I have tried to process X-Pro1 RAW files with Lightroom and have not been very happy with the results. This is especially true with high ISO shots. ISO 1600 is totally okay but I will need ISO 3200 and even 6400 often. With that high values I am getting quite mediocre results.
When shooting JPEGs even ISO 6400 is quite clean of noise. Below is a shot taken with ISO 6400 and I even added some grain by using a VSCO Film preset. And I feel very comfortable with that shot and result. You can see evolution in that shot. I really hope Lightroom’s RAW converter will have same kind of a evolution – from dinosaurs to elephants.
Earlier I stated that X-Pro1 is a great B&W camera. And that is fully true. I have decided now that I will shoot in color with it though. Then I will have the possibility to choose between different post-processing options including the fantastic B&W presets by VSCO Film. But many times I want to have color shots too. Sometimes vibrant ones and sometimes with muted colors.
Another important thing to test more is X-Pro1's RAW files. Especially now that I have faster computer (see the post below) I feel that I should give a possibility for RAWs too. Earlier I have tested them only quite occasionally. I am actually quite exited about RAW shooting now. I have looked through many great shots processed from RAW files in Flickr and those were not having that “smearing” problem.
A photo of my sons at the end of this post because they just had their birthdays and it was Father's Day yesterday:
I’ve gone through my photo archives again. There are actually quite many interesting shots that I’ve neglected in the first round. I’ve tested B&W conversion for many shots using VSCO Film presets in Lightroom. Quite refreshing approach actually! I also processed quite many using VSCO color presets like Fuji 160 C which seems to be my favorite at the moment. It seems to be so that some shots need to be archived to be found again.
One of the first X-Pro1 shots from May. XF 35mm F1.4 R lens.
A stone duck shot at summer cottage. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens.
SP. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens. VSCO Film Fuji Neopan 1600 preset. Love that grain!
I just got a Fotodiox EOS-FX adapter to test my Voigtländer 90mm F3.5 SL II lens with my X-Pro1. I will soon post some photos taken with that combination and I will add some comments on it too.
It was quite a close call last evening. I was so tempted in Sony RX1. But now I’m glad that I cancelled my move. Full frame sensor would be nice of course but I think X-Pro1’s X-Trans sensor (APS-C) is also fantastic one. What we would need though is a good RAW converter for X-Pro1 files. But I can wait it with JPEGs, no problem. RX1 is quite expensive. I wouldn’t have enough money to buy it after selling all my X-Pro1 stuff. And I haven’t even learned to use X-Pro1 properly! There are quite many shots I’ve taken with X-Pro1 which really scream out “Did I really shot that! Really!”. That’s quite a feeling. But there are many bad shots too. Mainly my fault; some of them I can count for the camera too though. I feel that the focusing still is too hunting for the low light situations. And those situations are increasing in number at the moment here in Finland, I can tell you!
So, I have to shoot more with my X-Pro1 and learn. There are some improvements in my focusing tactic as I told in the previous post. I can get more keepers in that way.
I would also like to test my Voigtländer 90mm F3.5 SL II lens with X-Pro1. That lens has Canon EF mount and I’m looking for an adapter for it at the moment. That lens really shined with my 5D Mk II and with X-Pro1 it would be a 135mm focal length. I hope I can find an adapter for it. Maybe a Kipon one.
There are also nice Fujinon XF lenses coming up for the X-Pro1 as well as new lens options from Carl Zeiss. I think those are worth of waiting.
Fuji X-Pro1 with Fujinon XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro.
Fuji X-Pro1 with Fujinon XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro. JPEG converted in B&W in LR4.2.