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X100 - Raw file preview

J Wong , Apr 20, 2012; 03:46 a.m.

Guys, I just got my Fuji X100 after six months of research and consideration. No regret so far, rather impressed indeed. Yet, I have a situation to consult you guys. I shoot raw in B&W but then I see only coloured images when I open the files in Silky Raw Converter (as you know, comes in together with X100). This also the case when I preview on Macbook (OSX Lion). I have to change it to B&W by Silky and develop into Jpeg. But if I shoot Jpeg at the first instance, I see B&W all the way (even at Preview on my MacBook Pro) Is this normal? Forgive me if my question is too basic to raise... Thanks for your advice.

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Esko Pohjanpalo , Apr 20, 2012; 04:08 a.m.

Hi, when I select in menu the film simulation b&w, then FinePixViewer shows jepg and raw pictures as b&w in computer. For "developing" to jepg and tiff I use Rawker, which is free and suitable to OS Tiger.

Pierre Lachaine , Apr 20, 2012; 10:45 a.m.

When you select B&W in a camera that offers it but you also shoot it raw, the raw file itself is not converted to B&W. When you open it up in a raw converter like Silky, you have to tell it to convert to B&W.

Aron Burday , Apr 20, 2012; 12:03 p.m.

J, yes, what you're seeing is normal. Almost all contemporary digital cameras are inherently color devices. When you shoot raw, you're collecting data that includes color. To get B&W, you have to convert that data to a final format, such as jpeg.

This can get a lot more complicated. Although the cameras are color devices, the vast majority of sensors are monochrome. Try looking up "Bayer Array" on wikipedia, and follow links from there. The dpreview.com Glossary is also a good starting point for very basic technical information.

J Wong , Apr 20, 2012; 03:43 p.m.

Folks, thanks for the responses. I am enlightened and relieved. I did not get into digital seriously until I get the X100... I have been insisting on film for two decades until finally see something comparable: X100. Though I will not give up the film way but am sure there will be additional fun with new machine like X100 or X-1 Pro. Once again, thanks for the sharing. have a nice weekend.

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