X-Transformer isn't much $ so I purchased it to give it a try. Having used Lightroom since Version 1.0, I'm quite comfortable with it. But the speed at which LR works with RAF files is painful, so I thought I'd try X-Transformer to see if I notice any difference in LR speed and a difference in the RAF details. To date, I haven't been unhappy with the LR RAF processing, just curious if better detail can come out of RAF files and if LR can perform better.
On a recent wedding I shot (that is my primary photography) I had close to 2000 files. Half from XT1, half from XT2. I did the X-Transformer batch conversion of RAF files into compressed DNG. The settings I set in X-Transformer were those of the advice of a couple of photographers on this forum that use X-Transformer and speak highly of it.
Once the X-Transformer batch conversion was done, I fired up LR and imported the DNG folder and then applied my usual colour profile of Astia to all of the images (since by default, just like the RAF files, no colour profile is applied ... so it is necessary to apply one of the Fuji colour profiles to get what I consider to be the correct look). I have no sharpening done in X-Transformer, so I needed to apply a little bit of sharpening in LR (approx value of 25 on the slider). End result looked pretty much the same as LR + RAF that I'm use to (with higher, more aggressive LR sharpening against RAF files).
I found that LR's editing performance (Library and Develop modules) against DNG files was better. It wasn't drastically better (which I had hoped) ... but it was better. I noticed the improvement.
In regards to sharpness or 'worm' effect of foliage, I wasn't pixel peeping too much but didn't notice any difference between my previous customized LR sharpening settings and the X-Transformer results. But my photo subject matter varies quite a bit when shooting a wedding (indoors, then outdoors, bright scene, dark scene, trees and no trees, etc). For those that do a lot of landscapes, they may notice it more than me.
I gave X-Transformer a try because 1) I wanted quicker performance when using LR and 2) if my raw files had more to give me ... I wanted those results. Since many give a convincing argument that X-Transformer appears to resolve potential LR rendering problems (with certain RAF files) and yields quicker DNG file processing (Adobes own design) ... I figured I give it a shot and make it the first step in my workflow.
I'm not a convert yet ... but am fine drinking the Kool-aid.
Edited by Adam Woodhouse, 03 July 2017 - 06:24 PM.
TWO Fujifilm X-T2's
16mm/1.4 | 35mm/1.4 | 10-24mm/4 | 16-55mm/2.8 | 50-140/2.8
Flashes: Fujifilm EF-X500, iNissin i40 and two Yongnou 565's
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Adam Woodhouse, Wedding Photographer