Adobe and Fuji working together for a native RAW-files support of the X-Trans sensor?

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A reader of Fujirumors directed our attention to a post in the dpreview-forum (click here). According to this rumor, Fuji is working with Adobe and Apple to make their software compatible with the RAW-files of the X-Trans sensor. Maxster writes: “Just came back from D-Clic photo show in Montreal and had the chance to talk with Billy from Fuji Guys. He asked me if I was happy with my X-Pro1 and I said yes, very happy BUT would like Adobe and others to better support it (or at all in the case of Aperture…). I expected him to play it safe but he actually acknowledged the problem right away and told me that they recently signed a non-disclosure agreement with both Adobe and Apple and provided them with specs for supporting the X-Trans sensor! He said he is also pushing strong with Fuji to add support for TIFF in the camera so that could be another good thing for some. Lets hope this leads to progress…

But recently Apple released a new update for Aperture 3 and there is still no support for Fujifilms X-PRO1. And again, Fuji users were quite disappointed. Just read the comments to this dpreview post (click here). As Jaryl says: “Why nothing for Fuji X-Pro 1? Is it later or never?”

In the last months the voices grew louder, and the “RAW-problem” became a serious problem for Fuji and for photographers using the X-PRO1 (click here)  and the new X-E1 (click here).

No doubt, the jpegs of these cameras are really good, ISO is excellent, the sensor has a great potential, but many programs that work with RAW-files do not support the new X-Trans sensor technology. This is a real struggle for the normal workflow of photographers. As soundimageplus.blogspot.it says: “We have an existing workflow. We don’t want to be forced to change that workflow and our software mix to get good results from our raw files.

Until now, the very low sales of the X-PRO1 didn’t push software companies to spend time and money to develop software solutions for the new X-Trans sensor. So sansmirror.com suggests: “Fujifilm needs to do everything under the sun to make sure that Adobe’s conversions are optimal for X-Trans, then they need to make sure they do that for the #2, #3, #4…et.al makers of converters. Failure to do that puts them in the same corner Fujifilm was in with DSLRs and never got out of: an interesting and oddball choice that has no optimized workflow most users would embrace.

Finally, if the rumor of Maxster is correct, Fuji is really doing “everything under the sun” to make the X-Trans files compatible with the most important photo-software products. The X-Trans sensor is now in use for several months, and there shouldn’t be still such a big lack of software support. But Fuji has demonstrated to listen to feedback from photographers in developing his cameras. Let’s hope that they will do it also this time, and that rumors are going to be confirmed soon!

If you have some news or rumors to share, just contact us by email.

Are you using any software to work with X-Trans RAW pictures? if so, leave a comment.

take care, and thanks mike ;-)

 

 

 

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Fuji releases the new X lens firmware update!

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And now it’s here! the new firmware update for the three X lenses. It will improve the AF performance and here are the download links:
18mm lens:
http://fujifilm.jp/support/digitalcamera/download/lens/xf18mm/download001.html
35mm lens:
http://fujifilm.jp/support/digitalcamera/download/lens/xf35mm/download001.html
60mm lens:
http://fujifilm.jp/support/digitalcamera/download/lens/xf60mm/download001.html

Let us know if you find any real improvement on the AF performance!

via DC.watch.

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Fuji X-E1 now shipping on eBay UK and Amazon ITALY

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The next countries (after Germany-but right now out of stock again) in Europe getting the X-E1 are UK and ITALY. You can find plenty of X-E1 cameras on eBay:
Black X-E1 at Cameracenter UK (Click here).
Silver X-E1 at Cameracenter UK (Click here).
Black X-E1 with 35mm at Gwcameras UK (Click here).
Silver X-E1 with 35mm at Gwcameras UK (Click here).

And in Italy you can buy it in Amazon.it (click here) (just two cameras in stock at the time of this post… so hurry). There is also just one camera here on Amazon.it (click here) for 864€ (9% discount).

Ciao

One more thing: in UK Fuji launched the Student Awards 2013 (Source: ePhotozine).

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X-E1: “the closest thing to perfection”… stevehuffphoto review

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It’s time for X-E1 reviews. This camera attracts the interest of many, and I found an interesting review on stevehuffphoto.

Excellent image quality, sharp and natural pictures, amazing ISO and low light performance, beautiful color rendition and the JPEG are “just that good“. Maybe you have to get used to the EVF, but the EVF is, according to this review, one of the best in color, contrast and clarity. The camera feels solid and well built. And even if there is no focus-peaking feature, there where no problems to get the shots in good focus with the CV 21mm f/4, the 40mm f/1.4 Nokton and the 50mm f/1.5 Nokton.

I enjoyed the big amount of lenses testet in combination with the X-E1. You can find pictures shot with the Fuji 18mm and 35mm lens, the The Voigtlander 21mm f/4 Skopar, 40mm and 50mm f/1.4 Nokton, Zeiss 35mm f/2 Biogon and at least the Leica 50mm f/2 Summitar.

The conclusions are that “the XE1 feels mature. I think Fuji has learned a lot over the last year from the release of the x100 and XPro1, and they’ve done a good job listening to feedback from the photographers out there using their cameras. Overall operational speed on the XE1 is good; not blazing fast like a high-end DSLR, but certainly fast enough for many of us” and although the autofocus speed is drastically improved with the last firmware and is fast enough “on some occasions with the 35mm lens, it had a little trouble locking on exactly what you want it to“.

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bye by Patrick

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