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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-25-2020, 12:16 PM  
Switching from Lightroom... but where to? (CaptureOne or DxO Photolab?)
Posted By pudser
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I am currently in the middle of the transition having decided to move away from Lightroom to a combination of CaptureOne and DxO Photolab 3. This week I took the plunge and archived my LR content and dropped my Adobe subscription. I needed to force myself to use the new products 100% of the time without the safety net of the more familiar environment of LR. This post is at a point in time, I am going through this transition process as we speak and found the other posts in this thread helpful and timely. I hope that my experience is useful to others.

Reason for the move

* Cost model - I am not averse to using subscription services. I use numerous cloud storage solutions and Office365 so I will use them when I need to but I wanted to trim my ongoing monthly costs and I had the money on hand to buy the perpetual licenses

* Experience with Lightroom - I have used LR for a few years and I appreciate its capability but I never really learned to love the product. Perhaps it is because I was an enthusiastic user of Apple Aperture before they pulled the plug on it. I found the forced move to LR to be jarring and perhaps I was subconsciously holding a grudge. Humans are funny things.

* Why Capture One? - As well as being a long term Pentax user, I invested in the Sony ecosystem a couple of years ago with the a7iii and a bunch of lenses. At the time of purchase, there were a good number of offers to purchase the Sony-only version of the product. This seemed an easy entry into the platform and it consistently got excellent reviews from a good base of professionals due to its tethering support and its exclusive use for PhaseOne medium format cameras.

* Why Photolabs? - I have used numerous Pentax DLSRs over the years but I took the jump to medium format. I sold all my full frame kit and bought the 645Z and started collecting lens over time. It is now, without a doubt, my favorite camera of all time, I adore it. Unfortunately Capture One does not support a medium format system that competes(sic) with their PhaseOne camera. I think that this is short-sighted. I don't believe that the two systems are going after the same market but, hey, that's their prerogative. I knew DxO from the tests that they published so I did my research and liked what I read about the raw conversion and lens correction capabilities. I also loved that they bought the NIK collection and incorporated that into their flagship product I was an early user of NIK and I loved it so I was sad to see it stagnate at Google. I looked around for a deal and picked it up along with ViewPoint for architecture shoots.

Verdict
ONGOING ASSESSMENT - current status

CaptureOne
* It is true that is highly functional with a steep learning curve. I do find it somewhat familiar because it "feels" more like Aperture than LR. This is certainly an ongoing process and I invested in a great course form CreativeLive to help with my learning.

Photolabs
* I qualify the next statement as I need to know CaptureOne better but...at the moment I find that this product is a revelation. I found this software very usable and the way that it performs complex operations very intuitive. Generally, I like the interface. I don't know if it is because I have prior experience with NIK but I find the application of local adjustments functional and it handles the layers in a very smart way. I have found the treatment of the raw file pleasing to the eye and the lens corrections are excellent and comprehensive (all my gear was covered). I find that with the combination of the quality of the 645Z files and PhotoLabs I can pull an amazing amount of detail from the photos and manipulate the image without it appearing overdone or artificial. It can utilize the mass of data in a medium format file extremely well to get an artistic result. I recently used the ViewPoint functionality when I did a shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts. I haven't used it with my Sony images yet but I am tempted. btw Photolabs 3 has an additional capability for categorizing your content but it can't compete with the fully formed catalog system found in LR but I am fine with using keywords/tags and the OS file system as my repository.

I hope this is helpful, excuse the Photolabs bias. As I say, I am sure that as I get my head fully around CaptureOne I will find advantages of that product, it really is so functional!

I attach a test image I did with my 645z and Photolabs
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-24-2020, 01:18 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
Views: 2,581,327
A beautiful day strolling around the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I am so lucky to stay in one of the prettiest cities that I have ever been to. But always conscious of the problems blighting some of my fellow SF residents.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-24-2020, 01:20 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
Views: 2,581,327
A beautiful day strolling around the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I am so lucky to stay in one of the prettiest cities that I have ever been to. But always conscious of the problems blighting some of my fellow SF residents.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-24-2020, 01:19 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
Views: 2,581,327
A beautiful day strolling around the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I am so lucky to stay in one of the prettiest cities that I have ever been to. But always conscious of the problems blighting some of my fellow SF residents.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-24-2020, 01:16 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
Views: 2,581,327
A beautiful day strolling around the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I am so lucky to stay in one of the prettiest cities that I have ever been to. But always conscious of the problems blighting some of my fellow SF residents.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-22-2020, 08:43 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
Views: 2,581,327
Shot of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco this afternoon
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