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How to Open X-T3 RAW files in Lightroom

UPDATE October 15, 2018: Well that didn’t take too long!  Lightroom has been updated today to fully support Fujifilm X-T3 raw files.  This post may still be helpful to you though if you wan’t to know how to convert Fujifilm raw files using Iridient.  Happy editing everyone!

There is slight bug in Lightroom 8.0 regarding X-T3 .RAF files and how Lightroom handles white balance.  Click here for my post on the subject.

 

UPDATE October 10, 2018: Adobe has updated their DNG converter to version 11.0.  This version supports X-T3 raw files.  So if you don’t wish to purchase Iridient X-Transformer, you now have a free option.  I still suggest using the steps below to convert using Iridient due to it’s superior raw conversion process.

 

The Fujifilm X-T3 has arrived and so far I am liking mine.  I have only brought it out for a couple landscape shoots but after I use it more I’ll write a more comprehensive post about it.  It’s very, very similar to my X-T2, which I love, with some very welcome improvements.   One thing to note about this camera, and any new camera, is that Lightroom does not support Fujifilm X-T3 RAW files yet.  We’ll have to wait a few weeks before Adobe will update their software to open .RAF files from this brand new camera.

For Lightroom users like me this can be a bit of a bummer.  There is a workaround though.  You can use Iridient X-Transformer to convert these files to a DNG raw file that Lightroom can use.  There are some advantages and disadvantages of converting Fuji RAW files with Iridient (which you can use Google to read more on), but it’s pretty much the only way to open these files in Lightroom on October 1, 2018.

Until Lightroom is updated, here is how to do it.

 

1. Open Iridient X-Transformer and set your settings

Set your settings for how you want Iridient to handle your RAF files.  This can be tricky and you’ll have to experiment with settings to find what you like.  Note that you must own a license to the software otherwise you will get watermarks on your exported DNG.  

2. Open the RAF files you want to convert

Click the “Select Image(s) to Convert…” button to open the files you want to convert.  Once you do this the program will begin working and exporting your files.  This will all be done automatically.  You can convert all the images from your shoot, or just a selection of a few.  If you choose to convert all your files, it might take some time for everything to finish.

 

3. Import DNG files in to Lightroom

When the process has completed, you can import the resulting X-T3 RAW DNG files in to Lightroom just like any other RAW file.  

 

4. Process like any other file

Lightroom will have no problem reading these files and you can begin processing your images.  One suggestion I have when using a file converter such as Iridient X-Transformer is to keep all your original X-T3 RAW files.  This will mean you will have two RAW files on your hard drive for every shot, but you never know when you might want to go back to the original.  You can always delete any of the DNG files you don’t choose to edit right away.  

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