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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, 01:20 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 15,575
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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, 01:18 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, 01:16 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
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-18-2015, 11:12 AM  
Story of Broken Promises but yet i have hope
Posted By pudser
Replies: 19
Views: 3,178
Oh I hope this is not history repeating itself but if it's due in spring of 2016 then we can be assured about the use of the latest Sony sensor!!!! I am ok to wait if that is the case
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-01-2015, 09:04 AM  
Story of Broken Promises but yet i have hope
Posted By pudser
Replies: 19
Views: 3,178
Yeh, I was just about to highlight that broken promise :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-31-2015, 02:05 PM  
Story of Broken Promises but yet i have hope
Posted By pudser
Replies: 19
Views: 3,178
As a long term Pentax user who sold all of the APS-C lens and camera models but retained the venerable 31mm and 77mm and acquired vintage FA* lens (28-70, and 70-200) and a gorgeous A* 15mm, I must admit i lost patience and bought a Sony A7r and bunch of Zeiss/Sony lens. With the subsequent release of the A7rII I am tempted but i have decided to hang fire and see what the Pentax FF has to offer in the hope that i can go back to Pentax as my primary kit. I will be over the moon if it has the new Sony 42MP sensor but would yet happy with the (relatively old) 36MP based on the one in the A7r (it really provides astonishing results). I will retain (and enjoy) my current mirrorless but there is something special about the operation of a DSLR; it's burst performance, fast focus(although Pentax could always do better at this!), and just the speed of the operation of machine itself. There is just something familiar/special about the handing of a DSLR. And yes it is big.......but there is something comforting in its bulk! So i am going to avoid reviews of the A7rII and wait with baited breath for October(sic) and the announcement of the Pentax FF specs
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-30-2014, 01:47 PM  
Full Frame news
Posted By pudser
Replies: 73
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SO.....I have taken the plunge and sold off all my APS-C Lens and K3 in anticipation of the elusive Full Frame finally arriving in the new year. I can wait a little because i have bought into the Sony FF e-mount system (an amazing line of cameras btw) but i will always keep a foot in the Pentax camp due to its unique characteristics and, frankly, nostalgia. Pentax was my first adventure into photography as a serious hobby and I love the colour rendition and the quality of the glass. Therefore i have retained my FA* 28mm-70mm, FA* 80-200MM, A* 15mm, A 300mm 2.8 and, of course, fabulous Limited duo the FA 31MM F1.8 & the FA 77MM F1.8 (plus a couple of teleconverters) all waiting for the highly anticipated FF camera. We have waited so long for this, its gotta be a killer cam!!! And, frankly, i like what Ricoh are doing with the company. They have some genuine photography kudos! (i have the GXR with m-mount module and a GR!, love 'em). Is anyone else preparing for the (hopefully)imminent arrival?????
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-06-2013, 10:00 AM  
K3 SIlver Edition Shipped from B&H Photo
Posted By pudser
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Just got confirmation that my K3 Silver Edition has just shipped, that is earlier than the predicted "end of November" date...now that's a first!

I have been looking at all the "first impression" reviews and looking forward to checking it out for myself.

The good thing about the Silver Edition is that it looks great, The bad thing about the Silver Edition is that it looks great!

A DSLR with a fast aperture lens is not inconspicuous as I would like, and that situation might be exacerbated when it looks this cool......:) Could be a thief magnet too! But I couldnt resist it, and its a great deal with the grip included...and i have a few FA* silver/black lens that are going to look pretty cool mounted to the camera

But never mind that! I cant wait until to see the output from the glorious new sensor, and the metering seems so much better from the reports so far! Seems that Ricoh have another winner on their hands like the GR. Business success means we get access to even better tools!! Good to see them fighting back!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2012, 01:21 PM  
Architecture Gravestones in Aberdeen
Posted By pudser
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2012, 01:17 PM  
Architecture Graveyard in Aberdeen
Posted By pudser
Replies: 0
Views: 523
Peaceful, Tranquil, Peaceful.......Beautiful
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2012, 01:13 PM  
Landscape Autumn in Aberdeen - Duthie Park Tree
Posted By pudser
Replies: 1
Views: 555
Trying out my new camera
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2011, 06:10 PM  
Post your DA21mm photos here!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 571
Views: 131,713
Taken on a recent trip to India. Wonderful colors to play about with
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2010, 02:32 PM  
Pentax K-5 to be announced in 2 days!
Posted By pudser
Replies: 116
Views: 27,737
i hope that the shipping time is soon after the announcement, by all accounts it seems a step forward for Pentax. I think i am going to lay down the pennies to get this one. I love the brand, and enjoy shooting with Pentax, maybe this iteration of their high-end offering will finally start convincing people to take them serious. I usually get blank stares when i tell people i shot Pentax. They are so under rated.
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