X10 At The Faire

I took the Fujifilm X10 to the Maryland Renaissance Festival today. We had also planned to join a photo walk group at an area farm to shoot some sunflowers, but the weather didn't cooperate with that. The Renaissance Festival did give me a good opportunity to play, however. On thing I'd heard about the Fujifilm cameras is that the in-camera RAW conversion is excellent -- better than Adobe's raw converter -- so I thought I'd shoot RAW+JPEG so I could compare the internal conversions to Lightroom. Here's one such comparison:

One interesting thing I noticed in the conversions is that Adobe's raw processing slightly distorts the image aspect ratio. From an appearance standpoint, I can't see any reason to not use the JPEGs out of the camera. They are as good or better than what I can make in Lightroom. I'll most likely shoot RAW+JPEG, so that I have the opportunity to re-convert the images if I want to, as the Fujifilm cameras have the unique ability to reprocess RAW files if they're put back in the camera later.

As I mentioned previously, the camera can emulate different Fuji films internally. The camera default is to emulate Provia, but I generally prefer Velvia for its richer colors and higher contrast.

One function I wasn't able to try out was the "Intelligent Zoom." When you're RAW or RAW+JPEG, the function is not available. Since we're planning to go back to the Renaissance Festival fora while tomorrow, I'll turn off raw for a while so I can play with the zoom.

It's also possible to in-camera cropping and resizing, but those functions are best reserved for quick web posting or e-mailing.

As far as handling goes, while I'm still getting used to the placement of the various controls, I found shooting with the X10 very refreshing. It's fast and light and ... fun!

Here's are a few more pictures from today:

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Six Snaps

I grabbed a couple of snapshots [with the new Fujifilm X10] on my commute home this afternoon. Nothing spectacular, but they do show the three different Fuji film simulations: Provia, Velvia and Astia. All of the images in this post were shot as large fine 3:2 JPEG files, and are straight from the camera.

This farm looks much better in morning light, but I was running late this morning and didn't have time to stop. Anyway ... All three shots are at ISO 400, f/8 and anywhere between 1/850 and 1/1100 shutter speed. The buildings are about 1/4 mile away. And, although you can't quite see it on the web versions of the pictures, pixel-peeping reveals that there's actually visible detail in the fence at the middle of the picture -- you can actually see the wires in the fence "fabric" the farmer used to make the fence.

For the next series, Donna got to be my guinea pig.

All three of these are hand-held in the kitchen under about 160 watts of incandescent light. At ISO800, there is visible noise, but I don't think it's objectionable. The third shot with the digital zoom enabled is pretty darned impressive. You simply can't tell it's on, even pixel-peeping in Lightroom 5.2.

Obviously, I have a bit to learn about using this camera -- it's a different beast when compared to any other digital camera I've used. I can't wait 'till the weekend when I get to shoot with it at the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

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