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| p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Comparison between Raw converters in AP mag |
I've been using (Phase One) Capture One for almost 9 years. I periodically take a file and try converting it with Capture One, ACR, and DPP, and, after comparing the results, I always decide to stick with Capture One based on what appears to me to be better quality in the converted file. I think, though, that there is probably a correlation between the quality of the conversion and how accustomed the user is to the converter being used, and I'm guessing that, if I had as much experience using ACR or DPP as I do with Capture One, the quality of the results would be closer. After having used Capture One for so long, without much thinking, I know what adjustments to make to get the results that I want. Further, the Capture One interface seems to be a better fit for my workflow.
Around the time I started using Capture One, I think it was much more popular than it is today. I'm not sure why they might have lost a good number of users, but I suspect it had something to do with cost. Since DPP is free and ACR comes with PS at no extra cost, I would guess that is why many use one or the other. While the Capture One Pro is fairly expensive, after using it for a number of years, I found that the basic Capture One (Express) actually meets my needs quite well, and I think its cost is reasonable. With discounts that are regularly available, it can be had for around $100.