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Fuji X10 Bokeh test: Pro Focus Mode

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Friends, here's two shots of similar composition. One shot at f/2.8, max focal length, with a background of trees and branches. The other, shot from the same position, used the pro focus mode. See what you think...

Bokeh test - profocus mode

Pro Focus Mode

Bokeh test...

Regular, f/2.8 shot

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Wow, that's surprising. The 'pro focus mode' is just faked by the camera, you can see the camera's poor attempt to mask around her hair, then blur the background. I suppose this might work for shooting simple objects, but anything with detail, or people, will show the inherent flaws of the process. It works at first glance, but then you realize something is 'off'.

Thanks for sharing this @davidwattsjr! I edited your post to include the images instead of links to them.

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Tho Id say the bokeh is less appealing on the regular version

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Matt: Agreed. The Pro version is far more agreeable.

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Yulp! The Pro Focus version is more attractive to my eye too! No technical eye what-so-ever, I just know what I like..... I sorta think the young lady would agree!

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interesting, i thought the top one were regular and the bottom one were pro-focus at first glance.... then i saw the caption at the bottom of each picture....

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It is interesting isn't it... glad this was a little bit helpful. The impressive thing about this little camera is that there is so much to learn, so much to experiment with... and yet when you just want to take a picture it makes great pics... it has brought back a lot of the fun to photography for me....

dw

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It is interesting isn't it... glad this was a little bit helpful. The impressive thing about this little camera is that there is so much to learn, so much to experiment with... and yet when you just want to take a picture it makes great pics... it has brought back a lot of the fun to photography for me....

dw

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My thoughts mirror your comments. I can still take a bad picture, but it's almost always my fault rather than the X10's limitations. It also provides me with interesting options and, although it may be psychological, I really like being able to flip on the EXR mode in difficult conditions.

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thanks david, this is a very interesting pair of comparison photos.

the Pro Focus mode works better, smoother OOF - looks more pleasant and allows the subject to stand out without the distracting bokeh in the regular shot.

i didn't notice the blur around the hair until chris mentioned it, now i'm thinking the average person will never pick it up. they will just say "wow, nice portrait, lovely photo"

-- rather than.. you get the drift

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Agreed. I had to study the shot to see the faint blur. Good eye, Chris, but you're in the very small minority. The algorithm does a pretty decent good.

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It is impressive all things considered! I'm undoubtedly a perfectionist, I always notice the most minute of details. Fortunately it's a trait I can amplify in my art shows with my photography!

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are you OCD as well?

[ just kidding ] :))

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To strive for perfection is admirable. :-)

But as a friend used to say to me, more often than I liked, "Good luck."

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the faked bokeh has better quality than the real bokeh , but if you look close you can see the artificial bokeh algorithm attacking some detail in the peroimeter of the subject , especially the hair , i think it works pretty well

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Indeed, but for me the quality of the bokeh isn't that important since it's main purpose is to emphasize the subject of the portrait. Which it does very well in this example :)

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are you OCD as well?

[ just kidding ] :))

Have you seen my Parallels Series? :-\"

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very cool Chris! ;) really like the composition and colors. what are you using to process/method?

i can imagine these photos in a collection as book..

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They're for a future art show of mine, but the 'out takes' that don't make it as prints would be great to collect into a book. The wider environmental images are the ones I'm going to be showing as large 54"x38" prints.

I've shot most of them with my X100, and the earlier photos with my Canon 60D and 30mm prime.

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You know what, although the 'bokeh' is prettier in the pro focus, her skin is too red. The normal shot makes her skin tones look much lovelier. Easy enough to soften the background further in post processing, than mucking around with skin tones. I have also noticed I have to be really careful with keeping the camera still for long enough for portraits with pro focus, otherwise you get odd areas of sharp/softness around the subject. However pro focus is fab for still life.

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