Capture One for Fujifilm packs all features that Capture One has to offer, and the only limitation is that it will work with Fujifilm files only. The big advantage: it’s much cheaper than the full version, and now with even 55% discount it’s a heck of a deal!
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.
I thought it might be helpful to share a few tutorial videos, not only about Capture One 20, but also about Capture One Pro 12, as many have either not yet upgraded, and because tips for C12 are useful also for C20.
Also, we share some C1 styles created by Michael Damböck.