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    sclamb
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    Capture 1 at default destroys fine detail.....

    I noticed something in a few pictures and looked into it further using different raw processing software on M8.2 pictures. What I was noticing is that detail was looking mushy in some pictures and I thought it might be the lens, but now I see it is how C1 processes by default.

    When you open a DNG file, C1 has the following set by default on the details tab:

    Noise Reduction

    Lunimance: 25
    Colour: 40

    Sharpening

    Amount: 130
    Radius: 0.8
    Threshold: 1.0

    It is the luminance noise reduction that is making much of fine detail turn to mush, and it is not really needed at ISO160 anyway.

    Here is a 100% crop of a picture taken at ISO160 that was processed using the C1 defaults as listed above:



    Here is the default NR settings but with sharpening set to 190/1.3/1.0:



    Here is the same area cropped but with Liminance set to 0 and sharpening set to 190/1.3/1.0:



    The detail is much better and has not been destroyed by the default NR. I suggest turning off the Luninance NR unless it actually help for high ISO shots.

    I know it is hard to tell with such small samples, but give it a try and you will see the difference. I can report that Aperture and RPP do not cause this mushing of fine detail as they do not set NR by default.

    Simon

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    Re: Capture 1 at default destroys fine detail.....

    No drop the luminance down to like 10 or zero on ISO 160 stuff you do not need it. You can save that as a default as well so ever time you use C1 it will default to that . Or if you have multiple systems you can set as a preset than name it M8 and say your Canon at another default BUT BUT you have to remember when you bring in the Canon or M8 files to select a image than select that preset you want than select all copy the settings than apply to all the images. I do this with WB all the time. But remember to deselect before you start processing or you will be processing every file. Yes i have done this several times and they need to change this so when you click on one thumbnail it deselects everything.
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    Re: Capture 1 at default destroys fine detail.....

    Thanks Guy. I now have some M8 specific settings saved as defaults so that C1 opens with them by already set. Just seems odd that C1 sets luminance NR on by default.

    Simon

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    Re: Capture 1 at default destroys fine detail.....

    C1 could use camera/ISO specific defaults like Lightroom has.

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