The Fuji X10 still has in Lightroom 4 this original poor sharpening with lots of reticulation.
We have been promised that this poor aspects which may result from an incomplete
demosaicing, would be scrutinized a little more carefully in upcoming releases.
It seems like this has not happened yet in LR 4.1 RC2 and knowing that the development team
has other priorities in complex demosaicing (Fuji X-Pro1), it may be good that the team also have a look
at this with Fuji to get this fixed.
Can someone in the development team can provide us some info/status on that?
A lot of wishful thinking on your part. Adobe has never commented on the status of their development process. If this is a problem that has been acknowledged then you can rest assured that they are working on it and will provide a solution when it's ready.
The 4.1 update did not resolve the issue.
The DPReview in depth review has been published and, for the first time ever, I read that the camera generated JPG outperforms the developed Raw file by a large margin, mostly due the radically different non-Bayer sensor design.
I'm going on vacation in less than a week. I'll be shooting Raw+JPG knowing that, for the most of the shoots, I'll be going for the JPG version.
This is a serious issue for general workflow, where JPG version is meant to be treated as ready made preview while waiting for the Raw file to be demosaicized. Now the Raw and the JPG shouldnt be treated as a whole, because of the difference in size and quality. They become effectively two different shots. I can't rely on proper camera calibration for the Raw alone, so the look&feel of the photos I'll take with th X10 won't be as homogeneous as expected.
To tell the truth the X10 is just a walk around camera I bought for casual occasions and for my best half. My D300 will do the heavy lifting. I naively thought that I could have treated my X10 Raw files as any other NEF. Just normalize and add a bit of spice. I was wrong.
Let me state that I admire so much the work of Eric and his collegues. Lightroom is a piece of art. X10 support, however, is mediocre at best.
What's the latest? Still no proper raw support for the Fujifilm X-10. I just revisited some of my old RAF files, taken before I switched to using JPGs as the only realistic approach, and converted in LR. They look pretty inadequate. Did I hear rumours that Fuji is actually talking to Adobe? Or is this wishful thinking?
I'm not loving the way Lightroom 4 reacts to the X10's RAW (RAF) files. It seems that Lightroom slows right down to being unworkable. I use a Nikon D800 as my main camera and the RAW (NEF) files from that, although huge, work fine without any impact on the speed of lightroom. It's early days for me with the X10 and it is alovely bit of kit, ideal for street photography where my DSLRs are just too big to carry around on a day to day basis.
The photos coming out of the X10 are looking brilliant and I think I'll end up shooting as JPegs, but I would like the option to pull out the shadows and highlights that RAW gives.
After some trials / errors on sharpening, I came with 2 possible options below.
The first one provides a rather aggressive sharpening, though detail and masking mitigate it.
The second one is way less aggressive, but as such provides slightly less crispy look to the images.
Option 1 :
Sharp : Amount 110, Radius 0.6, Detail 10-15, Masking 55 to 65
Noise : Luminance 10-15, Detail 80, Contrast 35
Color 10-15, Detail 30
Sharp amount : 30 to 50, Radius 0.6, detail 30 to 60, masking 20, luminance and color as above.
Provides a sharp and very smooth no-grain sharpening.
I've tried everything to get a normal workflow. I really love LR and also the X10. Now I am forced to do jpeg which goes against my grain. (pun intended).
I have practiced every work a round I could find and no results are acceptable. I wish Adobe and Fuji would drink a beer and find a meeting of the minds so that we users could get on with life with the products we pay for.