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Fuji X Pro 1 + 18-55 , great combination

Discussion in 'X-Pro1 and X-Pro2' started by peterleyenaar, May 11, 2013.

  1. peterleyenaar

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    Returned recently from an extended trip to Europe, I had with me the X pro1, 18-55 , 35 mm 60mm , the last 2 stayed in the bag, only used the 18-55
    with great results, in musea, outdoor, everywhere, also had with me the Leica X2 which also performed well, not as versatile, but IQ on par with the X Pro1.[​IMG]
     
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    Super RED !
     
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    Woaaa! Striking colour, and great resolution into the far distance. To know your workflow would be interesting please?
     
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    Hello Liam,

    Thanks for the compliment,

    My workflow in LR

    All corrections are minor and subtle

    1) Auto exposure, then correct manually

    2) Bring back highlight sllder for more detail

    3) Fill out histogram so you have data from 0 to 100 using black and white sliders and holding the option key on mac

    4) use shadows slider for more detail

    5) Adjust WB

    6) Apply small amount of sharpening, between 20 and 40

    7) Luminance noise correction if required around 10

    8) Presence adjustments

    Done

    Occasionally I apply the gradiant filter and the color corrections : hue, saturation and luminance, careful and sparingly.

    I looked at your images (very beautiful ) , some have some detail missing, in particular the image of the Inislaucht chuch, the trees could use more detail, using the shadow slider and the skye
    would benefit from cutting back the highlights and the gradiant filter, only very minor adjustments required and at this level it might only be a matter of personal taste.

    Best Regards

    Peter
     
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    Thank you Peter. Your care and attention to each aspect shows. Very beautiful.
     
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    When using the 18-55 (on X-Pro 1), are you effectively limited to using EVF... or does the OVF frame somehow adjust to the zoomed focal length? Thanks.

    John
     
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    Stunning reds!
     
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    No, you're not limited to the EVF. You can just as well use the OVF - the OVF's bright frame will adjust with zoomed focal length. You need to manually switch OVF magnification however.
     
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    Thanks! There is definitely an X-Pro 1 in my future.

    John
     
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    If I could offer a couple of suggestions:

    1. Do WB correction as step #1
    2. Do Noise Reduction before Sharpening.
     
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    Liam asked me for MY workflow, that is it, please feel free to give him your workflow.

    If you make alternate suggestions, you should mention why.

    I don't think your suggestions are valid , here is why :

    Address exposure, detail and histogram data range BEFORE WB, can't evaluate colour on improper exposed images or images lacking detail or images that do not have the full histogram data range

    Apply noise reduction AFTER sharpening, sharpening can induce noise that needs to be corrected.

    I am just replaying to your post, this is not the place to get in to a discussion about LR image processing.
     
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    Here is an Image of one of Rembrandt Van Rijn's paintings that I took in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, dimly lit, with the Xpro 1 and the 18-55 , this camera and lens perform flawlessly
    under all circumstances.[​IMG]
     
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    Here are some images of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. taken in the Van Gogh Museum under difficult and low light circumstances with the Xpro1 and 18-55.[​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Competently done Peter, and the more I see of that lens the more I appreciate it.
     
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    OK no problem, you do it your way.
     
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    If you wish to discuss the rational of your LR workflow, please go to the Fuji X post processing forum and open a new thread, I'll be happy to share the rational
    of my LR workflow, please let me know.
     
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    So, I've seen comments here about the 18-55 being soft at the telephoto end, and I've seen comments that it's a great lens overall, but in those negative cases the question was brought up as to whether the shutter speed was too low or the IS wasn't turned on. These things can really make a difference, none of which are the lenses fault. So my question still is: in general, is this considered an okay lens, a good lens, or a great lens? I'm still undecided as to what will be my next lens and slowly selling off my DSLR Canon gear to finance it as I already know that the XPro-1 is going to be my go-to camera from here on.
     
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    Hi Jannie,

    I have the XPro1, the 18-55 and the 55-200. I also have the 35mm and the 60mm. I always take on-line lens reviews very lightly.. without knowing the exact methodology used to test the lens all on-line samples are pretty much useless. So, it will all come down to you either getting to a camera shop and testing the lens you are interested in, or place some trust in the brand that you are purchasing based on your experience. Some of that trust can be based on remarks picked up here an there. To that end, let me add my remarks for you.

    The 18-55 is a fantastic lens as far as the build quality goes. The 55-200 is the same. You would have no regrets with the quality as far as that goes. For me, the 55-200 is the lens that has allowed me to completely retire my DSLR equipment. The 18-55 lens is every bit as good as my equivalent Nikkor in that range and the 55-200 is likewise, just as good as my Nikkor 80-200, albeit with a slower max F-stop.

    So far I have been pleased with every XF lens I have purchased with maybe the 60mm being the exception. The 60mm only disappoints because of the AF performance, not the image quality.

    From your posts It seems that you are really enjoying your Xpro-1.. I think that your enjoyment for this camera will only be enhanced by the XF lenses and if there are any low points they will be minor and your joy of being ride of the DSLR will help you easily overlook them. :)

    It's been said before, but what good is premium glass if it's just too darned heavy to have out in the field with you.. These XF lenses will save your shoulders and encourage you to bring them with you, which is the whole point, isn't it?
     
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    The 60mm only disappoints because of the AF performance, not the image quality.



    Hey Mu,
    Would you say that the lens redeems itself if you want it for portraits and not macro? What I'm getting at is, for portraits, I'm almost never looking for super-quick AF becuase I''m taking my time to engage with the subject.
    Thx, Kevin.
     

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