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| p.1 #1 · Fuji X-trans Raw with Silky 5 |
So, we all tried the bundled Silky Raw converter, and found it missing. I know that I at least gave up after a few initial tries, mostly because of the bad user interface, it was hard recovering highlights and pushing shadows etc, and the color was ugly etc etc. So I gave up.
Then the rawconverter RPP came and went (not to mention Lightroom), and now Capture One.
I like the colors from Capture One, but B&W conversion is almost non-existant, the resolution is low, and lots of false details and color artefacts. Maybe they will tweak the conversion, but then again, they may not.
Now, I am not a pixel peeper, I often do long exposures or intentional camera movements, so resolution is not my priority normally. But for some images it is, and who wants artefacts?
So yesterday I downloaded Silkypix 5, and it is very different from the bundled version. Yes, the user interface is still lacking, but now you can easily recover highlights and shadow detail, and the colors are very different, and there is a very nice tool for changing hues etc as well. Colors are very different to the bundled version!
Silkypix gives the highest resolution of all Raw converters out there, but the sharpening it does is, well, blunt. Fine details look "thick". I lack a better word. The result is an impression of softness. Other converters are the opposite, they give the impression of sharpness (RPP comes to mind), but they actually lack resolution (false details and jagginezz contributes to the perceived sharpness). So, here I tried to develop the Raw image in Silkypix 5, and then do the sharpening in Lightroom instead. How does it fare to the JPGs? Well, you decide...
Here is a 100% crop from the Dpreview studio-scene, focusing on the troubled parts (moire). Left is the out-of-camera JPG, and right is Silypix 5:
For those that want to see the entire JPG image: http://extrazoom.com/image-2725.html
For those what want to see the entire SP5 image: http://extrazoom.com/image-2726.html
Here are the settings I used:
Default settings in Silkypix 5, except I changed the color to "Memory color 1, V4 compatible, saturation 1.10", the Noise reduction to "False color 95", all other were set to 0. For sharpness I set "outline emphasis" to 10, and "detail emphasis" to 75, "False outline ctrl" to 50.
Then I imported the image to Adobe Lightroom 4.2, and left all to default, only changing the
sharpening to "radius" 0.5, and "amount" to 53. Then I transferred the image to Adobe Photoshop and converted the image to a JPG-file. That is it. Nothing else done. Probably it can be done even better, give it a try yourself, Silkypix 5 can be tried for free for 30 days. Fuji should include this version, rather then the poor version they ship now! But yes, lets hope Adobe develops a better conversion soon!
If you want to see the Capture One version, it can be found here (done by Dpreview): http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1887029702/capture-one-fujifilm-x-trans-raw-support-tested
OK, no more peeping, lets just take images from now on!