Years ago while shooting with the Nikon D80 I only shot in RAW. I thought, well I´ve got this great DSLR and quit a few lenses with the most used being the Tamron 17-50 and Nikon´s 50mm 1.8
A great combo.
But it got to heavy and I wanted to go portable. I switched to Panasonics GF1 the 20mm and the 14-45 and still shot only RAW.
One day I thought to myself:
Why don´t I try the Jpegs out of this Panasonic? I did and I was not happy.
The colors where just so wrong for me.
Anyway, after trying some different cameras which produce nice jpegs I found it.
I sold of all my micro four thirds gear and bought myself Fuji´s X100.
Yes I only had one focal length left instead of a hand full of lenses. Yes I had a slow focusing and slow working camera.
And I started with firmware 1.01
It was slow in good light and even slower in low light.
I JUST DID NOT CARE!!!
Fuji gave us more than one firmware update and with the latest 1.3 the X100 is a all new camera. Not to be compared with the very first at all.
Still I shot RAW. I thought to myself. Well I´m a RAW shooter. Everybody shoots RAW. Jpegs can never be as good as the RAW.
Yes and No.
The X100 and the other X Cameras have a great jpeg engine. I have owned Olympus cameras and they already have a good jpeg engine, but the Fuji is just... well... better.
I read many blogs, articles, forum post and what not all about Fuji´s jpegs. I saw pictures so called jpegs ooc and began to wonder why I am shooting RAW and post processing them. Every single picture.
I can´t be bothered with post processing every single picture. Coming back from a great vacation having taken more pictures than is healthy for my marriage and having to post process the pictures was just not relaxing any more.
"STOP this has to end".
This Fuji jpeg engine is supposed to be great, awesome, stunning. OK let´s try it.
I did. And even with the Standard settings I began to wonder.
Wow, how do they do it?
I started to change the settings, tried and tried and tried until I came up with MY personal favorite settings.
ISO: I tend to stick with Auto 6400, but this depends on the situation
DR: mostly Auto, this also depends on the situation
NR: M-High (with the new X100S I have noticed that M-Low works better)
Even with the X-Pro1 and now the X-E1 I can use the exact same settings and get the same great results.
During the trip to New York I used these settings all the time and due to the fact of a missing RAW support at that time I stuck with the jpegs ooc and am still very happy with the results.
Most of the time I can not even manage to top the out of camera shots while using Adobe Lightroom 4.4. Mostly, as you will see in a sample shot.
Feel free to copy these settings and go out and take some stunning pictures with these stunning cameras and share your comments on the settings.
Remember, you can use the settings on all Fuji X cameras.
The following pictures are some sample shots which I took with either the X100, X-Pro1 with the XF35 lens attached or the X-E1
You can also take a look at this entry.
The detail in this ISO 3200 shot is amazing
Sometimes the jpegs ooc are not enough. Luckily enough Lightroom 4.4 now supports the X-Trans files fully. I picked out this picture to show you that I am no RAW hater at all. In some cases the RAW files do just give me the better results.
The second picture is of course extremely over processed. But it does show that the jpeg is not always the best.
This is the jpeg ooc taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF35mm lens hand held
And this is the same file developed out of the RAW in Adobe Lightroom 4.4
The typical flower shot