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Can we please have a thread just about the X100s X-Trans funkiness (by which I mean everything and anything that is deemed an artefact) in RAW? Examples both with and without (or next-to-no) funkiness followed by RAW developer settings applied would be great. And some brainy dipping into how the X-Trans works, and what is possible now and may be possible in the future, by more scientific minds would be good too.
I've checked possibly 100s of images and sometimes there's a lot of it and sometimes none that is perceptible without pixel peeping @ 200%, so it's one of those cases of more pixel peeping leading to more confusion (so I want more of it to settle this in my head once and for all!). In the DPReview comparison 'torture' tool, results are quite bad IMMO, in sections where there is a cross pattern of any kind, such as in the bank note faces. There are also areas that are turned almost into monochrome and the reds look blocked. However, most of what I've seen in 'real world' examples seems to be better than the DPReview torture test. Could be the DPReview Lightroom settings, could just be that output from Lightroom is like that...
To give an idea about how I feel about these things, I much prefer a camera with a strong low-pass filter (such as the A900, the A99 or the K5), than one with a weak or no filter (like the D600 I'm currently struggling with, whose files are very prone to moire): a slightly softer image I can always sharpen up, but moire takes ages to clean up and you need to pixel-peep every single image. The X-Trans seems, from all the samples I've checked, sometimes to be on the softer but more natural camp, until you hit the funkiness and it all goes weird indeed.
So, my selfish interest is in ascertaining the extent of the funkiness and what types of images are prone. But also to explore what may be possible and whether there are signs that the RAWs will eventually come out clean, no matter what type of image, with better support (or if this is a trait of the sensor and there'll be improvements but no absolute workaround). But this may also be useful to others who haven't made up their minds or who have bought the camera, but would like to exchange ideas about how to process, etc.
I haven't bought the camera (yet), but bar the big question mark that is the X-Trans sensor, it seems to offer everything I could have wished for in a small take-everywhere package: good manual focus implementation, perfect focal length for me, faster AF, better hybrid VF, old-school operation, leaf-shutter, etc, etc.
I thought this could be a separate thread from the XP1, X20 and X E1, because the x100s apparently has a new processor and it has a fixed lens. It'd be good if this thread served as a gathering point for everything and anything X100s RAW.
Apologies for the long post.