I’ve been reading quite a bit about processing Fujifilm’s X-Trans files, both RAW and JPEG, this past couple of days. Fuji files are slightly different than most other camera makers in that they do not use a Bayer array on their sensors. For those editing files in Lightroom and other image editing tools, there’s a slight drop in quality. The latest Lightroom build, v.6.3, has addressed some of the issues but the images continue to be a little soft.
If you’re interested in getting a little more out of your Fuji files, take a look at two blogs UK landscape photographer Pete Bridgwood has produced. Here’s the links:
The first looks at post-edit sharpening -> http://petebridgwood.com/wp/2014/10/x-trans-sharpening/#more-1432
The second is a video looking at new Lightroom 6.1 and Fuji X-Trans files -> http://petebridgwood.com/wp/2015/06/lightroom-6-1-and-fuji-x-trans/
One of the things Fuji’s sensor array does improve is the quality of JPEG’s. The Fuji JPEG’s are highly regarded by photographers – see Pete Bridgwood’s comments in his video tutorial. To prove the point, here’s a JPEG image that I spent all of five minutes with. I could have posted it without any software tweaks but I wanted to boost the colour saturation, sharpen a tad and to crop. I think you’ll agree that it’s very difficult to tell the difference between a RAW file and JPEG! Indeed, it’s also my Something for the Weekend post.
Image © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak 2016