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X-Pro 2 Diary: Some Software Updates (or lack thereof)

X-Pro 2 Diary: Some Software Updates (or lack thereof)

There have been a couple of software updates recently that I haven’t covered because I was busy with other things. Capture One received a semi major update, and Apple updated its Raw software for MacOS. Both of these are of interest to Fuji X-Pro 2 shooters, not so much because of what’s in them, but because of what’s missing.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20

Firstly, Apple has released another update to add raw support for newer cameras to OS X. The list includes the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - Canon EOS 80D - Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D / Kiss X80
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 Mark II / GX80 / GX85
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 / TX1
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Notable by its absence is the aforementioned Fuji X-Pro 2. This has been the second Raw update from Apple since the X-Pro 2 shipped and there’s still no sign of support from Apple. Even if you have no intention of using Photos (or the older Aperture) with your X-Pro 2, lack of proper support means that you can’t even preview your RAF files in the finder or even get proper thumbnails for them.

Capture One 9.2

Phase One released a larger than usual point upgrade to Capture One, which adds some new features to the organisational side of the software. The new features listed are as follows:

  • Select and deselect Primary Variant
  • Select previous and next 'Sets' of variants
  • Select by same Variant position
  • Select from File name list
  • Keyboard shortcuts for cursor tools
  • Keyboard shortcut editor improvements
  • Batch “Create Masked Layer from Selection”
  • Better TIFF color consistency (what you see in Capture One looks like what you see in Photoshop)
  • Multi image editing roundtrip for Helicon Focus

Unfortunately for X-Pro 2 users, support for the camera remains as “Preliminary”. This means that there are still a good few issues with using an X-Pro 2 with Capture One at the moment. For a start, compressed RAW files aren’t supported. Secondly, lens correction isn’t supported, and you can’t add correction manually either. This even includes using correcting chromatic aberration correction properly, which is a serious limitation. Finally, in my opinion the calibration is off. In my testing it seems to me that the black levels for the X-Pro 2 are sett up quite a bit, and images appear flat. While this is easily fixed, it’s still not quite at the level of quality that 16mp X-Trans cameras offer.

I hope they rectify this soon. If the X-T2 gets released and it has the same sensor, then maybe there might be more movement on this front, but for now, as someone who really likes Capture One, this is a bit of a pain.

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