If you’ve been reading this blog for the past couple of weeks you will know that I became frustrated by the quality of my Fuji images. The result was that I purchased a micro 43 camera. A Panasonic G9 to be precise.
I’ve now been out a couple of times with the G9 now and I’m pleased with the results. More importantly, I’m finding it a pleasure to carry and work with. The lenses are smaller and the accessory equipment lighter. Photography when walking is a more enjoyable experience, and the image quality is good. Here’s an example from a walk yesterday over near Ladybower where I was shooting some stock Autumn images.
Now for the Fuji XTrans
When I was making my decision to purchase the G9 I said that I wasn’t abandoning the Fuji system. Having spent a lot of time trying to extract the best image quality from the Fuji XTrans RAW files I was certain the problem was software related. There is a clear difference in image quality between different RAW converters. Some seem to turn the fine image detail to mush whilst others create an odd, cartoon effect.
Then someone mentioned they didn’t have any problems with the “wiggle worm” effect when responding to last week’s post. They said they used Lightroom but turned off all sharpening and noise reduction before applying Topaz DeNoise early in their processing.
Usually, I ignore it when someone says they don’t see the problem with Lightroom. It’s the way Adobe demosaic the RAW files that cause the effect. But this reply got me thinking and I decided to try something similar. I turned off the noise reduction and sharpening and applied all my adjustments in Lightroom. I then took the image into Photoshop where I applied Topaz Sharpener AI (I found this better than DeNoise) on a new layer. The results are quite simply staggering.
I won’t say anything more now but I’m planning a video on the subject when I’ve done further investigation.
Thank you to Graham Thorpe for suggesting this.
What Made me Consider a G9
Back in the post where I was considering another camera, I also said that I couldn’t share why. Now I can.
I’d been trying out the new DxO PhotoLab 4 which launched earlier this week. I had a pre-release version which was under NDA until now. It was using the new DeepPRIME feature (as well as a few others) that made me realise how good the results from the G9 could be.
You can watch my review video for PhotoLab on YouTube (https://youtu.be/wpNu0qmpKFM).
I hope that you’ve found something in my rambling interesting and have a great weekend.