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Review Supplement: Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR Raw File Tests

By Joe Farace

In the July issue of Professional Photographer magazine, Joe Farace reviewed the Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro UVIR digital SLR, the first production digital SLR that’s capable of taking photographs in the ultraviolet  (UV) and infrared (IR) light spectrums.

Here we show the results of his testing with raw file capture.

This image was incorrectly captioned in the July issue. It should read: This is what a raw file captured with the S3 Pro UVIR looks like when initially opened in Adobe Camera Raw. For my raw file tests, I removed all color by moving the Saturation slider all the way to the left. The latest version of ACR, 4.1, only works with Photoshop CS3 but also functions perfectly with Photoshop Elements, so you can get the latest greatest raw conversion software as part of a $99 imaging program. © 2007 Joe Farace

This image was captured with a B+W 092 Infrared filter with an exposure of 1/80 second at f/11, ISO 400. When shooting landscape images with a camera with a 1.5X magnification factor, I prefer a wider angle lens than the Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) lens that Fujifilm provided. One of my favorites is Tamron’s SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di II, but that’s just me. © 2007 Joe Farace

This control photograph was captured with a Canon EOS Rebel XTi that has been converted to IR-only capture, so no filter was required. Exposure was 1/250 second at f/16, ISO 400. Compare that to the exposures with the S3 Pro UVIR. © 2007 Joe Farace

Still a best IR filter buy, I held Cokin’s 007 filter in front of the tripod mounted S3 Pro UVIR with an exposure of 1/180 second at f/11, ISO 400. © 2007 Joe Farace

This is a processed RAW file from the S3 Pro UVIR capture with a Peca 904-1 filter on the camera. The tree right of center with no leaves is a deciduous tree. (It has been a late spring in Colorado.) The pine trees show less, but some, infrared “leaf” effect since digital IR capture of coniferous trees is less vivid because they reflect less IR light. Exposure was 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 400. ©2007 Joe Farace

This is a color reference shot made with the S3 Pro UVIR at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts that was color corrected in ACR and then had the same Levels and Curves commands applied as all of the rest of the filtered IR shots. Exposure was 1/500 second at f/11, ISO 400. © 2007 Joe Farace

This dramatic photograph was captured with Singh-Ray I-Ray’s Infrared filter with an exposure of 1/125 second at f/11, ISO 400. This filter is smaller than the diameter of the Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8, so I held it in place with my fingers. Did I photograph my fingers? Yes, but I shot more than one frame and usually managed to keep at least one photo finger-free. © 2007 Joe Farace