My X-Pro2 Review

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  1. Adam Bonn

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    Cheers Bobby,

    You’ve got another one of these x-pro image comparisons coming next sunday (already written actually, go me, I’m not always ahead of the game by that amount)

    I’m toying with doing one for the jpeg shooters, and writing up the new fuji “do the sooc jpegs on your computer” software

    By then I’ll have probably thought of something else to write about...

    I need to do the 35 f2 v f1.4 that people keep asking me about (they’re such a PITA to write and someone always whines about what I’ve said on DPR forum... hard to be arsed tbh... can I say arsed? Meh)

    I’m lending my xp2 to a buddy this weekend, and I’ve a paid job on Monday that I want to use it on* so I’m hoping my buddy values our friendship....

    *yup. For all of the x-pro1 magic and the leica m9 charm, when I’m getting paid I like the reliability and usability of the x-pro2 :D
     
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    @Amin Sabet@Amin Sabet

    Absolutely no apology necassary, I can’t begin to imagine the amount of work running this place takes, how many camera brands and users you cater for, and if every now and then something needs a repost then it’s absolutely no drama whatsoever
     
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  3. Adam Bonn

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    This week's article.

    The X-Pro 1 and 2 Images Compared: Part Three. What is it that I'm trying to achieve with this?

    Some of you have had questions and comments about what exactly it is that I'm trying to achieve and why.

    Good questions!

    So here are my answers - I hope you enjoy the read folks

    The X-Pro 1 and 2 Images Compared: Part Three
     
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  4. Bobby Tingle

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    Well done, Adam. I am in total agreement with everything about the last image with the cat.
     
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  5. Adam Bonn

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    Thanks Bobby,

    Away from the kitchy crap I shot just to play with hacking the files and to see what would happen, and in context of actual shots, the benefits of focing my raw software to treat XP2 files as XP1 files is a lot clearer to me
     
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    I enjoyed reading Adam.
     
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  7. Adam Bonn

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    Seeing as I like you guys :)

    Here's the two images from today's post, but hopefully in a (slightly) more viewable form

    So let's start off with the true X-Pro2 image

    XPR28574 - Copy (2).SP8.jpg
    So this is 'real' X-Pro2

    Next up is X-Pro2, but 'hacked' so that SilkyPix thinks it's from an X-Pro1

    XPR28574.SP8.jpg

    I appreciate this is pretty subjective stuff (and the shot isn't going in my portfolio :D)

    But to my eye the "X-Pro1" (sic) shot has a sparkle that the true X-Pro2 shot doesn't

    The salmon cut in half pops out more, the red brick work is a different shade and the pavement under the fish stall looks wet (which it is) rather than dirty (which it is probably is too :D)

    There's tangibly more detail in the dark parts of the cat's fur.

    None of these differences are beyond the wit of s/he who shoots raw and PPs of course, but equally by changing the RAF's EXIF to read "X-Pro1" (instead of X-Pro2) these changes are applied as the RAW software demosaics the RAF.

    The only downside I've found so far, is that I keep forgetting to change the EXIF on the resultant Jpegs back to X-Pro2, which will probably bite me in bum at some stage when I pop an image into a X-Pro2 only group on Flickr or something :D
     
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  8. Bobby Tingle

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    It's nice to know that if you want, or need to shoot with your Pro2, you can still get final images which look like they were shot with the Pro1. Makes me wonder what the results would be tricking the software into thinking a X-T2 file would
     
  9. It’s all too complicated for me. . .
     
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  10. Adam Bonn

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    :D

    The complicated part was to find a tool that makes it easy,

    Overtype "2" with '1', press enter and hit save, you can do multiple files at once

    how to change exif.JPG
     
  11. Adam Bonn

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    "tricking the software into thinking a X-T2 file would"

    would what?

    I wouldn't say that they're exactly the same (after the exif hack) but for me at least, it's a quick way to make edits I'd usually make (warmer and brighter) without having to do anything
     
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    Continuing (and finishing I think) the theme of 'the X-Pro1 "look" from the X-Pro2'

    It would be slightly remiss of me not to try this with the SOOC Jpeg output.

    I'm not much of a SOOC Jpeg shooter, and the tools to change SOOC Jpegs are limited compared to RAW.

    How did I get on?

    The X-Pro 1 and 2 Images Compared: SOOC JPEGS
     
  13. Bobby Tingle

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    Great work on the article as usual.

    Oops. I left off the last word. I was wondering how the X-T2 files would look if the editing software thought they were X-Pro1 files.
     
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  14. Adam Bonn

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    Thanks @Bobby Tingle@Bobby Tingle

    If someone wants to dropbox/etc me a XT2 raf I’m more than happy to tweak the exif data and send it back

    My LR 6 (non CC version) won’t open them though
     
  15. mikEm13

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    Thanks Adam as always I enjoyed the article.
     
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  16. Adam Bonn

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    Thank you Mike
     
  17. Adam Bonn

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    For this week's article, I'm using Fujifilm X Raw Studio!

    Doing all of that Jpeg stuff for last week's comparison piece gave me chance to try the new software from Fujifilm

    So I decided to write an overview about it.

    Using Fujifilm X Raw Studio
     
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  18. Bobby Tingle

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    I agree with your thoughts that this isn't really appealing for raw shooters. But it is a nice raw editor for the occasional raw shooter. And it's free. Now for me, back to trying the newest version of LR to see if I want to switch from Capture One.
     
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  19. Adam Bonn

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    For anyone who habitually used the in-camera raw convertor this is like all their birthdays rolled into one.

    I’m curious if you switch from C1, by all accounts it’s better for X-Trans than LR, but with a steeper learning curve, so if you’re already a user (of C1) then it’ll be interesting to see how it is the other way around!
     
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  20. Bobby Tingle

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    Oh yes, anyone who habitually uses the in camera converter will be in heaven.

    With the changes to LR, and it not looking anything like I remember, it has been a task figuring things out. Of the few photos I've run through both, I'm about 50/50 on which has produced the better final image. I know I have no desire to use photoshop again. For the things I need in PS, I've developed a better, and much faster workflow in Affinity Photo.
     
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