Just a quick post with some snaps I took while out walking with the kids in North Wales a few days ago. I grabbed my Fuji X100 from storage – a camera I have not used in some time – and started shooting without much thought. I think the agonisingly slow start up time and glacial focus distracted me from checking the camera’s settings, which I only found out layer had been set to JPEG. Ouch.
What this mistake did do was remind me of how wonderful Fuji color is. I very much like the colour coming out of my Sony A7/A7R, along with my Pentax 645Z and Ricoh GR, all of which are wonderfully natural and balanced. But wow, those Fuji JPEGs are beautiful (assuming you are not blowing the highlights because you think you’re shooting in RAW, like I did… like a rookie).
To start with, here’s a shot of the kids wide open at f2. Its sharp without being clinical and this is a straight out of camera image. This lens is fairly kind to people.
Personally, I would like to see Fuji go back to Bayer arrays, because the X-Trans does not play as nicely as Bayer covered sensors in Lightroom, which is where I do my processing. Still, I am sure the colour is just as superb with the X-Trans cameras and an X-Pro 2 is likely to be on the way soon, giving 24MP of juicy color. Pleasant greens is one area where I think Nikons can struggle, yet using same/similar sensors, Sony cameras don’t seem to suffer from the same issue of radioactive yellowy greens. Still, Fuji seems incapable of putting a foot wrong in the color department and what a pleasure it is when you want to keep things simple.