Lightroom/Camera Raw: Please support Fujifilm raw (raf) files better

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Hi. 

The X Trans sensors from Fujfilm are not supported/handled good enough in ACR/Lightroom. 

I'm seriously considering switching to Capture One for this single reason. I want to get the best image quality possible, and even though I love Lightroom, I almost feel pressured to switch to Capture One after acquiring my Fujifilm XT-2. I love the camera, but I get disappointed every single time I open up a RAF file in Lightroom. The bad (capture) sharpening is quite frankly embarrassing compared to what I'm used to and expect from Adobe. 

Just google wormy artifacts fuji lightroom to learn more. 
I've tried different settings, but none of them are cutting it.

As I said: Really want to continue using Lightroom. It's been a trusty companion for many years, handling my NEF files just perfectly.
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Patrick Philippot

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> I'm seriously considering switching to Capture One for this single reason.

If this is the only reason, don't. Capture has interesting tools for color handling but its interface is really clumsy and I find the software overpriced. Also, the catalog is very weak compared to Lightroom's.

The solution is Iridient X-Transformer if you're using Windows. It gives better results than C1.
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Yeah, I've looked into Irident earlier. Guess I need to give another go.
BUT, I want Lightroom to give me what Irident does. I'm a professional photojournalist, I need a speedy workflow.

So, Adobe, hire him/her, buy the demosaicing algorithms - make an effort, Adobe!

You've got the money, you've got the skills ... Don't you?? 
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> So, Adobe, hire him/her, buy the demosaicing algorithms - make an effort, Adobe!

Not that easy. X-Transformer uses an algorithm designed for the X-Trans sensor. On the other hand, Lightroom / ACR use a generic algorithm designed for generic Bayer sensors. Integrating the Iridient algorithm into LR/ACR might not be that easy or at least, could generate more costs than the benefit of making more Fuji X-Trans users satisfied. If the latter was a real aim, the problem would probably have been fixed since a long time. X-Trans sensors are a niche that Adobe obviously don't want to take into account seriously.

And above all, I'm not sure that the author of Iridient likes the idea of being hired by Adobe or selling its code to Adobe.

Using X-Transformer in LR is easy and quick and the resulting DNG can be handled like any other RAW file in a non-destructive way.
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I'm sure it's not "easy". But in these AI times where Adobe can identify the faces of my subjects 95 percent of the time, it should be possible for them to identify raf files automatically and go "oops, this is a Fujifilm file, let's switch to our backup ACR algorithm perfected for those files". (Perhaps not correct coding by me, but you understand where I'm going ;) ) 

In any case, would be interesting to hear if Adobe thoughts about this issue. There are a lot of Fujifilm shooters that are considering Capture One / other solutions - and many have already made the switch. 
If they don't want to support us Fuji shooters properly, well, that's their decision. But it would be nice to hear it directly from them. 

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