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Fujifilm X-Pro2: Why Are Images Tinted Green?

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Fujifilm X-Pro2

In field usage, I noticed a tendency for images to have a green tint on the LCD of the X-Pro2. Given the riskiness of assuming correct color on the rear LCD, I wondered only in passing at first. But as it turns out, the X-Pro2 consistently delivers images with a green tint. Mild though it is, it will generate a nagging unpleasant feel to the color quality.

My field images shown in previous blog entries were processed from raw and are generally free of this green tint because I had made a prior determination of necessary white balance and tint in sunlight.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Color Balance: Why are X-Pro2 Images Tinted Green?

Image variants shown were generated by the X-Pro2. A 4-way comparison with and without correction lays bare the Green tint behavior, and the discussion shows what to do about it and how to assess for it. The findings with the DataColor SpyderCHECKR taken hundreds of miles away and under different conditions concur with this analysis.

Samples on 4 cloud areas
measure a green tint (a-value)

Worth noting is that prior to my zeroing in on this issue with hard evidence, I had already seen one case in which a very large magenta boost was necessary (in the Green Barn example). I remarked upon it on that page, calling it “strangely green”, which makes sense now, if the camera is green-biased to begin with.

JPEG shooters in particular are advised to take a look and assess their camera for similar behavior since JPEG bakes-in white balance and tint.

Oil Pump, McKittrick Oil Field near Taft, CA
f2 @ 1/5000 sec, ISO 200; 2016-03-22 12:37:29
X-Pro2 + XF35mmF2 R WR @ 53.4mm equiv (35mm)

[low-res image for bot]

Santiago V writes:

I am really curious about your post as I am experiencing the same issue with Auto WB. Do you think is firmware related issue and can be solved?

Is pretty annoying having to correct nearly every single photo.

Could you give me any tip for dealing with this matter?

Best regards and thanks from a enthusiastic X-Pro2 owner from Spain.

DIGLLOYD: by subscribing to Guide to Mirrorless, my tips for dealing with it are explained and shown. When I review cameras and lenses, I take a holistic approach, pointing out strengths and weaknesses, but also showing solutions and mitigations where possible.

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