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Just got the upgrade for HDR Efex 2, and while the interface is different enough (and the presets different too) that in some cases it can be difficult to replicate an HDR Efex 1 shot, overall, the conversion seem to be much faster as well as much more realistic.
Take this shot, for example. I took this last November, and it's a handheld 3 shot HDR on a windy day. The source images didn't line up. The best I could really do with this file with Lightroom 3 and HDR Efex 1 was the following, and it took about 45 minutes of cloning to get rid of ghosted edges on the dock and horizon as well:
I reprocessed it today in HDR Efex 2 and Lightroom 4.1 (which helped get a little more highlight data), with a more realistic look and the automatic ghost removal, which uses a reference image to eliminate ghosts. Does a wonderful job! No cloning at all needed, more realistic tone mapping and, to my eye at least, a much more pleasing result!