For what it's worth - I bought the 60mm macro for my X-Pro1 and ended up being surprised at how close it "didn't" focus. I was expecting to be able to get a LOT closer. I came from a Sigma 50mm macro that would focus INSANELY close to anything I put it in front of - where the 60mm Fuji macro was just nowhere near that in my honest opinion. I ended up returning it after just not using it enough at all to justify the cost.
For the first half hour with it I thought something was seriously wrong with it, because it refused to focus close up, then I realized I had to back up quite a way to get it to focus. It just wasn't for me in the long run. But again this was coming from a pretty extreme close up lens on my Nikon D700.
Zach from Visual Supply gave this info on a previous thread and I feel he can explain it much better than I can - so here you go:
I'm Zach, the lead product developer for VSCO Film and I just wanted to chime in here. First off, thanks Danny for the post! Love it so much. So, what I think you guys may not be clear on is that we've added custom camera profile support for the X100, X10, X-E1 and X-Pro1, which is a lot more than just some generic presets. I personally photographed with all of these cameras, ran them through our test process, compared them with our actual film scans and built these profiles, and that's where a lot of the time and cost comes from. It’s a meticulous process to do it precisely, rather than just throw out a pile of one size fits all sort of presets. What we're doing is quite different than other companies, as it's not a plug-in or a pile of generic presets, but rather specific products for specific combinations of films and digital cameras.
Anyways, I REALLY love the risks Fuji is taking with these cameras and the amazing community and body of work that is emerging from them. So I'm so stoked to be able to support these wonderful cameras with VSCO Film!"
Does that answer some of what you were looking for?
To get this thread back on track (I'll admit I probably didn't help that)
I don't do much to the JPEG settings in camera except for messing with the highlight and shadow tones. You can get some pretty cool stuff with those settings.
What "I shoot JPEGs" means is that....I shoot JPEGs, and I've never felt that it was "unwise." On my Fuji cameras I set the image recording to JPEGs and then I take photographs. I see some photographers that treat the rules of RAW like the photo bible. I just don't buy into that. I just want the best image, if that means I have to stand on my head and wear clown makeup to get it, that's what I'll do. On my Fuji cameras I get a better finished product with JPEGs as I've stated many times that I don't like what Fuji RAW files look like. I actually "hated" what Fuji X100 RAW files looked like.
For me - at the end of the day do I need a 50mb RAW file of a cup of coffee to forever store in my vaults? Nope. JPEG's just fine by me.
Now on my Nikon and Canon full frame cameras, I shoot RAW, but that's an entirely different story.
Hey. Thanks. Yes - these are processed with LR4. On my X-Pro1 (this was also the case with my X100) I basically always shoot JPEGs. This is for a few reasons. On the X100 I just really didn't like what the RAW files looked like - at all. The X-Pro1 is my grab and go camera, and my processing for those images are sort of the same way. Just quick things around me, put up on my blog, etc.
I always shoot RAW with my "big boy" Canon camera for paid gigs but basically always shoot JPEGs with my X-Pro1.
This is great info. In my specificed post my photos were all processed with the custom Fuji profiles. Those are something a lot of us have been interested in for quite a while.
In terms of the actual cost: In my personal opinion the cost is quite easily justified - for a product that literally "finishes" basically every photograph that I take, it ends up being a really important part of my workflow.
Haha no worries, I hear ya. I think they're on sale right now though? For like $89? Down from $120. Still a lot for some people just for presets. There is truly a TON of stuff in VSCO Film 03 though, for what that's worth.