C&C - Getting started with X-E2, Raw and Capture One

Started Feb 12, 2014 | Photos thread
57even Forum Pro • Posts: 12,015
Re: Lightroom is perfectly fine.

deednets wrote:

57even wrote:

tedandtricia wrote:

I'm an about to be new Fuji owner. I recall Adobe was not supporting raw conversions of Fuji files particularly well for a while. Is that still the case? Is Lightroom an processing option at this point for Fuji files, or do I need to get Capture One? What about using Capture One to convert raw to a TIFF and then working with the file in Lightroom?

Lightroom works fine. It has decent (if neutral) colour by default by it's easy to change. It has excellent highlight recovery, little colour bleed and the least moire of all options.

C1 and all the rest produce weird colours and other artifacts that people seem blind to but don't work for me at all.

It's main issue is sharpening of Fuji RAWs. It works fine on hard edges but the base threshold does not work as well on low contrast areas such as foliage. The simple solution is NOT to sharpen in LR but to buy a decent plug-in that uses deconvolution sharpening instead of USM, especially if it can be applied by brush or masking instead of universally.

Focal Blade and OnOne's Perfect Suite work as LR post editors (do your LR conversion first then open in either to finish off).

I am a LR user from the days when the Danish version was called Rawshooter Essentials and have been using LR alongside Capture One for the last 5 years. Have used Photo Ninja and Silky Pix, found the results totally acceptable, but didn't like the interface. But weird colours?? Couldn't say that I noticed in neitehr PN or Silky - or C1 for that matter.

I would be interested as to where you get this "C1 and the rest produce weird colours and other artifacts" from?? Can you supply some examples?

Here are a couple of rather neutral images, taken for some silly online ads, rather than biffing the thing. Where would LR in your opinion be 1. better and 2. have less weird colours and other artifacts?

Regarding the sharpening, I am at a loss as to what you are talking about.

Happy to provide the RAM files to show me - and maybe others - the difference you get using LR!


I tested C1 for the whole of the trial period on several hunded Xpro1 files. I used C1 exclusively a few years ago, so I know the interface fine, it worked very well for my Pentax files.

It produced a lot of nice looking images, but the default colours it produced, while superficially pleasing, were not accurate. I compared them directly with test scenes and a colour chart and LR was closer. You can do the same yourself.

Colour bleed issues (which were cured in the second version of LR) were also present, and moire was an issue as well. I gave up on it.

But hey, if you are happy with it, fine. It works great but it just isn't that much better and I have no intention of recataloguing all my RAW files.

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