Is it me or do all fuji xtrans photos look a little soft?

Started Feb 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
MatW Senior Member • Posts: 1,470
Depends on the RAW converter

narddogg81 wrote:

i really, really want to get one of the new fuji x-t1s to server as a lightweight companion system to my big bulky nikon full frame stuff. it seems to be the camera ive been waiting for, awesome EVF, manual controls, sizable sensor, good lens lineup available, awesome build quality, etc, etc.. but every single sample image i find from the x-t1 or the x-e2 look somewhat soft to me in the infocus areas, which is a bit surprising to me since they dont have the AA filter. Am i just imagining that my FF is producing sharper shots with an AA filter than the fujis are without? is it just a matter of imature demosaicing on the xtrans pattern? Or am i just spoiled by FF?

It depends a lot on the RAW converter used. For example, Lightroom's default output with X-Trans files looks rather soft if you are used to Bayer sensors with weak or no AA-filter. However, other RAW converters like for example Photo Ninja or Iridient Developer deliver much sharper looking default output (without sharpening artifacts) which is what you would expect given that there is no AA filter on the Fujis.

Hopefully Adobe will eventually improve the X-Trans output further. Meanwhile, increasing sharpening in LR helps somewhat.

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