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I revisited Photomatix yesterday, doing 5-shot RAW images with a 1Ds3. Awful, awful, awful! Very odd and gaudy, and that seems to parallel the experience here. And as Bif said, Photomatix is sooooo slow.
I have simple needs: I just want to increase DR a stop or two to make believable looking high contrast scenes with some extra shadow and highlight details. Typically, I shoot glancing light on landscape and architecture. Most of my needs are handled in regular LR using the highlight, shadow, and clarity sliders.
The tools I have available are the Photomatix, LR4, and PS Elements 10, all of which seem to have some capability to extend DR. I have DPP, but I don't think there is anything there to address blending or composited exposures.