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Jonathon I'd be interested in your take on C1
My own is very uniformed; I've played with it, didn't like the interface except for its colour editing interface.
I didn't much like it's default output either: it looked to me like the JPEG performance of a camera that's trying to do all the work for you - an automated attempt at a final high contrast and sharpness look. I prefer to have a more neutral starting point.
But I know lots of people prefer C1; my *guess* - and it's only a guess - is that C1s defaults are close enough to their...Show more →
David, I purchased a full copy of Capture One 5 when they offered a 50% discount, mainly because of enthusiastic recommendations from a bunch of different GetDPI and FredMiranda members. It took me less than ten minutes to develop a pathological hatred for sessions, contrary to the opinion of most of the C1 user base. But I'm not interested in organizing at the filesystem level -- those session folders and subfolders drove me crazy so I stuck with LR. Catalogs were introduced with Capture One Pro 7 but for reasons I can't recall the implementation didn't feel logical to me. I skipped v8 and upgraded to v9 to keep my license alive. In response to your question I created a C1 v9 catalog and imported the contents of the same folder that is referenced by Lightroom. This made it easy to export the same file from the two different applications. Moreover, all my keywords and ratings came across perfectly. Since I was curious about any differences between v9 and v10, I downloaded and installed the free Capture One 10 Express for Sony, then created another catalog from that same folder.
I've exported five different images using the default settings in each of the three programs and I have to say that I prefer C1's output in four cases. Why? Because the LR JPEGs seem to have a faint veil over them. And it definitely wasn't that C1 was producing an automated attempt at a final high contrast and sharpness look. The LR output could perhaps be significantly improved by using a better colour profile than the the default Adobe Standard (something that's discussed in one of the articles I linked to earlier in this thread). That's something I'll definitely explore. But for the remaining image the C1 output was surprisingly worse in terms of rendering detailed highlights. One other thing to note is that while the JPEG files from C1 v9 and v10 look identical, the v10 JPEGs are dramatically smaller (as in 60-70% smaller).
I don't want to derail this thread by posting a bunch of comparison images but I am tempted now to start a new thread on the topic of Capture One (Pro) vs Lightroom. I would say though that, if switching to a superior colour profile in Lightroom doesn't yield better results, I'll be strongly tempted to upgrade to Capture One Pro v10 (without waiting for a discount). And, for anyone who only shoots with Sony cameras and doesn't want to pay for an Adobe CC subscription, Capture One 10 Express for Sony is a no-brainer. Not only is it free but there's a reasonably priced upgrade path to Capture One Pro for Sony then on to Capture One Pro.