Lion of the Blogosphere

Advice about raw converters

The website dpreview published a comparison of three raw converters earlier this week. If you recall, there was a discussion about raw converters in one of my recent blog posts.

Based upon reading dpreview’s review, I think that Lightroom sounds like the better way to go over DxO Optics Pro, even though Lightroom costs an extra $50 at current prices ($149 vs $99). Lightroom just seems to have more features, plus, and this is a very big plus, there is a lot more instructional material out there on the web about Lightroom, and as I mentioned before, these programs are very complicated.

Regarding the price, be warned that when Adobe releases a new version of Lightroom, they will stop adding support for new cameras into the previous versions of Lightroom. So if you buy a camera in the future, you will have to buy a Lightroom upgrade if you want to be able to develop the raw files from the new camera. Furthermore, Adobe’s new policy is that you can only get the reduced upgrade price if you upgrade from the most recent version. So you should look at that $149 purchase as something that will only last you until your next camera purchase.

Lightroom is worth $149 if you’ve paid for a camera that provides you with raw files; without Lightroom or a similar program, you can’t take full advantage of what your camera is giving you. Once again, I recommend the Panasonic LX7 as the best inexpensive camera that provides you with raw file capability. That camera tends to go on sale for $299 every so often, if you are patient.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Posted in Photography

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  1. what do you think about just buying an old DSLR on ebay for ~$200-$250

    None

    January 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    • I think that people think their old cameras are worth more than they really are. You can buy a brand new interchangeable lens camera for $250.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    • Unless you get an incredible deal, it’s probably better to pass on older digital cameras. I’d make an exception for a very nice semi/pro-grade DSLR with at least 11 megapixels, (like a Nikon D90) but I doubt you could get one for the price you are mentioning. The optical sensor quality and the internal software of digital cameras has been improving so fast that it’s not uncommon for Nikon’s cheaper consumer SLRs to wind up with better sensors than the pro models, simply because the consumer model was released more recently.

      David Flory

      January 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

  2. Screw Adobe’s bloatware. This is the best software for digital photography:
    http://dl-c.com/content/view/47/74/

    norman

    January 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    • I actually used that in the past back when I was too cheap to buy Adobe, and I am so much happier now that I have Adobe.

      But of course, any post-processing software is a lot better than none at all.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 26, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      • Tell why you are happier. What is it that you need to do that Picture Windows does not do much facter and more intuitively?

        norman

        January 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      • Adobe has more features, and the features are easier to use with a better interface. The massive amount of R&D that Adobe has to throw at Photoshop shows itself.

        Plus, Adobe products are easier to learn how to use because of the many instruction sources out there.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

  3. I use Capture One 6, but not the pro version. For what I do, it’s good enough, and it doesn’t want to install all that Adobe Crap with it (and it’s cheaper in the non-pro version than Lightroom).

    If I were to try to go pro right now, or were just starting out, I’d seriously consider Lightroom. But I don’t have enough ambition for my photography right now to invest the time in learning a new product. I did look into Corel Aftershot, but there was one thing which I do regularly which is *much* easier in Capture One than in Aftershot so I didn’t buy it when my trial was over.

    Anthony

    January 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM


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