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I was wondering whether anyone has been using PSE v3 for long enough yet to have an opinion on the raw conversion ? As I have v2, and no raw conversion software other than the camera-supplied stuff, I'm trying to decide whether I'd be better to upgrade to PSE v3 or to buy a stand-alone raw conversion package such as Capture 1. Thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.
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As an inveterate fiddler I've tried a lot of them. From experience I would rate as follows (for canon 300D) from "best" to "worst" as RAW processors:
C1 > PSE3 > PSP/9 > DPP > EVU
rating on ease of use, flexibility and quality of processing and finished image
When I factor cost and general utility as an image processing tool it becomes
PSE3 > PSP/9 > DPP > EVU > C1 (Irfanview is in the top end somewhere but I find it a bit "clunky" to use - but it is free!)
I regularly use combinations of PSE/3 and PSP/9 as they each have tools the other doesn't.
Hopefully you will get input from others (who may well have a different judgement) and who may also be able to advise on other cameras' specific RAW processing software.
Another worth looking at is Breezebrowser. Like C1 it has a trial version so you can see what you get before splashing the cash.
Thanks to you both.
I use both C1 DSLR PRo and PS E v3. I was very disappointed with the E v3 conversion, they were not very good at all. I shot with a 10D in raw mode. I will be sticking with C1 as the conversion/exposure tool and only using E v3 as an adjustment tool. Most of the time I am very happy with the out of camera photo and that C1 provides all the neccessary tools for adjustments. E v3 was to be the cleanup of odd unwanted objects in the photo.
A further thing I find wrong with E v3 is the user interface is very clunky with all those added features, not an easy product to use compared to E v2.
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