Fuji XF 55-200 Vignetting

Darmok N Jalad

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So I picked this lens up used because I thought I was going to be waiting a long time for the 70-300. Good news is, I found a 70-300 that is on its way to me. Now I’m trying to evaluate this 55-200 to see if I should hang on to it or return it. I took several shots of a raptor in a tree on an admittedly gloomy day, and the vignetting is quite noticeable on every shot. Both camera and lens running the latest firmware. I’ve never seen vignetting like this on the various M43 gear I’ve shot. These were the RAF files, run through DXO PureRAW v2, which apparently doesn’t know how to handle Fuji vignetting. The Fuji JPGs seem to remove it just fine. Is this fairly normal for this lens, or is it just normal in Fuji/APS-C?
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MountainMan79

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I’ve seen DxO get a little overzealous in vignette correction for numerous brands/lens combos unfortunately. Sometimes they’re dead on, but sometimes they’re not. Unsure about PureRaw, but in PhotoLab there is an ‘intensity slider’ for the vignette correction. Turning it down to 50-70ish will typically fix what you’re seeing above quickly and easily. Hopefully you have that option available, or the ability to turn the vignette correction off entirely.
 

DeeJayK

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Keith
I'm guessing that some (most?) :mu43: telezooms have some similar native vignetting, but that the lens corrections for that vignetting are simply baked into the ORF and JPG files. It seems that is the case here with the X Series JPG. Probably just some incompatibility between the Fuji RAF files and the DxO software.

On a short tangent, Fuji's files are a bit notorious in presenting challenges to general purpose photo imaging applications, which some apps address better than others. There are apparently some good reasons to choose certain apps over others. For example, some claim Capture One has some advantages over Lightroom. I'm not sure where DxO falls on this spectrum.

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pdurand

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Pierre
I'm guessing that some (most?) :mu43: telezooms have some similar native vignetting, but that the lens corrections for that vignetting are simply baked into the ORF and JPG files. It seems that is the case here with the X Series JPG. Probably just some incompatibility between the Fuji RAF files and the DxO software.

On a short tangent, Fuji's files are a bit notorious in presenting challenges to general purpose photo imaging applications, which some apps address better than others. There are apparently some good reasons to choose certain apps over others. For example, some claim Capture One has some advantages over Lightroom. I'm not sure where DxO falls on this spectrum.

- K
I am a Fuji and Capture One user. I don't remember for which lens, but sometimes I have to correct the vignetting myself. Fortunately, Capture One's tool to do this is easy and effective.
 

pdurand

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Quebec, Canada
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Pierre
Eight years ago, when I engaged in Fuji system, I dropped DXO because they were not supporting Fuji's X-Trans files. I choose Capture One because, at that time, Photoshop was renowned to be not very good with X-Trans files and I never looked back. As far as I know, it is only in is last version that DXO support X-Trans files. Maybe they need some time to correct few flaws...
 

Darmok N Jalad

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Since I was able to score an XF 70-300, I ended up sending the 55-200 back. I figure with the range overlap and the 70-300's better MFD, I wasn't likely to use the 55-200, plus it was a little more beat-up than I was expecting for its rated used condition. I haven't noticed the vignetting as much on the 70-300, but maybe I just haven't gotten in the same situation as I did with the sample photo. Honestly, I don't think PureRAW works as many miracles on RAFs as it does with M43 files. Side-by-side comparisons of PureRAW output and Fuji JPGs don't make the extra step worth while, especially since it looks like you lose the film recipe.
 

Irene McC

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I agree with @gryphon1911

I've absolutely loved the images coming out of my 55-200, which has accompanied me on many journeys over the past 5 years.
Editing in Capture One I've never seen anything at all like the OP's image above. Looking back over images processed in LR,
those also don't show that type of vignetting. It must be related to the processing done by the DXO engine, I'm assuming
 
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