I bought a new Fuji x100f a year and a half ago, and early this year I sent my previous Fuji X100s to a friend of mine at the hospital I volunteer at in India. He has the camera up and running, and is asking me questions, but I hate to admit it - I’ve lost track of how the thing works. So, I got out my own Fuji, went through all the settings, helped him as much as possible, then went to to take some photos with it today. Geez, my brain is turning to mush. I couldn’t remember how to get it into spot metering (turns out you have to turn off eye detection, then that works), and other similar non-logical stuff. For many reasons it was a great camera for me to use in India, but since January it has just been sitting. Anyway, I needed to process today’s images, so I can send them to my friend tonight.
Fast forward to a few hours ago. I know PL4 doesn’t understand the X-TRANS sensor on the Fuji, so I set the camera to capture RAW+JPG. When I got home, I used Photo Mechanic to ingest the files from the memory card into my new 2021 filing system, lumping images from all cameras together.
I tried to edit the Fuji RAF files, but PL4 as expected didn’t work with them. Knowing I was wasting my time, I converted the RAF images to DNG files, which made things even worse - I couldn’t even see the small image from the thumbnail. So, I simply used PL4 to edit the JPG files. That worked fine. I was able to use most of the PL4 tools I’ve been learning about, excluding tools that require raw images such as deep prime.
While I didn’t feel limited by the originals being jpg, I know it would be better if I could use RAW, and second best would be TIFF. I will be passing all this onto my friend in India.
Here’s one of the 7 images from today:
And here’s what I edited:
(small changes, the composition I wanted, and at the exact time I wanted to shoot)
My sort of more serious question here, is going from RAF format to JPG format, I know I’m throwing away a lot of the potentially useful data. Am I correct that if I can find a good converter from RAF to TIFF, that would be far better for potential editing? I think I’ll call Fuji Tech Support tomorrow morning - they’ve always been very helpful.
Thanks in advance, and as usual, if anyone wants to try to get something prettier out of the original, you’re welcome to do so.