I tell you this: I am lucky I don’t live in USA, because otherwise I could hardly resist to the mega offer on the one combo in the GFX medium format system, that is totally tempting me. In fact, both, the Fujifilm GFX 50R and the Fujinon GF50mm f/3.5 are now heavily discounted.
Lightroom only: worm effect. Strange things go on. Images do not look great
Lightroom with enhanced details: cleans up files, no worms, initially files look better. But he realized he loses lots of details actually, and hence looks softer
Capture One: file looks fantastic. C1 does an amazing job. Nice clean file. He can see why Pros use that
Iridient X Transformer: simple to install. Converts Fuji RAW files to DNG file and takes care of sharpening. The results are very close to Capture One results. Image looks cleaner, better. Very impressed with Iridient X Transformer
And in real life? Thomas printed the same image using the 4 different methods. He can’t see any difference. You need a loupe and super close, to see difference.
The only real noticeable difference appears during the editing process. You look at high res monitor super magnified. But when printed, you don’t really see difference.
But although in real world you can’t see real difference, you want to work with the best file possible, enjoy the processing. He recommends Capture One or Iridient X Transformer.
Thomas Heaton decided to use Iridient X Transformer. It’s almost as good as Capture One, and he can keep all his Lightroom workflow.
But if you don’t have problems to switch, he would recommend Capture One.
The Nr. 4 is unlucky in Asia. That’s why in Asian elevators you often don’t see a 4th floor, and why Fujifilm skipped the X-A4 and passed from X-A3 directly to X-A5. This is the case also of the Fujifilm S series, which skipped from Fujifilm S3 Pro directly to Fujfiilm S5 Pro.
The inevitable will happen: the Fujifilm X-T4 will ship within March, and this means that the time of dedicated Fujifilm X-T3 roundups will soon be over, and the X-T3 content will be moved to the general camera roundups.