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| p.3 #10 · Making the decision - X-pro 1 or X-E1? |
The problem with Fuji raw's is that there is no ideal solution for processing them at the moment. I'll do a comparison in the next week or so and start a new thread so we can stop derailing this one, although I guess it's kind of relevant.
I think that's kind of the point that Joakim was trying to make. There aren't really any great raw solutions for X-trans right now, and, even if a raw converter with a new architecture is developed to handle the files appropriately, it still won't be able to achieve the detail of a bayer sensor in good light. Of course, Foveon is better than both in terms of detail in good light, but it isn't great at at high ISO.
I'll look for that new thread, thanks. BTW, be sure to shoot both cameras at the same aperture and shutter speed, as I believe that Fuji overstates ISO a little with the camera. Imaging Resource said that ISO 6400 on the X-Pro1 is equivalent to ISO 3200 on the D600, if I remember correctly.
BTW, since the lack of an AA filter was brought up in this thread, this quote from TheSuede sums up things nicely (I shoot an AA-less camera, too, so I'm not being biased here) :
"Removing the AA filter completely adds in more pixel level contrast in the image before demosaic, and that gives aliasing to a sparsely populated matrix. In laymans terms - you might think you see more detail, but almost all of it is false detail - stuff that wasn't there in reality in front of the lens. The only place where AA-less cameras give more real detail than a camera with a good AA filter is on flat surfaces with a high green image content. In those you get more surface texture, and the texture is rendered with good reliability since the interpolation algorithm can suppose that the entire surface is uni-colored.
There are only two ways to get more REAL detail in an image. One is more base resolution (more MP), the other is stacked cells. Unfortunately the only stacked cell that is practically viable in mass production right now is Foveon, and that system has it's own pitfalls - that makes it totally unsuitable for anything requiring accurate color or high ISO performance. Which unfortunately is quite a lot of normal photography. "