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Douglas, there's no question that we are still dealing with less than optimal Raw conversion. Put the artifacts from RPP aside for a moment and just look at the fine details. They are as good or better than the 5n file (despite being at a lower magnification in your samples). If there were problems inherent in the sensor design that prevent the camera from resolving as much detail at low iso, as you've stated multiple times, this wouldn't be possible.
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Sorry about the magnification difference between the 5n and X-E1 RPP files. Not sure what happened, but I fixed it in my post above.
The problem with the Fuji RPP files is that you're seeing aliasing/false details, and you can't equate false details to an actual resolution improvement. Those bricks, railings and window frames look like christmas zippers. The shrubs still don't look as good as the 5N, either.
As Flypenfly mentioned, all of these crops are putting the AA-filtered 5N at quite a disadvantage by not using sharpening, and yet it still competes in terms of details.
TheSuede (and a few others) have provided explanations as to why these X-trans problems exist, and there's really no better source, but that's just the science. Whether we notice the issues in actual use is what I've been curious about. So far, whether it be Fuji's jpegs, or any 3rd party converter, the files are still a bit of a mess, comparatively. Maybe that gap will close with a better raw converter in the future, but that's all speculation at this point, because X-trans has been around for nearly a year, and no one has stepped up to the plate, yet. Heck, better raw converters for Bayer may come, too, and widen the gap more. The future is tough to predict, and it'll be interesting to see what Capture One does.
I appreciate you taking the time to provide samples, but they've shown me the same thing as all of the various samples that I've looked at from other sources. In good light, I'd likely choose Bayer, and, in lowlight, I'd likely choose X-trans...at least for now.