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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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WillH   

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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jackk   

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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drd1135   

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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jac   

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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pcg   

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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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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HFM   

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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jac   

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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NicW   

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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misty345   

 Looks to me that regular, f/2.8 shot is way ahead reality wise. Have used X10 extensively since 2012. A brilliant camera for a mug operator. See  www.flickr.com/photos/misty3

Bought an X30,  when after 2 years and about 9000 shots, I physically upset optical view finder on X10. (Closed  a car door on the camera while in my pocket). My clumsiness,  but Fuji Australia fixed at no cost. In a panic, I probably wasted my money on the X30 but do now have nice two small pocketable cameras to play with/compare..

Have used both cameras extensively, but now am back to using mainly the X10. X30 is more advanced technically, but much prefer the X10 for smaller size and for 98% of the time, gives better image quality.  EXR mode for general use and A mode at f 2.8 for posed portraits. Completely fool proof.

I like to record accurately what I see. No false arty crafty editing. Pic no good...delete. X10 excels for this type of use.

Am still convinced that the EXR system on the X10 is well ahead for general every day use, and for travel photographers, than the later X20/X30 set up.

In real life use, the extra bulk of the X30 is very noticeable and quite an inconvenience. 

 

 

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