Camera Raw/Lightroom: Fuji X-Trans Support?

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Is Fuji X-Trans support being worked on?

I appreciate that the support is better now than it was, but the reality is that Lightroom is still a long way behind other RAW developers, all of which are less well funded and with smaller teams working on the software.

Lightroom has been the leader in RAW processing an image cataloging as far back as I can recall; but with the Fuji X-Trans files many people I know are leaving Adobe Lightroom for one of the many other developers, all of which are producing far better results than Adobe Lightroom.

Ones I have personally tested are as follows:

Iridient Developer
Photo Ninja
LightZone
Capture One
Aperture
SilkyPix
Raw Therapee

Iridient is very good, and this is a piece of software made by a single man.

My question is, if he can get it right, why can't Adobe? They have been leaders in innovation for many years but it seems in some areas now they are falling behind - I have never seen so many people leave a major developer for smaller independent ones, but to Fuji users (both enthusiasts and professionals) it's a pretty simple decision when you compare results.

So all I'd like to know is if my patience sticking with Lightroom is justified, and whether a solution is being worked on - or will always be worked on. Or is it a case that the users wanting such a change are not enough to support such work.
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In Lightroom, I set the default camera profile to Fujifilm STD (LR's version of in camera STD film profile).  I then took some photographs as JPG+RAW with my X-H1.

When comparing the JPG to the RAW in Lightroom (with the Fuji STD Film Profile), straight import, no other adjustments made by me (LR did apply some sharpening), I found really no difference between the in camera film profiles and the imported RAW file.  
Unfortunately, if you shoot with another film profile in camera and have the STD film profile set as default, the in-camera profile will not automatically apply.  I wish it did.  You can however, change file simulation profiles at any time in LR.

As for Lightroom's emulation of the Fujifilm STD film profile, I can't really say the in camera JPG and the imported RAW file in LR look any different.  In fact, the raw file seemed to have a little better distortion control that the JPG did around the edges (16-55 mm lens at 16 mm).

Could I get better sharpening from other raw converters ... perhaps ... haven't tried ... but I am pleased at how well Lightroom matches the in camera film simulations of my X-H1, in color, shading, sharpness, etc.



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the in-camera profile will not automatically apply.  I wish it did.  You can however, change file simulation profiles at any time in LR
To do it semi-automatically, matching the FS you set in the camera, see my X-LR plugin.
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Thanks.  I checked out your product and am impressed.  Purchased it.  This is a feature that I have emailed Adobe about a few times. Not to take away business from you, but Adobe already did the hard part with all their profiles for the different cameras, Fuji included, and all they have to do is apply them automatically.  Anyway,  not trying to steal this thread, just wanted to say thanks.
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Glad you like it! I have asked Adobe myself many times over the years.
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Sadly, I've switched over to Capture One for my Fuji processing. It's really too bad, but at this rate of improvement, one can't keep waiting for Adobe.
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I've switched over happily after being with Lightroom from day one. I far prefer capture One.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled fujifilm RAF files (watercolor, worming, and oil painting effect).

I've had Adobe Lr for ten years now and I love the workflow and editing tools it offers. I just recently switched to Fujifilm and have discovered the shortcomings around Adobe's Fuji file rendering problems. It's been a known problem for a long time that Adobe does not render Fujifilm files very well. If you zoom in, anything with fine detail ends up looking like an oil painting mess. If you try to sharpen a Fuji file, the image becomes "wormy". I unfortunately will be discontinuing my Adobe software package and will be migrating to another software because I have very little hope that Adobe will be fixing these handful of issues surrounding Fujifilm anytime soon.

One thing I think Adobe needs to understand is that FujiFilm is a major player in the photography industry now and it would benefit them to get on board with reading and displaying Fuji files, especially now that it's so easy for your customers to just walk away from your software with the subscription based service
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Thank you.  I'm tired of resisting the lure of LR's competitors like Capture One.  I'm tired of Adobe doing nothing about this HUGE problem for Fuji shooters.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Fujifilm X-Trans handling.

It is no secret that Lightroom does not handle Fujifilm files well at all. It creates very undesirable worming and/or oil painting effect that are frankly downright atrocious. I understand this is because Lr is built to handle files from Bayer type sensors used by Canon, Nikon, etc. but my question is when will Adobe finally take the time to PROPERLY handle X-Trans files? Fujifilm is officially a major player in the photography game and they should be taken a little more seriously. Furthermore, much smaller software companies like Iridiant have managed to render X-Trans files just fine so why can't Adobe figure it out? With it being so easy to just cancel your monthly subscription, I would think Adobe would be doing everything they can to fix these very blatant issues before they start losing customers, myself included. Adobe, just fix this issue that has been plaguing Fuji shooters for literally years. I love the user interface and workflow of Lr but I'm very seriously considering ditching Lr for Capture 1 to gain the image quality I can't get from Adobe
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I'm very seriously considering ditching Lr for Capture 1 to gain the image quality I can't get from Adobe
I would say, refrain from doing this. I purchased a C1 license to handle my X-Trans file. C1 also has a lot of problems and an awkward user interface that should be re-designed. Moreover, updates are becoming extremely expensive.

My current best solution is to use Iridient X-Transformer which gives excellent results and allows me to work from within LR.
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Good to know. I've been trying out the free version of Capture 1 (version 11) and I agree withy you. The interface is cumbersome. Way too much clicking around from menu to menu to get to different tools. As much as I hate Adobe right now, Lr still wipes the floor on user interface. Everything is in the right place and easy to get to. Does the worming/oil painting effects go away when you first process in X-transformer? and when I bring it back into Lr, are the film simulations intact? Those are the two things I want most
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Does the worming/oil painting effects go away when you first process in X-transformer?
Yes. And you get much more details than in LR.
and when I bring it back into Lr, are the film simulations intact
Yes, they are still available. Actually, I'm doing nothing in LR before the file has been converted to a DNG by X-Transformer. Then, the DNG can be handled like the original file. You can download a free demo. Just try...
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> Way too much clicking around from menu to menu to get to different tools. 

you know that you can customize that and group tools in tabs as you wish ? or make them floating too ?

> As much as I hate Adobe right now

"... Adobe, do you realize with monthly subscriptions, people can just cancel and move to another developer?..." 

that is what I thought... blah-blah-blah
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1:1 zoom on a mossy log taken on my X-T3 + Fujinon 18-55 kit lens. Capture 1 on the left, latest version of Lightroom as of 12/11/18 on the right. Same file, no edits done to them at all. This shot is straight OOC. I did not sign up for oil painting classes then I switched to Fuji. This is atrocious and the fact that Adobe has done next to nothing to fix the problem speaks volumes to their feelings towards their customers opinions. Adobe, do you realize with monthly subscriptions, people can just cancel and move to another developer? Why haven't you guys figured this out yet?
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>  people can just cancel and move to another developer?

reminds me some people whining when Trump was elected that they can just move to Canada... the last time I checked they still whining from here :-) ... how about you put your money where your mouth is  ?
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"reminds me some people whining when Trump was elected that they can just move to Canada... the last time I checked they still whining from here :-) " 

This is probably what Adobe hopes for with Lightroom too :D
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You're missing the point. We don't wish to move away from Lightroom because we like the interface more than any other program. It makes the most sense and is intuitive. We will if we have to but we'd prefer not to. We're simply reminding Adobe that none of their customers are bound to them by anything. Secondly, this just shouldn't be a problem in the first place. Adobe has boat loads of money and more than enough people to fix the problem rather quickly. If one man can figure it out, surely Adobe can with an entire team.
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That's a really stupid argument from DP Home. Basically either like it or lump it?

User feedback is how society progresses, it's also how software evolves otherwise it would be the same product it was back in 2007. In fact it's what this entire forum is for. IF you don't understand that what are you doing here?

You buy the tool to do the job, and Lightroom promises to do the job but fails spectacularly. As a customer who's invested in a piece of software you have all the right to complain or provide feedback. This is how things evolve.

Any new users coming into Lightroom in 2018 for Fuji camera's are moving away soon after; but older users who have huge catalogues of edits are reluctantly staying and hoping for improvement, begging for improvement; they like many aspects, they may shoot other cameras, and they like the integration with Photoshop, InDesign et al.

The frustrating thing for me, and may other Fuji users is that so many other, less well developed, less funded, smaller businesses and even a couple of individual developers are doing Fuji RAW conversion SO MUCH BETTER than Adobe!

This is a company with a team of over 17,000 employees and profits of $1.8 BILLION DOLLARS.
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It's not just the Fuji issue now....

There has been no response from Adobe as to Lightrooms inability to merge catalogs since they introduced Cloud.

Shocking arrogant dismissal of their customers
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Exactly, the wider issues really is if they are unwilling to improve performance for Fuji cameras (Fuji being one of the best selling Premium cameras of recent years, and also featuring in many top places for CSC category) where does it end? No support for Sony next, then the new Canon and Nikons?

Let's be honest, Adobe have rested on their laurels since moving to a subscription based licensing product. They no-longer have to innovate or improve like they did back in the days of perpetual software licences.
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> Lightrooms inability to merge catalogs since they introduced Cloud. 

Do you have a link to the bug thread on that issue? It's not ringing a bell, but I may be looking for different phrasing.
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Hi Victoria,

Here you go...

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/community/threads/unable-to-merge-catalogs.36549/#post-1240750

I'm trying to find the threads on other forums that I read when I first encountered the problem.

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Thanks Adam. If there isn't a thread here, start one. The engineers can't keep up with every forum on the web, but they do track things here.
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Sure...but those last two are Adobe's own forum! Surely they're monitoring that!?
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Technically the other one is just a user to user forum that's hosted by Adobe. There are support staff that post there occasionally, but issues can easily get lost in the volume of content, whereas this site is set up specifically to track bugs and feature requests and specialist staff monitor it for issues. So over there is a bit more potluck, whereas here gets in front of the right people.
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Thanks for clarifying that. Good to know for the future. Unless somebody else releases something suitable at which point I'll be off in a flash!
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> That's a really stupid argument from DP Home

I read these whinings about Fuji demosaick for ages... Adobe Camera Raw team knows about demosaicking quality for X-Trans very well... so at this moment you need to vote with your wallet or suck it and wait, that's it... I personally simply use X-Transformer with ACR and CaptureOne based on what I want... I certainly keep Adobe products because I use other cameras
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> IF you don't understand that what are you doing here?

unlike your useless musings what drives the progress I simply move the progress with my wallet ($$$ -> C1) - feedback was provided to Adobe a lot... if they can't do it after all that time there is reason for that... it might be the issue of how their code is written (see stupid suggestions about using DCP profiles in C1 form people who have no clue how C1 works) or for example something similar to the reason related to Foveon & DNG (see ex Adobe's employee Zalman Stern public comment as to why - https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/22605268 ) or why Fuji film emulations are hardcoded inside the ACR/LR code and not publicly available as new .XMP profile-presets... 
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So, once again, why are you even here? If you've moved away from Lightroom and feel forums are "useless" it begs the question why you're actively visiting and even posting around forums dedicated to the thing you find "useless"

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4 years now, still top of the list, still a problem, and still no word or reply from Adobe reps....
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Are you going to celebrate this anniversary somehow? :D
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I sit naked in my studio and burn my old copies of Lightroom; one for each year that passes by without a reply from Adobe. I am currently up to Lightroom 4 so still a few more to go until I burn my current copy rendering Lightroom completely gone from this place.
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From the sad but true category--when Adobe reported quarterly earnings at the end of August, their profits skyrocketed.  Which probably partially explains their lack of action on Fuji raw files.  In other words, the base of Fuji shooters, and those who use Adobe Lightroom to develop their images is probably not worth the effort.   Anyhow, it appears as if there are several other players trying to take that very small portion of the LR community and thats a good thing!  
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Innovation down, support down and yet profits up. They have a monopoly right now and that speaks volumes for the way customers are treated. There's room in the market for smaller developers but it's hard with such a force the size of Adobe.
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This might be a tricky one. Imagine they will implement better Fuji RAW processing. Great, right?But what should happen really? Should it be applied only to newly added photos? Or should it be applied to the all pictures in the cloud you already edited and tuned (including noise, sharpening...) and mess them a little maybe?

I am all in for improvements, but this aspect of implementation should be part of this discussion.
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I guess a change like that would have to be part of a new process version, so you would actively have to update old images.
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That would require an GUI changes like adding button or additional option to the right click menu just for Fuji .RAF files. 
And only for that one-time operation. Imagine you decide to apply that to all of your pictures. You probably go to All photos, filter just Fuji cameras, select all, right click, click something like "Process with new Fuji engine" and that would be pretty much it. And you will have this option inactive and greyed out and sitting there for the rest of the days :D
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