After my series of blog posts on the Fuji X-Pro1's sensor (here, here, here and here), Sean Reid of Reid Reviews contacted me about the posts. I've known Sean since 2007, when I was developing CornerFix at the same time that he was investigating the IR issues on the Leica M8. At the time, Sean was very helpful, supplying a number of test images for CornerFix.
Unknown to me when I wrote the original X-Pro1 posts, Sean had been busy on an extensive comparative review of the Leica M9, Leica M Monochrom, Fuji X100 and Fuji X-Pro1 for an article called "Four Window Finder Cameras". As part of his review, Sean independently discovered a number of anomalies in the rendering of X-Pro1 images using SILKYPIX and Lightroom. After seeing my posts, Sean contacted me with some queries about my results. Following on from subsequent discussions, I've processed several of Sean's test images through PhotoRaw and various versions of "PhotoRaw Plus" for comparison purposes.
Sean has taken those results, and put together a really comprehensive comparison of how Lightroom, SILKYPIX and PhotoRaw each render X-Pro1 images. The result is fascinating, even for me. Sean's results cover both high and low ISO images, and, among other things, delve deeply into how each program processes noise and chroma. His results confirm several of my guesses about how SILKYPIX and Lightroom are processing X-Pro1 files, but also significantly extend what we know about getting the best from the X-Pro1. (Spoiler alert: SILKYPIX isn't as good at processing X-Pro1 images as you might think!).
Sean's site is a subscription site - Sean doesn't take advertising from anyone, and so is completely independent - but if you're thinking of buying an X-Pro1, X100, Leica M9 or Leica M Monochrom, or you already have an X-Pro1 and want to know how to get the most out of it, Sean's article is a "must read".