Blood-pressure back to normal, FUJI raw file converted to .DNG and now... drum-roll... ready to inspect one of my first shots on computer. They looked good on the LCD display, but the monitor will tell us if they are really of good quality. I will insert the first critical shot below. When this came up on my monitor I immediately checked that I had my correct glasses on. The photograph did not look good at all! It was not in focus, it was not crisp and sharp, the only thing that I liked was the colour. Have a look below.

Granted, the colours do FUJI proud. It is as they announce in their marketing material: they have managed to convey their knowledge of colours dating back to negative colour film era to today's digital world. The colours are very, very nice and bright. Also, a purposefully under- and overexposed shot were easy to restore with Camera Raw. On my big DSLR I can recover approximately 2 stops (lighter or darker). FUJI gives me a 4-stop correction range. That is great. However, when I went into the detail of the picture, I saw this weird unsharp after-effect that I later learned is called "waxing". Here, have a look at this detail:

It looked horrible and what it implies is that this picture can never be printed at any substantial size if I want the details to be in focus. I could not believe my eyes and dived back into the manual. I changed settings, dabbled with the many on-camera buttons and saw myself driving back to the store to hand the camera back in. As I checked the Internet, however, I saw awesome shots that did look crisp and in focus and I did not want to give up. I ended up starting from scratch by resetting all setting to factory settings and starting my experimenting from a blank slate. And only then did I get better shots.I will discuss my discoveries in the next blog posts.