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| p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Comparison between Raw converters in AP mag |
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...
I used C1 beginning around 2001, shortly after I started shooting raw. I had some trouble with color management on my Windows system (my problem, not intending any OS OT discussions), and when I switched to Mac in 2003 I found that Capture One was much harder to work with in its Mac version. Meanwhile, Adobe kept improving Camera Raw, and as I was a constant PS user then, I went with that. By the time Lightroom reached version 3, I found its raw conversions did almost everything I wanted, and my PS use diminished exponentially. The cataloguing and file management is an important part of my workflow too, so now I mostly live in LR 4, and pay little attention to announcements of improved raw processing in DXO, C1, etc. I know how to get what I want, so I'm happy.
I know the preceding is a long winded, partly OT screed. The main point:
A careful comparison of raw converter results is nice, but for many of us the final choice comes down to all the factors in our personal work and workflow. All of the software has improved, as have cameras, so while there are still IQ differences, they are usually subtle compared to the effect of our shooting and processing technique.