Fujifilm X-H1 – My long time experiences

My recent switch to Nikon Z full-frame camera has taken my thoughts off from Fujifilm cameras, but I wrote part of this text before the switch so I thought why not share it. This is a long term review of the X-H1.

Background

I am a hobby photographer. I admit that technology and gear interests me at least as much as the process of photography. I have no real clear goals with photography. For me photography means mostly getting rid of the surroundings and other thoughts and I can concentrate, almost meditate, around the subjects and photo taking process. What I would like to photograph is tabletop still life, but building a home studio has been delayed because of the COVID. I have photographed and taken videos of my daughter riding a horse. Maybe that has been the biggest deciding factor to which gear I have at the moment.

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My dream camera from Fujifilm

After the time spent with a Fujifilm camera and some lenses I have thought through many times the decisions Fujifilm has made with their cameras and lenses. Having read many stories about the decisions and forum posts about them, I have a bit differing opinion what Fujifilm should do next. And this is, at the same time, my dream camera.

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Uninstalled the X-RAW Studio

This might be a rant. Towards Fuji. But I have overcome the moment of having feelings about this. My X-H1 has a broken USB-port. It cannot get connection to my computer and thus to X-RAW Studio anymore. I guess I have had my share of experimenting with the film simulations. It is very unfortunate, that the X-RAW Studio is dependant of the camera. And so eventually there comes a time when the X-RAW Studio becomes useless.

I primarily use Capture One for post processing. But I love that my camera can produce beautiful JPEGs SOOC. I can still tune the looks in-camera, but is is a burden compared to the possibility to test different settings in X-RAW -studio.

Short sigh. Life goes on. And maybe I can afford a new camera at some point.

My in-camera film simulations are based on my previous experience and I have mostly now shot photos with Astia. It just looks so good with different subjects, were it nature, urban or people related. Astia is also a film simulation that can be tweaked to many different looks, though I mostly use only one setup with it.

Now, back to Capture One…

Basics CC -style for Capture One

Fuji’s film simulation Classic Chrome was for a long time a favorite style among Fuji camera users. Now it has lost some of it’s appeal for those Fuji camera users that have access to the Classic Negative. Neither of these film simulations have appealed to me. But I wanted to understand better why the Classic Chrome doesn’t work for me. And I wanted to see if there were any way to improve the look for my own use.

I didn’t want to start with the Capture One’s original Classic Chrome style (which is limited to be used with Fuji’s RAF-files) but made a version for myself from the scratch. My version is not an exact copy of the film simulation, but I tried to copy the look as much I could so that I had “right” look to start from.

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My styles based on Fujifilm -curves for Capture One

This time I have made some styles that specifically require the Fujifilm -version of Capture One.

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Monochrome+R film simulation

All the merit for this particular film simulation setting goes to Kevin Mullins that calls this setting “Padilla” after Darcy Padilla. You can check Kevin’s thoughts and photos taken with this setting in his site https://f16.click/tips/fujifilm-jpeg-settings.html

Why posting about the same simulation setting then? I want to list in my blog the simulations I like and use and give some more photos to show how the setting looks like.

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Fuji Velvia film simulation

There is probably nothing I could add to the vast information available of this film and film simulation. I personally don’t care if the simulation is accurate representation of the film or not, but I really love the bold colors of this film simulation. I use Velvia for anything nature related.

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