The latest post on luminous landscape proposes an integration of C1 and Lightroom that I have not seen before. The thread on the issues with the new leica 24/1.4 has morphed into a discussion of an optimum workflow using these two products. Since I am about to begin this process, I posted this thread to open up the discussion further and seek to learn some "best practices" . I hope nobody will mind my setting up a new post ....but the information will be hard to retrieve buried inside a discussion of a new lens.
There seems to be no argument that C1 provides the "best" raw conversions from the M8 DNG s and most other raw files ....and at a minimum its thought to be better than Adobe Raw (Photoshop and Lightroom) in every instance.
The LL suggests using C1 for importing and the basic raw conversion using C1 camera profiles and I assume you favorite default settings. Only setting of your white and black points would be done in C1. A TIFF would be exported into a folder of converted files.
Lightroom would start with this file and all further adjustments ...cropping,white balance,color, sharpening , noise etc would be done in LR. This I believe is quite different from how most forum members have described their use of C1. The tutorial renders an opinion that the results are essentially the same as having completed the processing in C1.
This workflow has the advantage of starting with the best conversion available (C1) and then leveraging LR for its Local Area adjustments and DAM capabilities. But I believe there are still some limitations(which I hope I can live with as this looks to be a nice improvement to LR alone).
1. I now have an extra copy of each image to manage in my DAM system. LR alone has just the Raw file and the catalog which includes your detailed adjustments. Nice that you can always revisit the original Raw file as the software improves . LR does not appear to reference the raw file in any way ( I am sure I can find it but its not as effective as the search capabilities within LR). This might mean I would be going back to the TIFF for most searches and not the Raw file.
2. Since the imports are done in C1 .....the selection and ranking process is done in C1 . This is a real bummer as LR does this as well as any . Spending more time in slection and ranking is the best way to speed the workflow. Only work on images that count toward your goal.
The above approach would seem to work with other raw developers as well say Capture NX for converting your Nikon raw files.