CONFESSION: I Still Want The Leica Q

This isn’t GAS I swear to God.

It’s just….um…. that I have mixed feeling about the jpegs I am getting from my Fujifilm X100F.

On one hand, I love the black and white photos I get shooting jpeg with my Fuji. On the other hand I do NOT like the color jpegs from Fuji X-Trans sensor bodies, at least when I’m shooting people.

Ergonomically the X100F is perfect, but I’m finding that I have to shoot RAW if I want professionally useable photos for say, my sports photography. See, I typically will use my Fuji for sideline shots and my trusty Canon for the 🦁 lion share of my sports photos. Still, those sideline and crowd shots can make and break a sports portfolio. The Fuji does well enough, but I find the RAW files to be just “okay” as opposed to great, like the RAW files are from the Leica Q. Also, for some stupid fucking reason Lightroom hates Fuji RAW files and drags and bitches rendering 1:1 previews. Also, the waxy skin effect is apparent in Fuji RAW files too when shooting people, although it isn’t NEARLY as bad as it is in jpeg, where it is basically unusable. On the plus side, I must say however, that the Fuji has very useful dynamic range and the RAW files have a lot of play in the sliders….

I’m not going to kill my lovely little Fuji. It produces stunning monochrome images and when NOT shooting people the color jpegs are really good. It’s just that I shoot a ton of stuff in jpeg and I’d really like it if the color jpegs were, you know, decent when shooting people….

Exit.

6 thoughts on “CONFESSION: I Still Want The Leica Q

  1. I’m having a different experience with the new Fujifilm raw files (from my X100F).
    There’s one BIG thing you don’t want to overlook with Lightroom though… that’s the Camera Calibration (for every camera, but especially Fujifilm). If you go into Lightroom’s camera calibration settings, you’ll see it defaults to Adobe Standard…. this is a flat profile that’s never good. If you pull down that dropdown, you’ll see all the Fujifilm film simulations, Classic Chrome, Acros R, Y, etc. etc….. I find that Adobe has done a fantastic job matching the raw calibration with the jpg’s that come out the camera. Yeah, if you leave the camera calibration to Adobe Standard, the raw files are going to be flat and look nothing like what you shot. Just change the camera calibration to whatever simulation you want, and all of a sudden you have the look of Fujifilm JPG with the latitude of a raw file.

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  2. I’m having a different experience with the new Fujifilm raw files (from my X100F).
    There’s one BIG thing you don’t want to overlook with Lightroom though… that’s the Camera Calibration (for every camera, but especially Fujifilm). If you go into Lightroom’s camera calibration settings, you’ll see it defaults to Adobe Standard…. this is a flat profile that’s never good. If you pull down that dropdown, you’ll see all the Fujifilm film simulations, Classic Chrome, Acros R, Y, etc. etc….. I find that Adobe has done a fantastic job matching the raw calibration with the jpg’s that come out the camera. Yeah, if you leave the camera calibration to Adobe Standard, the raw files are going to be flat and look nothing like what you shot. Just change the camera calibration to whatever simulation you want, and all of a sudden you have the look of Fujifilm JPG with the latitude of a raw file.

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  3. Don’t do it! The Q is an expensive 1 trick pony. 28mm gives an interesting perspective, but you may not want that all the time. And you’ll still get distorted features even if you crop. It’s also less pocketable than the X100F due to the size of the lens.

    I agree, the x trans plastic skin look can be off putting in some images, but not all. But that is heavily offset by the portability/capability of the X100 series.

    If you want to dip your toes into Leica and a reasonable portable/cost effective package, perhaps consider a used M9 and a Voigtlander 35mm – cost you 2 grand though. You then have the option to extend your lens collection later. I’ve recently acquired a mint, used M(240) and 35mm Summicron (3.5 grand) – it’s a liberating experience, but I find the M slightly too bulky.

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