I've been doing some more work on the raw file workaround that I wrote about yesterday.
This produces sharper images for me than either the out of camera jpgs. or using the Silkypix / Fuji software. In fact with a combination of this and a slight boost in saturation and contrast, I was able to produce files that resembled those from a certain hand built German camera, very closely indeed.
One extra thing I had to do was make sure that the highlight protection in Silkypix was at its maximum, as the Fuji X-Pro 1 does have a tendency to produce blown highlights.
The other thing that I noticed was that when I developed the files using the Super Neutral preset, at 100% there was some slight moire present, though this was easily removable in Adobe Camera Raw.
Though this is a process which adds time to raw file conversion, certainly the finished files I get do look more like the files I have obtained from other sensors that have no AA filter. While the jpgs. from the X-PRO 1 are undeniably very good indeed, until now using this process, I hadn't seen that lovely 3-D crispness that it so evident from the Leica M9 and the Sigma Foveon sensor. Now its there and the images on my screen look very good indeed.
There is a very slight amount of luminance noise that occurs because of the extra sharpening I use, but overall the files look great. When I factor in the great high ISO performance from this sensor, then it is indeed a serious contender for the accolade of the best digital sensor. So far!!
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