The Evolution of Fujifilm Colors from X-Pro1 to Fujifilm X-T3 and Why DPReview RAW Lab Tests Don’t Show Fujifilm Colors

Fujifilm Colors

I am one of the few on this wonderful globe, to have had the privileged to own and shoot with all X-Trans cameras (except the X-Trans 4, until now).

And when in these days I read that the colors on X-Trans 4 might be slightly different from those on X-Trans 3, this does not surprise me at all.

In fact, Fujifilm has always slighlty fine-tuned and changed colors with every Fujifilm X-Trans/processor generation. And they even say it openly here, that they change colors trying to reach “the ideal vision” or “the ideal color reproduction” by taking advantage of new technologies (new sensors/processor).

It’s all about improving Fujifilm colors/film simulations, mostly based on customer feedback.

For example, when people complained that red colors with X-TransII in Velvia are too strong and lose texture too quickly, Fujifilm desaturated the reds a bit with X-Trans III.

So, there is nothing like “THE Fujifilm colors“.

Fujifilm colors change with every new sensor and processor generation. Then it’s up to you to see if they changed for the better or for the worst.

The Problem With DPReview Lab Test

The problem with DPReview lab test is that their Fujifilm X-Trans RAW samples we pixel peeped yesterday don’t show you the Fujifilm colors.

Why?

Because RAW file colors depend on the RAW converter you use (and in case of the X-T3 it’s even just a beta support). And as far as I know, RAWs don’t really have “colors”, but “luminance”. Colors are created during the demosaicing (correct me if I am wrong).

To get the closest results to “real” Fujifilm colors in Lightroom, you would have to apply to the RAW file one of the Fujifilm film simulations presets in Lightroom (Astia for example is great if you want the best skin tones), and then continue to edit your image from there… if there is any need for editing at all, given how amazing Fujifilm film simulations are ;).

Of course, the film simulation profiles in Adobe Lightroom do not match 100% the “in camera” film simulations (or “in X RAW STUDIO”), but they are Adobe’s attempt to get as close as possible to Fujifilm colors, which is already much better than their standard stuff ;) .

So when yesterday some of you compared the RAW file colors, just know that these are not really the “Fuji colors”.

Down below you will find the results of RAW and JPEG from X-Trans I to X-Trans IV, as you find them on DPReview.

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Fujifilm X-T3 Owners Manual Available

Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm just released the Fujifilm X-T3 Owners Manual. You can download the English PDF here or see the html version here.

For other languages go to this page and select your language.

As soon as you get the Fujifilm X-T3, make sure to update it to firmware version 1.01, which was released a few minutes ago and fixes lockups and more.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is shipping now to customers.

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Fujifilm X-T3 Firmware 1.01 Lock-up Fix Released

Fujifilm X-T3 Firmware 1.01

Fujifilm just released Fujifilm X-T3 firmware 1.01, which fixes the lockup issue we reported about. Download here.

The firmware update Ver.1.01 from Ver.1.00 incorporates the following issues:

  1. Compensation of distortion is optimized in CH shooting with electronic shutter.
  2. The phenomenon is fixed that the mechanical LOCK of some SD cards is not recognized.
  3. Fix of other slight defects

Now I hope stores will perform the firmware updates before they start shipping, otherwise people, who don’t know about the update, will start complaining about bugs that have been solved with this firmware.

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DPReview adds Fujifilm X-T3 to their Studio Lab Test Comparison

Fujifilm X-T3

DPReview just added the Fujifilm X-T3 to their studio lab test images. Happy pixel peeping here.

I will more in-depth pixel peeping later on, but I’d say that overall details look better on X-T3 at very high ISO. Noise, though, looks better on the X-T2. However, results vary a lot depending on which part of the image you analyze.

Also, I have not seen any official Fujifilm X-T3 support by Adobe yet. Maybe DPReivew got early access to a not yet 100% final version? UPDATE: Tony Northrup told us in the comments, that the latest LR 8.0 beta supports the X-T3.

I am curious to see what you guys think, and I am sure the comment section will be very vivid :).

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PhotoKina 2018: The Year DSLRs Died. What to Expect from Fujifilm and will FujiRumors be There?

images I took at photokina 2016… can you find Waldo

The Year of Mirrorless

This years’ photokina will probably the most exciting of the last 20 years.

We will assist to the death of DSLR’s (that’s it my friends, just accept it), and open the new era of mirrorless.

Paraphrasing the famous sentence from the movie Deadline we could say “that’s technology, baby, there is nothing you can do about it, nothing“.

Sure, the transition from DSLR to mirrorless won’t happen overnight. But that’s the trend. And that’s why Canon and Nikon are starting to get serious about mirrorless, too.

On this years photokina we will see the following new mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm:

Not a rumor, but regarding Fujifilm lenses, I’d not be surprised to see:

  • Fujinon GF 100-200mm F4.5-5.6
  • Fujinon GF 35mm F2.8
  • Fujinon GF 20-36mm F3.5-4.5
  • GF pancake lens is not confirmed
  • and of course the XF200mmF2 and XF8-16mmF2.8

Mock-ups:

  • Fujinon XF16-80mmF4
  • Fujinon XF16mmF2.8
  • Fujinon XF33mmF1.0 (not sure)

FujiRumors @ Photokina

I am 80% sure I will be there, but if I go, I sadly I can’t be there for more than 1 or (best case) 2 days.

I was at photokina in 2016, also just for one 1 day, because my school principal didn’t give me more days off (and yet, when I came back, I had huge problems to focus on my job again).

In 2016, the by far busiest booth was the one of Fujifilm, but, between me and you, the most beautiful one was without a doubt the one of Leica (don’t tell Fuji, but I’ve spend hours (!!!) there).

This year, Fujifilm won’t have such an easy game to play like in 2016. The competition is strong, and that’s good for us customers.

The biggest problem?

Well, on the same Photokina days, there is also worlds largest beer festival, the Oktoberfest in Munich (I’ve never been there). So I stand in front of tough decisions: Oktoberfest or Photokina? Life can be so cruel!!!

Let me know in the poll, where I should go ;)

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