Fuji X-E1 RAW Aperture conversion

Hi, came home and downloaded the update for Aperture RAW file conversions for Fuji X-Trans sensor. I was wondering when Apple would sort this out and finally it has arrived. Readers of my blog will know that to date I have not shot RAW and very much enjoy shooting my Fuji’s with jpeg. This is just a “look see” for me rather than I need to shoot RAW.

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More images and thoughts on the process
Please be aware I am in no way an expert in RAW processing or have much experience in this format, my blog is simply my own personal opinion, findings and results as I need for my photography.
I have some issues with the whole RAW thing. I guess it much depends on the type of work you do with photography as to your requirement to shoot jpeg or RAW. Now that I have the opportunity to try both I thought I would take a look using Aperture.
First thing to notice is the work speed. Working with RAW is slow ….. Really slow. I am using a 2008 MacBook Pro and a 2012 MacBook Pro both with 4Gb Ram and both are slow. Working with the jpeg seem like a world apart for process flow. I found the whole procedure of working with these files slow and in my opinion not particularly rewarding.

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Don’t get me wrong these files are great and the RAW processing is very good indeed better than other formats as far as I can tell. However I am not sure the cost of slow processing and large files is worth the effort. I still maintain for my shooting needs and my use of photography I don’t see me at this point in time jumping into the RAW covert pack. For now I may dabble but its not a game changer, pixel peeping is not my thing either so I will be staying with the a while, however if your into playing with RAW files and extracting every last ounce of tunes from the X-Tans sensor the Apple Aperture route is a very good place to start.

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5 thoughts on “Fuji X-E1 RAW Aperture conversion

  1. Nice photos with great bokeh! I share your thoughts about shooting RAW. I am able to accomplish everything I want with JPEGs, so it’s not worth all the time spent as well as the slow speed and large file size of RAW images.

  2. Hi Simon, I am using Aperture for the development of my X-E1 files, too, and I was really happy when I heard about it supporting the x-raw-files. I think the rendering is much smoother than the other programs do it, there were always kink of worms (at 100%) in the lightroom-developed pictures.
    Yet I don´t really like the rendering of the colors in aperture, compared to jpgs the cam does.
    I was shooting completely in raw before the fuji, I had a nikon D200.
    If you want to use raw you will have to give your macbook some more ram, I have 6gb on a macbook from 2008 and there is not much of a difference in the working speed between jpg and raw. The more ram the better.

    I will stick with jpgs, too.

    1. Yeah the speed makes a big difference to my work flow. I normally process using my old G5 quad with 16Gb Ram but it won’t run aperture 3. So it runs Aperture 2 no RAW for Fuji. So one sticking with that. Who says newer is better eh. My beast Mac is 8 years old and screams with my large file jpegs from the Fujis. Regards.

      Sent from my mobile

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