The first thing that struck me about my XT5 shots is how neutral and natural the colours are. They feel very similar to my original XT1. When I moved to the XT2 the colours felt a little warm, and in the XT3 many images had a purple tint as well. I should stress these colours all felt natural, but they definitely had a tint that was difficult to remove.
The IBIS of the XT5 is extremely powerful. This makes it great for shooting handheld with the Fuji prime lenses which aren’t stabilised. But it also works fabulously well with the stabilised lenses.
Something else that’s surprised me (and that I can’t yet fully rationalise) is that my Fuji 16-80 lens appears to perform better on this camera than on my XT3. I’ve yet to use the temperamental Fuji 16-80 in testing conditions, but I’m beginning to wonder if that lens was originally engineered with the XT4 or XT5 in mind.
When used on the XT3, I’ve always found the corners and edges of images shot with that lens were a little soft at the wide end. Because of this I would often stop the lens down to around f/13.0. But when I use this lens on the XT5, I’m not seeing this soft edge effect. In fact, I found myself able to shoot many landscapes at f/8.0, whilst achieving good depth of field. This was though partly due to my next “discovery”.
Something that I noticed after shooting this photo inside Norwich Cathedral is that the corners of my 14mm Fuji prime were soft and didn’t have enough depth of field. I put this down at the time to having only used an aperture of f/8. But then I saw the same effect when in the Lake District when using the Fuji 10-24 lens at f/11.0. I did a few experimental shots and was surprised to discover that my usual focus point positioning was too close to the camera; a lot too close. Whilst the centre of the frame was pin sharp, I could see the circular area around the edge of the frame where focus dropped away. But by moving my point of focus out by a few meters, the entire image seemed to snap into focus, even at quite wide apertures. I need to investigate this further but wonder if something has changed in the lens and camera mount design that’s affecting the best point of focus.
And all this may be part of the reason for some of the claims that earlier lenses like the Fuji 10-24 aren’t good enough to cope with the XT5’s increased megapixel count. The reality may be that they are not well engineered for this camera body.
But there’s something else that may be affecting the results which is the RAW processing. I’ve always maintained that Lightroom doesn’t do a great job of displaying the Fuji XTrans RAW file unless you first use the Enhance Detail mode. Most of the comparisons criticising lenses like the Fuji 10-24 show their comparisons in Lightroom. Whilst I don’t use the Enhance Detail or Super Resolution feature (in Photoshop), I do pre-process my images using DxO PureRAW 3. Here’s a comparison, although I don’t know how well it will show in the email.