FUJI X-PRO 1 Raw file conversion using Raw Photo Processor

I'd like to thank Lee Davis for providing this information.

This link to the Fuji-X Forum

These comparisons posted on flickr:-

As you can clearly see, processing raw files from the X-Pro 1 in Raw Photo Processor 64 is much better at reproducing the fine detail that gets lost in Adobe Camera Raw. I've tried this myself and it does in fact work very well.

However you should be aware that Raw Photo Processor 64 is dcraw based software and takes a while to get used to. I also found that it does increase the amount of work needed to process files, and I personally find it very difficult to get the colour right. The beta version that supports the X-Pro 1 is also Mac only.

This does of course beg the question that if RPP can make decent conversions with no smearing of detail then why can't Fuji or Adobe? In the Thom Hogan article I posted yesterday there is this about the Fuji sensor array:- 

"The advantage of that arrangement is moire suppression, lower luminance noise, and slightly better resolution. The disadvantage is a difficult demosaic (requires more processing) that is more prone to color noise and smearing. The smearing comes because there are areas with no truly adjacent color information in the sensor pattern—the demosaic routine has to extend out to more pixels to find missing color information for any individual location. If you're interested in the problem, Sandy McGuffog's blog at Chromasoft has a three-part article on the complexity of demosaicing the X-Trans sensor well."

However there is an answer to this with RPP, and with some work it is possible to see just what the X-Pro 1 is capable of. I was able to get some really crisp detail from these shots below and adding sharpening did what its supposed to and not just turn fine detail into mush. See below.

We can of course live in hope that we get an improved version of the ACR support, but this is just another example of how certain companies release products when they are not really finished. I wrote this in a previous post.

"I just want to be a photographer.
I DON'T want to be:- A Beta tester for companies who can't get their cameras and software right in the first place."

And no, I really DON'T want to be writing these endless pieces about the Fuji X-Pro 1 flaws and having to constantly wait until they get the software that shows its capabilities right. Plus I'm fed up with having to come up with complicated workarounds. Why on earth should we have to do this? And why for heavens sake, do companies want to release their products without them being able to perform at their optimum level? Do they think we don't notice, or don't care? Well we do and we also remember this. 

The next time Fuji release some "wonder camera" I will be much less inclined to read anything they say about it without treating that with extreme skepticism. They do themselves no favours by doing this and they can plant as many fanboys on the forums as they like, but it still won't help. If Fuji could have been bothered to do this right, and taken the time to really think about what was required with the X-Pro 1, then they could have produced a truly sensational camera. It seems pretty obvious who calls the shots in these companies and it isn't the tech. guys, the inventors and the innovators. Maybe if these marketing corporate suits took the trouble to connect with the real world occasionally this wouldn't happen, but then I've not seen any flying pigs lately.

To be honest this RPP workaround makes me more inclined to sell the X-Pro 1 than keep it. Particularly as I'm currently doing some tests that may provide a much less problematic alternative.  

Stay tuned.

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