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Female Blackbird.

By paulbroad  
If you look at my general portfolio there is a Robin, the last image, taken with XT3 and using a +2 sharpness setting. Interested in camera sharpening. Never used it before but thought it might help with the Fuji 2X converter which is not quite as sharp as the 1.4X. This Blackbird is with the sharpness set at +4.

No sharpening in software and 2X converter used. Comments would be useful. Not easy to tell at such small sizes, but doesn't look bad at the full 26MB from camera.

Light low so set up for shoe mounted flash. Tripod used too.


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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
8 Jan 2019 1:39PM
Very nice detail. I think for most converter and manufacturers, the 2X is rarely as sharp as the 1.4X.

This seems almost too sharp!
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
8 Jan 2019 1:47PM
The mod has clarity reduced to -20, with some minor brightening overall.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2019 4:51PM
Yes, thanks Willie. so you think the +4 sharpening in camera may be a bit too much. Have you had a look at my Robin, which is +2.


dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1928 England
8 Jan 2019 5:29PM
Actually, for this subject, it's not OTT, for me. But right on the edge, definitely.

I'll second Willie's point - a x2 will necessarily give less definition than a x1.4 - or have you already discounted the difference, so to speak?
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2019 6:24PM
I use the 1.4 as standard, rarely taking it off. I can see no difference in resolution with it there or not. There is a slight loss with the 2X but this is made worse by the loss of another stop and magnification increase. Focusing is also slower with the 2X.

The dedicated Fuji 2X converter is the best I have ever used, but it demands a tripod and some care. it also tends to need the ISO boosted.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
8 Jan 2019 7:12PM
Checked the Robin Paul, - looks a tiny bit oversharp to be still. Remember you have no AA filter on the fuji and a very good lens, so sharpening my not be needed unless youve re-sized.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 810 England
8 Jan 2019 9:14PM
The same comments apply as I left on your Robin image.
It's the fine feather detail that looks 'too sharp' here. The result looks gritty, as it does stand out from the noise-free background.
Not unpleasant but as John says, on the edge.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2019 8:24AM
Thanks all. Useful info and opinion. I think the issue may be different with an A3 print rather than a screen image though? I usually smart sharpen most images but, as Willie mentions, do get quite a few from the Fuji bodies that do not need it. Always sharpen the EOS imagers.

I always sharpen images to print large. Obviously depends on viewing distance.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2518 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2019 12:24PM
I'll agree with Keith, the breast feathers have the slightly 'scratchy', 2-dimensional effect that I associate with over sharpening on feathers.

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