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Brody - I was a longtime holdout, even after many people told me how much superior RAW conversions from C1 were compared to other programs (this feedback was from Sony, Canon, Nikon cameras, not even for Fuji). I got C1 for half price during their Photokina special last year and haven't looked back. I still catalog in Bridge/LR, but results in C1 are really a cut above.
Can you share what you set sharpening and noise reduction to in-camera, and then what you use in C1 to retain the maximum amount of detail? I use +1 and -1 respectively, but am...Show more →
I pretty much always shoot RAW (sometimes +fine .jpg) in Hi.Neg film simulation with -2 highlight, -2 shadow, 0 sharpness, 0 NR, -1 colour.
In C1pro7 I do sharpness amount 350, radius 0.4, threshold 0.9.
Noise reduction usually varies depending on ISO, but I typically do about 40/30 on luminance/colour respectively.
Generally, I set clarity to around 25 and have toyed around with bringing structure down -5/-10. I find this helps get rid of the watercolour type effect, especially at high ISO.
Typically the RAWs look a little flat at first so I usually add a bit of contract and bring up the black point via levels.
One thing I've noticed is you need to be careful not to over-sharpen files in C1pro7 as they start to show false detail pretty easily.