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

Started Feb 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Randy Benter
Randy Benter Veteran Member • Posts: 3,196
Re: Is it me or do all fuji xtrans photos look a little soft?

It depends on how the X-Trans image is processed. OOC JPEGs can look a bit soft and Adobe output can look very soft. Perhaps you see many soft X-Trans images because Adobe is still the most popular converter. Other converters do a better job of bringing out the fine details. Here is a crop from the same image processed in Photo Ninja and Adobe. I see significantly more detail in the PN image, especially the foliage and the ropes. Some will say that the LR image just needs a bit more sharpening, but I don't think so; the LR sharpening was already cranked up to 112 for this crop. I have also tried NIK sharpening with Adobe files, but it only made a small difference. If anyone thinks they can use Adobe to extract the same level of details as the PN version, then I would love to see it and know what settings were used.

Soft Adobe Output - Click and view at 100%

Detailed PN Output - Click and view at 100%

The raw image was shared by forum member johanPO in a different thread.

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