Camera Raw/Lightroom: Fuji X-T3 worms and classic negative

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would it be possible to use a more aggressive standard sharpening (selecting a traditional USM vs the one with details that seems creating worms effect?)

will be ever released a version of LR with CLASSIC NEGATIVE PROFILE for X-T3 (sensor is the same of X-PRO3 so should be easy doing it)

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Gianfranco
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Posted 5 months ago

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The solution is called Capture One ;) This AI stuff of Adobe which should solve that problem is unusable slow. Takes an eternity per image.
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I use Capture One too, but I'd rather prefer lightroom
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As best as the Fuji community can tell, the worms, watercolor smearing, and general lack of fine detail in some Fuji X-Trans images are caused by Lightroom's demosaic algorithm, not Lightroom's sharpening.  Sharpening just gets the most attention because it makes those artifacts more visible.  And certain sharpening settings (especially the detail slider) can exacerbate the problems more than others.

Regardless, the end result is Lightroom's rendering of Fuji files is far worse than every other raw processor out there.

Adobe has offered an awkward band-aid with Enhance Details- create a whole new DNG that is 3 times the size and usually you'll get better details without worms, but sometimes you'll also get false detail and weird patterns (for example, see: https://diglloyd.com/blog/2019/20191111_0814-AdobeCameraRawEnhanceDetails-issues-make-it-unusable.ht...)

The only practical answer at this point is give up on Lightroom if you are committed to being a Fuji shooter and value fine detail with no weird image artifacts.

I know this sounds super negative, but this has been a constant issue in Fuji land for years and from the perspective of Fuji shooters, Adobe has done nothing to acknowledge the issue or address it.  Still to this day you find very frequently new posts in Fuji forums asking about these weird image artifacts in Lightroom.

A while ago a prominent Adobe employee told me Lightroom/ACR engineers were aware of the issue but she couldn't give any details.  A few months later Enhance Details was released.  I really hope that wasn't the final proposed solution.

Bottom line: ACR/Lightroom needs a new X-Trans demosaic algorithm that can
  1. hold its own against the image quality of Capture One and Iridient Digital, and
  2. not require doubling your library's image count with DNGs that are 3 times the size of your original raws.




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I agree with you. So... then I need to evaluate if paying or not lightroom subscription renewal
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Yeah, it's a tough one.