FinePix S5 Pro RAW Highlight Recovery

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“Home, sweet home” with FinePix S5 Pro

[original text by Le Chibouki frustré for Fuji S5 Pro User Group on Flickr. Use with permission from the author]

photo: Le Chibouki frustré

As a well deserved favor to a friend, you will find an English text at the end. Take note that I didn’t feel like translating the whole thing, so I started from scratch. Ironical, I prefer the later one… 😉

——- TEXTE FRANÇAIS ——-

Comme les saumons, ma chère Fuji S5 Pro est de nouveau revenue au bercail!

Aussi ridicule que ce soit, je ne pourrais dire précisément le nombre de fois que j’ai possédé cette caméra. J’hésite entre 3 ou 4, mais je ne pourrais dire avec exactitude… 😉

De toutes les caméras que j’ai possédé, et Dieu sait qu’il y en a eu plusieurs, ça reste ma préférée!

Ce n’est pas la plus rapide, son écran LCD est à chier, ses menus peu conviviales, la définition de ses images est inférieure à ses pairs, mais ce ne sont que des détails en comparaison avec ses deux grandes qualités, soit la qualité inégalé de ses couleurs (voir les 7 photos que j’ai ajoutées avant celle-ci) et, surtout, son extraordinaire gamme dynamique.

On ne parle pas d’une gamme dynamique recréée artificiellement comme c’est le cas avec la plupart des autres manufacturiers (Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc), mais bien d’une gamme dynamique qui est préservée grâce à un capteur propre à Fuji.

En guise d’exemple voir le montage ci-haut. A gauche une photo que j’ai volontairement surexposée, et à droite la même photo que j’ai réussi à sauver à l’aide du fichier RAW. D’ailleurs, sachez que j’aurai été en mesure de la surexposer un peu plus sans problèmes. En échange on se retrouve avec des fichiers RAW très volumineux (25 mo), mais c’est un moindre mal considérant la quantité d’information qu’il contiennent. D’ailleurs, si vous agrandissez la photo, vous pourrez constater qu’il n’y a aucune perte de détails!!

Cela dit, je dois admettre qu’il faudrait être soit sérieusement incompétent, ou soit très malchanceux pour surexposer une photo de la sorte, mais une maladresse est si vite arrivée.

Merci S5 Pro d’être de retour dans ma vie, gracieuseté d’un incroyable coup du destin (elle ne m’a coûté que $250, et cela malgré le fait qu’elle ne comptait que 6000 actualisations), et cette fois-ci je te jure que je ne te laisserai plus partir.

Parole d’un ancien scout… 😉

PS: Je vous suggère de lire le texte an anglais, car il est différent de celui que vous venez de lire… 😉

——- ENGLISH TEXT ——-

Once upon a time a young man who, after entering a local photography shop, fell it love with a camera.

Don’t ask me why, because I knew little about the S5 Pro back then, but it was love at first sight. It will sound corny, but I almost felt like those people who, after having met their husband (or wife) for the the very first time, knew that he (or she) was the one! As ridiculous as it’s sound, I am feeling emotional writing this!

On the other hand, I knew it was an impossible relationship, because upon his release, the S5 Pro considerable price tag was way beyond what I could afford. At $2300, it was almost twice the price of it’s older cousin the D200 (as you might know, they share the same body), a price I could never afford.

Unfortunately for Fuji, but fortunately for some of us, regardless of it’s praises, the S5 Pro was a commercial flop, and less than 2 years after his release, Fuji decided to get rid of his remaining unsold units by dropping it’s price, from $1800 (if i remember correctly) to a spectacular $999.99!! That’s when I was first able to put my hands on that precious little thing.

Since then, including the one I am using now, I owned four S5 Pro! Four!!

How come? Because I was not very good with money, and once in a while I got broke, and I had to find money where I could find it. It’s a bad habit, but what can I say.

There’s been a lot of good cameras in my hands, among them the Nikon’s D200 and D600, Canon’s 30D and 60D, but as good as those cameras are, none got close to what I love about the S5, mainly the colors and, of course, it’s amazing dynamic range. By the way, in case you are not that familiar with this camera, the photo from the right was rescued from the (voluntary) overexposed image on the left, thank’s to the S5 amazing RAW files.

Like in every couples, nothing is perfect. The S5 Pro buffer is slow as hell, the camera’s menus are not very consumer friendly, his LCD screen is crappy. the long-range details are inferiors to his peers, but what the heck… Nothing’s perfect… 😉

This said, I had long lost any hopes to ever own this camera, thank’s to the high prices that most people ask for (according to the second-hand market, a 7 years old used camera, which closing price was $1000, should sale for $350, not $700!), but last week I saw one on sale at a local camera store. I don’t know how much the previous owner got for, but I only paid $250 for it! I couldn’t believe it!

It’s a hell of a bargain for a S5 Pro in excellent shape (the owner was a profession photographer), with a shutter count of only 6 600!!! The only negative thing I have spotted so far is that there’s 6 or 7 visible burned pixels, but that’s easily fixable in Photoshop.

Thanks to be back in my life dear S5 and, this time, it’s till death do us part… 🙂

Zeiss releases Touit lenses for Fujifilm X-Mount

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Get the information HERE.

Battle of the X’s

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Fujifilm and Adobe Working to Improve Raw Processing of X-Trans CMOS

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Fujifilm and Adobe Systems Incorporated have been working together to improve image processing of X-Trans and EXR-Sensor based raw captures. X-Trans CMOS has a new type of sensor filter array developed by Fujifilm to improve image quality. The release of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 today offers significant improvements in the processing of X-Trans raw files for the X100S, X20, X-Pro1 and X-E1, resulting in better Moire reduction and enhanced performance in color reproduction.

“We worked closely with Fujifilm to increase the quality of image processing of X-Trans and EXR-Sensor based raw captures,” said Tom Hogarty, group product manager, Adobe. “Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 demonstrate the results of this cooperation and provide remarkable improvements in the raw file rendering.”

Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

Fujifilm X100S Hands-on Review

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Fujifilm price list at IT Show 2013

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All prices are in Singapore dollars (SGD).