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#1 Felts

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:20 PM

Hi All,

I've just been delving into the custom settings that can be easily re-accessed in the Q Menu. I LOVE the look of the B&W film setting with the shadows pushed to +2. It gives a really great contrasty look which is perfect for Black & White... It works well when you have stong light in a scene for example.

I also like the Pro Neg Std with Colour set to -1, giving a muted feel to proceedings.

Anybody else having a play with the custom settings and found any combinations that work well so that less work is necessary in PP?



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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Hi All,

I've just been delving into the custom settings that can be easily re-accessed in the Q Menu. I LOVE the look of the B&W film setting with the shadows pushed to +2. It gives a really great contrasty look which is perfect for Black & White... It works well when you have stong light in a scene for example.

I also like the Pro Neg Std with Colour set to -1, giving a muted feel to proceedings.

Anybody else having a play with the custom settings and found any combinations that work well so that less work is necessary in PP?


With my X100 and now the X-Pro1, I've been shooting in camera B&W JPEG. Yes I know I am going against conventional wisdom which is to convert in post. But I just like how Fuji manages digital noise when they do the conversion. Very film like in my opinion. Right now I have both highlight and shadow contrast bumped to +2, NR neutral (am considering turning it off entirely). I have been bracketing with the red and yellow filter and Pro Neg Std. Loving the monochrome look I'm getting.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:38 PM

Yes that is a very nice look.I need to experiment with all these custom settings a bit more. I would like to set up an IR one.

I wish it was possible to actually name these custom settings rather than have to remember the custom number.



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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

I set up a whole set of custom profiles and also changed the Fn to allow selection pf profiles rather than ISO.This works very well for me.
The X-Pro1 really is opening up a lot of easier ways of approaching shooting opportunites.



#5 Felts

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

With my X100 and now the X-Pro1, I've been shooting in camera B&W JPEG. Yes I know I am going against conventional wisdom which is to convert in post. But I just like how Fuji manages digital noise when they do the conversion. Very film like in my opinion. Right now I have both highlight and shadow contrast bumped to +2, NR neutral (am considering turning it off entirely). I have been bracketing with the red and yellow filter and Pro Neg Std. Loving the monochrome look I'm getting.


Sounds interesting... I'll give bumping up the Highlight contrast to +2 a go tomorrow. Day off! B) Haven't tried film bracketing yet either. I have to say with my X100 I never experimented with any in-camera JPEG settings, and I loved the fact that I was always set to shoot without menu diving. However due to the Quick Menu it seems much more possible due to it being, well... quick.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

Sounds interesting... I'll give bumping up the Highlight contrast to +2 a go tomorrow. Day off! B) Haven't tried film bracketing yet either. I have to say with my X100 I never experimented with any in-camera JPEG settings, and I loved the fact that I was always set to shoot without menu diving. However due to the Quick Menu it seems much more possible due to it being, well... quick.


That's a bit like saying: "With my new Porsche, I never experimented shifting beyond 2nd gear." ;)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:47 PM

I have customized all my Custom settings (C1-C7) on my X-Pro1 with the following settings. Each of them renders the images differently, and I really love all of them. They all have their purpose. Let me know if you like them or have any other settings to recommend:

C1: Default setting for regular shots
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: Auto
Film: Pro Neg. Hi
Color: +1

C2: Portrait setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: Auto
Film: Astia Soft
Color: +1
Sharpness: +1

C3: Landscape / nature setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: Auto
Film: Velvia
Sharpness: +1
Shadow Tone: +1

C4: Muted / old style setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: Auto
Film: Pro Neg. Std
Color: -1

C5: Tweaked default Provia setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: Auto
Film: Provia standard

C6: B&W Neutral setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: 100
Film: Monochrome
Shadow Tone: +1

C7: B&W High contrast setting
ISO: Auto 3200
DR: 100
Film: Monochrome + Ye filter
Sharpness: +1
Highlight Tone: +2
Shadow Tone: +2


Settings that are not mentioned in each profile are not changed from the default "0".



#8 Felts

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:23 PM

That's a bit like saying: "With my new Porsche, I never experimented shifting beyond 2nd gear." ;)


It was the menu diving that irked me, and I preferred to change things in post... I guess driving in 2nd meant that I enjoyed the scenery more :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:37 PM

It was the menu diving that irked me, and I preferred to change things in post... I guess driving in 2nd meant that I enjoyed the scenery more :)


Like all X cameras, the X100 has been designed to change all those settings later using its internal RAW converter. There's absolutely no need to care about those settings (or go menu diving) while you are actually shooting stuff. Just concentrate on your subject , focus and exposure and think about film simulations, color, contrast, noise, etc. later.

That said, it's reasonable to create and store a few basic custom settings for different shooting applications, such as infrared, black&white, RAW only, etc. In this regard, the additional custom sets of the X-Pro1 are very welcome.

It's also smart to have a set wih Auto-DR and Auto-ISO, and one with fixed ISO and DR100%.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:57 AM

Sure wish you could name them. :(



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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:22 AM

Sure wish you could name them. :(


Indeed, 7 custom settings is great but how will I remember what each does?! Please can Fuji allow us to name them with a firmware upgrade.

Re the in-camera RAW processing - yes it is good but (as I have mentioned before) being able to select several, or all, pictures and batch convert them would be great, rather to have to do one at a time. The only thing you are stuck with here is the DR as you can't have a DR setting higher than that used with the original RAW.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:24 AM

I have customized all my Custom settings (C1-C7) on my X-Pro1 with the following settings. Each of them renders the images differently, and I really love all of them. They all have their purpose. Let me know if you like them or have any other settings to recommend:


Thanks for sharing these. Do you find the default Velvia sharpness a little soft? I ask because I think I do and you have increased it for your Velvia custom setting.

Lee

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

Indeed, 7 custom settings is great but how will I remember what each does?! Please can Fuji allow us to name them with a firmware upgrade.


That's funny, because each new firmware upgrade will subsequently erase all names along with the settings. :D

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:20 PM

That's funny, because each new firmware upgrade will subsequently erase all names along with the settings. :D

Well, wouldn't that be a convincing argument to pitch Fuji for saving all configuration and custom settings when doing a firmware upgrade? I think it is high time that Fuji should catch up with the rest of the camera makers in this regard.

Being the odd man out can instill pride, but it doesn't bring any benefits to us users. This is a camera for advanced photographers, meaning that it quite certainly isn't the first serious camera for most of us. Thus, it would really be helpful for users if this cameras user interface would adhere to some of the proven UI standards in the industry. We all would come to love it even quicker. ;)

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

Well, wouldn't that be a convincing argument to pitch Fuji for saving all configuration and custom settings when doing a firmware upgrade? I think it is high time that Fuji should catch up with the rest of the camera makers in this regard.


Not just in this regard.

I'm still amazed how the camera manages to reset everything when updating only a lens. I guess a dozen Fuji engineers worked overtime to accomplish this terrific task.