Closer Looking Images: A Bit of Fun with the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Part Two

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Continuing the blog serialisation of my popular X-Pro Series lust/hate/love story:

Part 117: Closer Looking Images: A Bit of Fun with the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Part Two

So last week I went out in terribly harsh binary light with two cameras and one lens.

The X-Pro1, the X-Pro2 and the XF35 F1.4R

I shot RAFs with each camera, edited them as I normally would, then I shared them with you all so that you might be able to compare.

On the various forums etc, this opened up a nice little dialogue (I like when this happens) about who likes which images from what camera and what the differences are.. etc etc!

But this isn’t the first time (by far) that I’ve touched on this subject.

My previous comparison articles on the differences between the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 images can be found on these links

The X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Images Compared Part One

The X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Images Compared Part Two

The X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Images Compared Part Three

The X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Images Compared SOOC JPEGS

These articles set out to highlight the differences between the two X-Pro cameras and how to try and apply some harmonisation between each one’s output.

So I thought for this week’s article I’d revisit the images I shot last week, apply my own levelling methods (as detailed in the articles above) and see what it did to the images

(Live Update: I’m pushed for time this week, I have an exhibition coming up that opens in five days and I’ve still got many things to sort out, the update is that I thought this article would be quite quick, but man how wrong was I? This article is taking ages 😀 😀 ) Update 3rd October 2018 as this blog is an article I wrote ages ago, the exhibition has long since been and gone!

So let’s start with re-visiting the X-Pro1 images with the corresponding revised X-Pro2 edit below each X-Pro1 shot


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro1


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method

As you can see… The colours are still not identical, but closer I think… and we can the tone curves are closer too (well IMO)

Now let’s look at the two sets of X-Pro2 images, but one as edited last week and the other with the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method


X-Pro2


X-Pro2 using the ‘RAF Hack’ editing method

I mean don’t get me wrong, as I say EVERY time we do this…. playing games like this is ALWAYS win some/lose some

Some images work better one way, some the other.

Some of you will prefer the colours and darker nature of the unmolested X-Pro2 files, others will prefer the slightly more gentle ‘RAF Hack’ ones.

For me?

These days I always ‘RAF Hack’ my X-Pro2 files, it gives me a starting point that cuts out some of the work I do carte blanche with my X-Pro2 files, and I can always add a darker look with the contrast and/or black sliders if I need it Update 3rd October 2018I think Capture One Express stops me needing to do this, but time will tell. It’s worth knowing it can be done….

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5 Replies to “Closer Looking Images: A Bit of Fun with the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 Part Two”

  1. Why not compare the X-Pro2 Focus Bracketing with that of the X-T2?

    Oh Wait… the X-Pro2 does not get this feature via firmware update, does it?

    Fuji says those who use X-Pro cameras don’t/won’t use the feature because they “don’t photograph that way”. They want you to buy the X-T2 – a camera some of us don’t want because we don’t like how it handles.

    WHY can’t Fuji put Focus Bracketing in the X-Pro2 for us to use? Seems a simple firmware upgrade as in the X-T2 would do the job.

    If they won’t – I’ll solve the problem myself and go to the Nikon D850 and dump the Fuji gear. If I’m going to get SLR type styling I’ll get a real one with an honest Optical finder rather than an electronic one.

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