I have been a Adobe Lightroom user since it first came out. I know the software in and out, but the last couple of years I have been unhappy how Lightroom render my Fuji files. The typical “worming” issue is really bad after I got my X-T3, and it’s very difficult to solve.
Yes, I’ve been reading and testing all the solutions posted in different groups. The “own” way for sharpen X-trans files, run all the images through Irident X-transformer and so on without any luck. The worming issue and som kind of wierd pixalation is stil very visible on my images. The problem does not show up on all images, but it’s very strong on images taken at sunrise and sunset, also when the camera is on a tripod and the images are taken with lowest calibrated ISO.
I saw a video from landscape photographer Thomas Heaton, He did a test with prints from Lightroom, and the worming effect was not visible on the printed media. He also mentioned the need for using Irident X-transformer, and that solved the problem. However, Irident does not solve the problems on my X-T3 files! I use the standard settings for conversion from RAF to DNG, and the worms are still very visible.
I shoot 90% images for stock, and for me it’s very important that the digital file looks as good as possible, in fact the quality of the digital file decides wether it’s a sale or not.
Goodbye Lightroom – welcome Capture One
Just to do a small comparsion I downloaded a Capture One trial. Oh man… what a difference! The worming effect was gone, and the images are sharp and crisp. The workflow is a little different, but after a couple of hours I got the hang of it. I guess it will take me only a couple of days to get basics of the “software” into my fingers. From there I need to take a deeper dive, but for me it will not be any problem switching from Lightroom to C1. So, I just decided to go for it. I’m now a owner of C1 2.0, and looking forward to dive deeper into the software.