19 Apr Fuji X & the in-camera converter

Source: Fujifilm Insider

Fujifilm X-T1 & 18-55mm EXPOSURE: 1/125sec f/5.6 ISO 400 In camera converted: Provia H-2 S+


Mirrorless cameras, especially those from Fuji, are changing the way Pro photographers are working! And if you are a DSLR user and think I’m exaggerating, then you are in denial LOL. The biggest and most dramatic advantage of mirrorless cameras, is the EVF. The second biggest advantage comes exclusively from Fujifilm, and that is the in camera RAW converter with its most beautiful film simulations.
Back in the day, we pre-visualized the print as we composed, and had to wait until those slides came back from the lab. Our first DSLR’s sped up this process in a big way, and soon we learned about chimping. RAW files and the histogram became our tools of choice, taking flat RAW images so we can later “sculp” them to our liking on expensive computers. Finally DSLR’s evolved to mirrorless (even though some are still using them today LOL) and especially those from Fujifilm are now revolutionizing the way we create images. The modern EVF’s of most Fuji cameras provide us with the opportunity for that ultimate WYSIWYG experience, of capturing images that you don’ t need to check on the LCD every time since you can now see it in the EVF before you even hit the shutter.


So getting nice JPEG’s straight out of camera is no big news. But a while back something happened that made me appreciate having such a wonderful conversion tool on board my Fuji cameras. While working some images on my MacBook Pro I got stuck on one particular image that I just couldn’t get right. I did this and that, and in the end, I let it go. A few days later I placed the RAF file on my SD card and used the X-Pro2 for some editing and I was pleasantly surprised to find that just after a couple of tries with the tone adjustments I finally got the image I was after. Since then I have come to realize that for certain select images it may be more productive and more fun to do the conversions right on the back of the camera. So don’t underestimate your on-board converter, its a very powerful and capable tool. Of course, if your a RAW shooter none of this really matters, as you can process the images yourself. But what I have found is that no matter how you process them, sometimes what comes out of the onboard converter is just unbeatable….

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