This Lightroom Plug-in Reads Fujifilm’s Film Simulation from your RAW file and Automatically Applies Corresponding Profile in Lightroom

John Beardsworth created a Lightroom plug-in that you might find interesting :)

The plug-in called “jb-X-LR” reads Fujifilm’s film simulation from your RAW file and automatically applies the corresponding profile in Lightroom.

Here is the description:

“Film simulations” are Fujispeak for the camera settings which fine tune JPEG output and which are recorded in the raw files (just like Nikon’s “picture controls” and Canon “picture styles”). X-LR is designed to automatically apply Fuji film simulations in Lightroom.

In Lightroom you briefly see the Fuji rendering in the Import dialog box and in Library, before Adobe’s raw conversion then takes over. Develop’s Camera Calibration panel does allows you to apply profiles which are modelled on theFuji film simulations, that’s no good if you can’t remember which simulation you chose before you pressed the shutter. You may have shot with more than one film simulation setting that day, and the information is not shown anywhere in Lightroom.”

What X-LR does

  • Reads the film simulation from the raw file
  • Applies the corresponding Camera Calibration Profile
  • Also applies a Develop Preset
  • Records the film simulation as a non-exporting keyword under the parent keyword ~MakerNotes

The plug-in is currently in Beta until April 30 and works for many X-Series cameras and also GFX. But consider that the preview only works on 5 images at a time – the unlocked version has no limit.

You can read all the details at lightroomsolutions.com/plugin-preview-jb-x-lr and lightroomsolutions.com/jb-xlr.

Fellow FR-reader Bernd has downloaded it, used it, and shared how it works and his impressions (in German) at bhofoto.blogspot (translation). Make sure to check it out!

My Final Answer to the DPReview GFX Article (Using DPR’s Own Studio Test)… Then Back to What the GFX does Best: Taking Pictures!

I promise this will be the last time FujiRumors will talk about the DPReview article. But I just wanted to show you two things:

ISO INVARIANCE TEST

I don’t know you, but when I use DPReviews own studio comparison tool, and make a 6 stop push starting from ISO 100, I can see a clear difference (see screenshot above). Look at the purple thread, which basically loses completely its texture in the Canon 5DSr and looks not good on the A7RII, too. The D810 is better than the other FF cameras, but the GFX 50s is still visibly better than the D810.

NOTE: I’m not saying the other cameras perform bad, not at all. I just say the GFX performs better.

I don’t know why DPReview did not mention the ISO invariance test results in their article, where they criticized the GFX. It’s a very important test, for example for landscape photographers, who want to be able to recover shadows with as little noise and retaining as much details as possible.

The GFX combines everything into one camera: lots of details, great dynamic range and awesome noise performance.

Is it worth the extra money over a high-end APS-C or FF camera? I don’t know, and luckily it’s a question I don’t have to think about it too much, since the GFX does not get along well with my bank account anyway.

With that said, I’m still firmely convinced that our beloved APS-C X-series cameras can do 90% of what the GFX does.

But yes, if you want the ultimate image quality and ultimate freedom to push your files to the limit, then the GFX is the upgrade you are looking for, since it does these 10% extra you are looking for better than any APS-C or Full Frame camera out there (as demonstrated also by DPR’s own studio tests).

That’s all folks :)

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GFX IMAGES

This is just a minimal fraction of the terrific amount of content (images & discussions) that 10,000 fellow GFX shooters and fans are sharing at our Fujifilm GFX facebook group.

And if you want to get only news and rumors tailored on the GFX, the GFX facebook page is the place to be.

GK Kutar shared here: Fujifilm GFX, 63mm f2.8

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Palle Schultz shared here: 120mm + gfx

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DPReview Killed the Fujifilm GFX 50S and I Disagree :: ROBOshoot Profoto & Co Lights with HSS and Fujifilm In-Camera Control

DPReview

Ok, so it’s not only me, who found the latest DPReview article very strange.

A few days ago I said that it’s kind of strange to take the best Full Frame cameras on the market (Sony A7rII, Canon 5DSr and Nikon D810), take of each one only the very best aspects, merge them together into one mythical SoNiCan D8A7Sr (can somebody photoshop it? ;) ), and compare this monster FF with 1 single camera, the Fujiflm GFX.

When it comes to IQ, all those FF cameras can’t match the GFX. You need 3 of them to come close to it.

Anyway, as I said, I’m not alone. You can also read this and more arguments at “DPReview Killed the Fujifilm GFX 50S using facts, they say. I Disagree” via thephotofundamentalist

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ROBOshoot

John Poremba contacted me with some news to share that you might be interested in:

The next RoboSHOOT firmware version is being prepared for release. It is expected to provide additional flash support, enhances manual mode operation/performance, and supports In-Camera Flash Exposure Lock. Details are listed below.

WHAT’S NEW IN THIS VERSION
Added flash support – the added flash support includes:
– Nikon SB-800 and SB-5000
– Godox AD-360ii-N and X1N (Radio Remote)
– Profoto AirTTL-N and supported Profoto monolights
– Impact Venture Monolights with their Nikon Remote (reported support)
Plus, Monolights can be used along with normal flash at the same time.
Note, the Monolight support generally does not allow TTL+HSS at the same time. In that case, use manual power control In-Camera or on the controller for the Monolight. AutoFP will be selected according to shutter speed even if the light is in manual mode.

Manual Mode improvements (Selecting Manual Mode In-Camera for all groups with TTL flash):
– Manual Power is settable In-Camera for each group independently.
– AutoFP is available.
– Frame Rate of 8fps is possible.
This enables full In-Camera control of manual power and HSS while retaining high frame rates.

The In-Camera Flash Exposure Lock may now be used. The RoboSHOOT FEL function is still available but cannot be used at the same time as In-Camera lock (it is prevented).

Roboshoot at BHphoto

Cactus Announces Cross-Brand Wireless TTL Support for Fujifilm via Free Firmware Update!

Cactus just announced a free firmware upgrade on the Cactus V6 IIs and Cactus V6 II to support cross-brand wireless TTL on Fujifilm cameras.

You will be able to shoot on your Fujifilm camera and have wireless TTL on a Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Panasonic flash, separately or all at the same time.

You can follow the X-TTL’s microsite for the latest updates.

There is no final date for the release, but it should happen before summer.

Full Press Release

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Fujifilm GFX Technologies #4 (The Story of GFX Shutter Design) and #5 (Profound Tonality and Deeper Color)

EPISODE 4 – SHUTTER DESIGN

Fujifilm published episode 4 and 5 of their GFX technologies series (epsiode 1 – Sensor / episode 2 – G-mount / epsiode 3 – lenses).

Episode 4 is all about the shutter. Some excerpts:

  • The mirror shock is a huge factor that affects image quality. If the camera was created with a mirror, we estimate as much as 30% deterioration in resolution would be inevitable. Mirror shock leaves that much of an impact, especially for a medium format system.
  • Although it does not leave as big of an impact as the mirror shock, there is another element that causes shock inside a camera body: a focal plane shutter.
  • Our shutter design is actually all about shock absorption.
  • shutter unit pieces are not mass-produced during the development phase, so some parts are handmade one by one. This leads to a cost that is 30 times higher than the final product.
  • As much as 30 units were broken before we landed on the final shutter design,” said one designer. “In order to any make claims of 150,000 actuations or weather-resistance to -10°C, we actually needed to put it all to the test and confirm our claims.”
  • There are two generations X Series shutter units. The GFX shutter blades are four times bigger than that of the X Series. It also needs to move as fast as 1/4000 sec. The spring tension and shock impact is 10 times bigger as a result.
  • Firstly, rigid and tough metal parts are used [because] plastic is [lightweight but] not tough enough for a medium format. Carbon [is light but] is vulnerable to shock and is easy to break.
  • There is cushioning material within the shutter unit so that shock will not be transmitted

Read it all at fujifilm-x

EPSIODE 5 – COLOR AND TONALITY

Episode 5 is all about Tonality and Color. Some excerpts:

  • The shadow tone is softer for the GFX’s PROVIA and ASTIA than for X Series cameras. A medium format camera is often used in studio with perfect lighting setups. So we had to come up with a way to reflect the subtle changes in the lighting expression.
  • The development of ACROS was not easy, but looking back now, it was an easier task than PROVIA and ASTIA, as we started designing from scratch. But just as ACROS proved to be popular among photographers, we knew that the new PROVIA and ASTIA would be welcomed. We had to do this.
  • Although we’ve made adjustments to some film simulations, the original idea behind them does not change. We believe these changes would be beneficial for photographers, rather than leaving them confused.
  • Images are more robust, so not only photographers benefit from these tweaks, but their editors and printers will also find them beneficial

Read it all at fujifilm-x

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