The first thing I noticed about Acros images is the very smooth transitions between tones making it perfect for landscapes, portraits, commercial still life, or any use requiring an extended, detailed capture. From the base setting the results can be punched up by adding extra shadow density and opening the highlights, all with little loss in detail in those areas.
In the sample below the top image starts with the base Acros setting. Switching to the red filter Acros setting darkens the blue sky and lightens the warm-toned building, For the bottom image I wanted more density in the sky so I boosted the shadows to an extreme +4 setting for the bottom image. This still holds details everywhere while providing much more contrast.
|In this sample the top photo was done in straight Acros film mode. The middle photo was Acros plus red filter, The bottom photo was Acros plus red filter and +4 shadows.|
Acros is a very fine grained film, and the simulation version on the X-Pro2 brings out exceptional subject detail. The film has a wide latitude and in the samples below there are no blown highlights or completely blocked up shadows. This is a black and white mode suitable for large, monochromatic prints that really do look like they have been shot on film.
If you enjoy shooting black and white film, especially on rangefinder type cameras, you're going to appreciate the experience of using the Acros mode on the X-Pro2. The experience is more than just converting a color image to black and white. It really provides the experience and characteristics of a specific film, and puts the fun back into shooting black and white on a digital camera.
|Straight out of the camera Acros jpg. Amazing because the background was completely blasted out and still retains some tonality.|