Importing raw files from Fujifilm camera to LR CC Classic

dovbaer

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Issue with the quality of raw imports in LR CC Classic to DNGs. My new camera is a Fujifilm X-T3 with the 16-55mm lens.
In short, I don't like what it does to skin tones, plus the photos often seem noisier than they should be. Is this because LR doesn't have translators for my Fujifilm camera?
Check out especially the skin just under the glasses. It seems mottled and scaly to me.
Some people on a Fujifilm forum suggest a different raw translator, but I pay $10/month and figure I shouldn't have to buy another software and struggle to make it compatible with LR.
Would Adobe Raw be any better than LR translators? I have always assumed they're the same or almost so.
Chase crop of original.jpg

Any thoughts or information would be appreciated.
 

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As an XT2 user, I've tested a few other raw converters, and I don't feel any need to move from LR or use some intermediary like X Transformer. In my view, it's essential to fine tune your settings in the Detail panel - sharpening and noise reduction. Unlike with my Nikons, I find I spend a lot of time fine tuning in this panel, but the WYSIWYG viewfinder means a lot of the interpretative aspects of the image happened when I took the picture - so the time balances out. I vary quite widely depending on subject matter and ISO, but for me, Detail's default is usually something like:
  • high Sharpening setting - eg 50+
  • low Detail eg 5-10
  • higher Masking, eg 50, so the sharpening is only applied to the edges
  • higher Luminance NR eg 50
You haven't said anything about your settings in this area.

The trouble is, when you tell people this, you usually end up implying that they don't know how to use LR properly or that they are pixel peepers. But deep down, it is what I think! Another bit of advice is to focus on the final result and examining the print itself.
 

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As an XT2 user, I've tested a few other raw converters, and I don't feel any need to move from LR or use some intermediary like X Transformer. In my view, it's essential to fine tune your settings in the Detail panel - sharpening and noise reduction. Unlike with my Nikons, I find I spend a lot of time fine tuning in this panel, but the WYSIWYG viewfinder means a lot of the interpretative aspects of the image happened when I took the picture - so the time balances out. I vary quite widely depending on subject matter and ISO, but for me, Detail's default is usually something like:
  • high Sharpening setting - eg 50+
  • low Detail eg 5-10
  • higher Masking, eg 50, so the sharpening is only applied to the edges
  • higher Luminance NR eg 50
You haven't said anything about your settings in this area.

The trouble is, when you tell people this, you usually end up implying that they don't know how to use LR properly or that they are pixel peepers. But deep down, it is what I think! Another bit of advice is to focus on the final result and examining the print itself.
John
I just ran across a response from you exactly a year ago: "A lot of the talk about a wormy look and advice about LR sharpening applies more to the earlier XTrans models like the XT1. I don't see it so much with the newer bodies, or with LR since they improved Fuji handling, and it's more of a pixel peeping thing - not something that I see in prints."
I have yet to print anything to see if the "wormy look" is still there, but we want it to look right on the screen, too. (I called the effect "scaly"). I'm thinking now that for my demands, that LR isn't doing the job. Sure, I can sharpen the heck out of it, but I lose detail and sharpness. Things I might try: compare with jpegs after importing. Don't convert to DNG if possible.
 
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