Capture One Fujifilm Edition

Capture One Pro 11 Fujifilm version. A first look.

Posted on Tue, 25th Sep.
Update on Wed, 26th Sep.

Today with the begin of the 2018 Photokina edition we got some great news for the Fujifilm fans and user, as you should know I am one of those! 🙂

First of all the new medium format camera, the Fujifilm GFX 50R, then the announcement of the future GFX 100 Mp and more than ever, a new special version of the Capture One dedicated to Fujifilm users

This a very nice and welcome addition, since Phase One got already something similar for the Sony camera. Now is time for us, Fujifilm users!

Someone of you may say that we had already support for Fujifilm camera on the regular version of Capture One Pro 11. It’s true, but there was not a direct support on the tethering shooting and especially, there was no support for the GFX camera series. 

All these issues seem to be addressed with the new specific Capture One Pro 11 Fujifilm edition.

So I’ve just downloaded the Demo that is fully working for 30 days. I’ve to say that the demo doesn’t have any export watermark limitations, so seems to be 100% functional.  

First impressions on Capture One Pro 11 Fujifilm 

Looking at the photos just imported in Capture One Pro 11 Fujifilm, the quality of the conversion and colors are very good and natural when you have a correct white balance from your raw shots.
So when you open these files in Capture One, without any edit it seems already they have a nice color balance. Although I couldn’t find anywhere the advertised “film simulation support”. Maybe that will be a demo limitation, but I was expecting to find the beloved “Classic Chrome”, “Astia” and so on Fujifilm color profiles.*

* Read the update below

The workflow in Capture One is a bit different than in Lightroom: if you have past experience in raw develop with different software as Lightroom and Photoshop, you will not find any difficulties to master the sliders. The point is that Capture One from the initial install is a bit more “confusional” than Lightroom. But one of the advantages of Capture One over Lightroom is the possibility to re-organize your working space, moving the palettes and creating your own personal workflow.

My personal advantage of Lightroom over Capture One Pro

  • Direct Fujifilm Color simulation that mimics almost perfectly the JPG shots in camera as the “Classic Chrome”, “Astia”, “Velvia” and so on. *
    * Read the update below
  • I prefer the cleaner interface of Lightroom.
  • Can’t find the before / after editing button like in Lightroom. Yes in Capture One you can do pressing the ALT button and press on the “back arrow” but it isn’t the same as the one button way to go. 
  • I’ve found the filtering of Capture One a bit more difficult to master.
  • I prefer the Copy / Past of the photo editing of the Lightroom easier to use than the one in Capture One.
  • Lightroom has the strong advantage of the Cloud system that allows you to sync your photos with the mobile app on any Android and iOS devices. It’s not existing (at the moment) a Capture One mobile App.
  • The spot and correction tool of Lightroom is far away faster and easier to use. 
  • I’ve found the general responsiveness of the brushes to be a bit faster in Lightroom than in Capture One.

I want to point that these are just my personal opinions: I’m a Lightroom user and teacher since the Beta 1 released in 2007 so it’s normal that is difficult to jump directly on a different software and workflow and be fast in the operations.

My personal advantage of Capture One Pro over Lightroom

  • I think the biggest advantage I can say at the moment of Capture One Pro over Lightroom in the workflow, is the possibility to edit/tweak the photos even when you’ve more pictures on the screen. In this way, you can balance them looking in the group of similar shots in the session.
  • I Love the Loupe function to see some part of the photo.
  • The skin advanced editor is an impressive useful feature.
  • I really appreciate the export simulator, that shows you the final exported file with the resolution and sharpening you’ve set with the export options.
  • Curve for Luminosity (change the luminosity of the image but not the saturation) and a separate curve for the RGB values.
  • You can personalize all the keyboard shortcut for any setting. For example, you can set your combination of preferred buttons to raise/lower the exposure, saturation and so on. 
  • The highlight and shadow recover are much more precise than the one in Lightroom.
  • We’ve you have full layer support. In this way, you can plan your edits using different layers as in Photoshop. There’s some limitations since you’ve to use specific layers for the kind of editing you want to do (like the specific layer for the spot removal).
  • Love the grain simulation of Capture One. Seams to be more “organic” and convincing than the one in Lightroom. 

Version of Lightroom used: Lightroom CC 7.5
Version of Capture One used: Capture One Pro Fujifilm 11.3
Camera used: Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with 35mm f/1.4

Update 25/9/18:

I’ve been informed that the official film simulation support is coming with a future update. In my opinion, this decision sounds a bit strange since this was the first reason that I was downloading the Demo version of Capture One 11 Fujifilm to test the quality of the film simulation compared to the one in Lightroom. 

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  • Pauline Tims
    Posted at 06:37h, 29 October Reply

    I am hoping you can help.i have capture one pro11
    I just purchased the Fuji xt3
    I’shoot RAF files
    When I import the Fuji RAF files from XT 3 to Capture One
    Pro 11
    The image turns purple
    Is this a Fuji bug
    Or a capture one bug
    RAF files from XT 2 are fine

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 10:29h, 30 October Reply

      Ciao Pauline! I think your problem is related about Capture One 11 and the fact there’s still some issue on the Fujifilm X-T3 since is a relatively new camera on the market! I’m sure that with the next update they will fix the problem! 🙂

  • Carlo C.
    Posted at 19:59h, 28 September Reply

    Ciao. Articolo molto interessante. Però io vedo un sacco di rumore stile “vermetti”, specialmente sulle gambe della ragazza. Disturba proprio, la pelle diventa molto brutta. Non è che ha problemi con x-trans? Hai provato a fare il confronto con X-tranformer o altri software dallo stesso file RAF?

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 21:25h, 28 September Reply

      Ciao Carlo. Allora diciamo che penso come sai, demosaiciizzare l’Xtrans è abbastanza difficile. Lightroom al momento presenta maggiormanete il problema che hai evidenziato mentre penso che Capture One al momento faccia un lavoro migliore. Considera che io ho lasciato le imposatazione di dafault per quanto riguarda la riduzione rumore e sharpness in Capture One, quindi potrebbe essere che lavorando sulle impostazioni si possa ad arrivare ad un risultato migliore. In ogni caso, al momento penso che il programma che ritorna il dettaglio migliore sia Iridient Developer / Iridient X-Transformer anche se c’è da dire, che con i file che transformo in DNG con Iridient X-Transformer ottengo un rumore superiore a quello che ho di default con Capture One. Insomma sembra essere una coperta corta che tiri da una parte e tira fuori altri problemi dall’altra! 🙂

  • Steve
    Posted at 19:08h, 26 September Reply

    There is a bug with the X-T3 files where it renders RAF files as purple. After to-ing and fro-ing with Support they came back with the following info –

    “Hi Steve,

    Yes, this does appear to be a bug specifically within Capture One’s rendering of the X-T3 files. I currently don’t have a fix for it unfortunately.

    Best regards,

    Phase One Technical Support”

    Seems it’s not all it’s cracked up to be!

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 19:14h, 26 September Reply

      Oh, thanks to reporting that! Well probably the Fujifilm X-T3 is kind of new camera in town, so they still have to tweak a bit more the .raf conversion! 🙂

  • Geoff Oliver
    Posted at 18:59h, 26 September Reply

    Thanks for this appraisal, it matched more or less my own experience, I also download C1 for the first time ever today. I tried the Express version for a couple of hours this morning and liked what I saw, also watched a tutorial on YouTube. But wait, the Fujifilm Pro version is subscription only? That’s disappointing since many people looking to leave Adobe are doing so precisely to avoid the subscription trap. I guess I’ll just stick to the free version for now and evaluate whether it’s worth stumping up for the full C1 Pro licence once the Fujifilm film profiles have been added.

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 19:12h, 26 September Reply

      As pointed Stephen below, we could eventually purchase the perpetual license of the full Capture One 11 Pro version, witch one include all this specific Fujifilm support + the one for the other hundreds of other cameras…

      Yes, I’m also waiting with much curiosity the film simulation implementation from Capture One! 🙂

  • Matt Sawyer
    Posted at 18:46h, 26 September Reply

    my question is about the speed of the software. Is C1 any faster at rendering previews at 100%. What about exporting and importing?

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 19:08h, 26 September Reply

      Well, for what I see now, C1 Pro takes a bit more time during the import process but it processing already high-quality preview files (on the resolution you set in the preference panel) to work during the development. Then if I want to see a 1:1 preview zooming in the photo, it takes just a little second to process the file, so I would say it’s quite fast.
      On the export process I can say that is fast, but at the moment I haven’t export more than 20 photos together, so I can’t judge so much! 🙂

  • Chris Hutcheson
    Posted at 16:23h, 26 September Reply

    Disappointed to see that it’s subscription only.

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 16:31h, 26 September Reply

      Mhm yes. Seems the model business to use for the software companies in these days. Adobe did the move with the Creative Cloud already some years ago and many others are moving to this business model.

      But let’s consider that if you use the software professionally, but also on as an enthusiast amateur photographer, to pay an update every year is something to consider in the budget… Unluckily we know that photography is an expensive passion! 🙂

    • Stephen Scharf
      Posted at 18:54h, 26 September Reply

      Its not subscription only. You can buy a perpetual license for Capture One Pro Universal, which provides full Fujiflm support and tethering for the top 6 cameras, for $299. Exisiting Version 11 license holders can upgrade to 11.3 for free.

      • Alessandro Michelazzi
        Posted at 19:03h, 26 September Reply

        I think Chris was referring to the fact that the specific new version addressed only for Fujifilm is not available to buy as a perpetual license.

  • Mikael Tjemsland
    Posted at 16:07h, 26 September Reply

    Thanks for your round-up. I generally agree with your findings. However, for me, the main reason to stick with LR is library module. There is a lot of good applications for RAW development (C1, Irident etc.) , but I have not yet seen a DAM (digital asset manager) that is on par with Lightroom.

    • Alessandro Michelazzi
      Posted at 16:14h, 26 September Reply

      Ciao Mikael! Yes, I do agree! The Library module in Lightroom is just cleaner and the filters selections work easily. I know there are the same options in Capture One but I have the feeling there’s always some more passages in clicks to do compared to Lightroom.
      But let’s spend some time on it to get used to the different workflow and let’s see if I can get more comfortable with Capture One too! 🙂

    • Tommy Williams
      Posted at 20:02h, 26 September Reply

      If you’re willing to use two separate programs, the DAM capabilities of iMatch blow Lightroom away. I’ve been waiting for years for Lightroom to catch up.

      • Alessandro Michelazzi
        Posted at 11:07h, 27 September Reply

        Thanks! Although I think one of the big advantages of Lightroom is the fact that the program becomes in the years the tool most used in the industry. Is a bit like Photoshop, even if there’s another faster and cheaper new tool as Affinity Photo, we still stay stick to Photoshop ’cause of workflow compatibility with colleagues and printers.

  • Deepak panchal
    Posted at 20:01h, 25 September Reply


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