blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com

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X-Pro1 – Replichrome Kodak B&W Film by Totally Rad | IK Photography

I have never processed a single roll of film, never. My last attempt at film, the snaps I shot on a roll is still stuck in the camera and have been for a while, I have no intention of doing jack with it, if I recall the film stock is Tri-X. I do however like the look of film as an artistic effect on digital images, simulating the look of old film stock using Plug-Ins such as AlienSkin can be a lot of fun. Every once in a while if the mood or image permits, I burn these looks to my photos. I have been an AlienSkin user for a while, it does what it does and quite well for that matter at least to my eyes and in comparison to other Plug-Ins out there such as VSCO which for some reason or another I never used, perhaps it is just the fact that I felt like in many cases I could achieve the same look with AlienSkin so I never bothered trying it, not to mention I don’t use these Plug-Ins that much to justify splurging on every Film Simulation Plug-In that touts being the closet to the real thing, like I said I use AlienSkin for the look I get not to actually replicate film stock exactly – in my opinion there is no such thing, sure these Plug-Ins are good or fantastic for getting close and that’s enough for me. Haven’t never shot film as already stated, who am I to say which or what is what in terms of how close to actual film? Just have fun with whichever you choose to use …..

See on www.ikphotography.com

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PhotoNinja für den X-trans Sensor | Mehrdad Abedi

PhotoNinja ist der erste externe RAW Konverter, der mir wirklich richtig gut gefällt. Ich habe es die letzten Tage vor allem in Bezug auf Details und z.T. auch Farben hin getestet. Das mit den Profilen will ich mir bei Zeiten auch genauer anschauen. Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt ist PhotoNinja der erste RAW Konverter, der es mir Wert scheint, Adobes Camera Raw Konverter links liegen zu lassen und, dank der guten Integration in Lightroom, dennoch nicht meinen Workflow ändert. Allerdings kann ich verstehen, wenn man die Mehrkosten scheut, die sich zwangsläufig nach 14 Tagen bei weiterem Nutzungswunsch ergeben. Es ist natürlich kein Muss diesen RAW Konverter zu erwerben, aber aus Sicht eines x-trans Nutzers ist PhotoNinja eine logische Konsequenz. Ich kam mir die Tage immer wieder vor, als würde ich eine lange Zeit ungeputzte Brille endlich mal wieder reinigen, nur um erstaunt festzustellen, wie klar ich doch eigentlich sehen kann. Wir dürfen gespannt bleiben, ob Adobe hier sehr genau hinschaut und von dem picturecode Team lernt. Ein ganz dickes Dankeschön an die Entwickler von PhotoNinja!

Google Translater: (Ger -> Eng)
http://bit.ly/1be0uHa

See on www.qimago.de

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Photo Ninja 1.2.0 with X-Trans support | vk.photo

PictureCode just released version 1.2.0 of their very popular professional-grade raw converter Photo Ninja. This update comes with initial support for Fuji X-Trans cameras (X-Pro1, X-E1, X-100S, X-M1, X20). Note that highlight recovery, in particular, is not yet implemented for the X-Trans. Full change log is here. ….

My first impression (very subjective) is very good. Photo Ninja delivers nice colours and excellent details. Interface is easy to understand, plenty of controls and it runs really fast. I will do more testing over the weekend.

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