I love the Leica Q. It absolutely rocks!
Now I have got that out of the way, I just wanted to whip up an image taken this morning while Nick & I strolled through Southbank with a friend of ours, Hannah. Unfortunately for her, we continuously make her stand in front of the camera and today was no different. I really have wanted to use the DXO Film Pack 5 software and this seemed like the perfect opportunity
Starting from left to right we have
- The straight image
- Adobe Lightroom with simple adjustments
- Photoshop, bit of a clean up
- DXO Film Pack 5 Adox CMS 20 Preset
Talk about sharp, even wide open at 1.7 this 28mm lens is tack sharp corner to corner. What a dream lens.
DXO really have some fine presets, the Software itself is 'standalone' easy and intuitive to use. I do think they have many of the presets I use down pat. I was a avid Tri-X & HP5+ user for most of my film, these presets are spot on. I would even go as far as to say they give Google's 'Silver Efex Pro 2' a run for their money. Although not as complex as SEP2, DXO does it's job well and is really worth considering especially if you take your film presets seriously.
There is no doubt for me that post processing digital files is a must. I just can't stand strait digital files, its like watching a Soup opera on T.V flat and tacky. The Q files are a great starting point but DXO Filmpack 5 has a great selection of offerings that are just worth the mouse click.
I'm not going to harp on much longer, I just wished to grab another image taken on the Fujifilm XE-1 and give a couple of examples for a Software comparison.
These are just Strait files no tweaking. Just an example how the different software options handle the strait file. Again I must add that the image above is shot using a Fujifilm XE-1. I had these files already to go for another post, hope you don't mind