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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Geez Bill i am starting to get excited about this, not good.
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    I'll have to give that a try. I haven't used C1 for awhile and don't even know which version I have ... what version are you using Bill?

    I also think I heard that Aperture does a good job.

    If any of these RAW conversion options gain a stop in noise reduction over LR-2, then this A900 is definitely a contender.

    I'm using C1 4.5.2. I've tried Aperture - it's generally even better, but not by a big enough margin to make it worth using yet ANOTHER application!

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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    I'm using C1 4.5.2. I've tried Aperture - it's generally even better, but not by a big enough margin to make it worth using yet ANOTHER application!

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    Yeah, I plan on exploring Aperture this coming year a bit more than I have because it directly supports my Hasselblad MFD files ... which of course C1 doesn't do

    If I win the Lotto, I'll hire Jack or Guy to finally teach me how to use C1 ... don't know what it is about that software, but I still cannot get the hang of it, and my workflow grinds to a halt when I try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Yeah, I plan on exploring Aperture this coming year a bit more than I have because it directly supports my Hasselblad MFD files ... which of course C1 doesn't do

    If I win the Lotto, I'll hire Jack or Guy to finally teach me how to use C1 ... don't know what it is about that software, but I still cannot get the hang of it, and my workflow grinds to a halt when I try it.
    I used C1 for a bit, and found the results fine (but not really better than Aperture), but the workflow awful . . . . except for events, where it wasn't so bad.

    The point about Aperture is that it's great for a co-ordinated library (i.e. amateur or fine art) - so simple to keyword and find all the pictures taken in a certain area or of certain people etc. etc. When working for a client a shoot tends to be a shoot - so you aren't looking to be able to combine shots from a number of different shoots.

    Mind you, I've used Aperture for a few weddings over the last year, and it works well there too.
    My use of photoshop has reduced dramatically now I have the NIK plugins for Aperture - viveza and silver-efex pro work really well in combination, and the clone / repair tool in aperture is great as well. So, for me, these days I only use PS for perspective correction.

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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    C1 in almost every camera i have used does a better job with regards to noise than anything else I have used . This includes the M8 , DMR and certainly my Phase files. Would not surprise me the Sony files as reported would also be about a stop better than LR which is what I have found in almost everything. Now i would love to see a ISO 1600 files in C1 if anyone gets the chance
    In the MR test, Aperture-2 did the best of all RAW developers, visibly better than C1 ... I don't have time right now to try Aperture=2 ... but I'm not doing so badly using LR-2 while processing a huge wedding I shot on New Year's Eve.

    When I get a minute to myself, I'll post a couple of shots ... one thing I can say is that the Sony 70-200/2.8 APO I just got and used for that wedding is absolutely terrific !!!!

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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Marc, after your first big shoot with the A900, can you provide an opinion on using the Sony vs. the D3? Does your initial enthusiasm still hold?

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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Quote Originally Posted by KurtKamka View Post
    Marc, after your first big shoot with the A900, can you provide an opinion on using the Sony vs. the D3? Does your initial enthusiasm still hold?

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    Hey, Kurt, I'll do a separate thread on my real world A900 experience ... (which is basically a thumbs up ... ), because it would be lost in this thread I think. However, the Sony will not replace the Nikon D3/D700 since they more compliment each other rather than compete.

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    Marc,

    I like Aperture 2 also, however it is temporarily broken for use with the Hassy files. Ever since Apple updated the camera raw file a few months ago, it no longer works on the Hassy files. After import you just get a white background with pink splotches. It was supposed to be fixed in the 2.4 raw update, but was not. Still waiting.

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    Re: Hassaelblad H3 / Mamiay AFdIII / A900 test

    Quote Originally Posted by harmsr View Post
    Marc,

    I like Aperture 2 also, however it is temporarily broken for use with the Hassy files. Ever since Apple updated the camera raw file a few months ago, it no longer works on the Hassy files. After import you just get a white background with pink splotches. It was supposed to be fixed in the 2.4 raw update, but was not. Still waiting.

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    Thanks for the heads up on that RAY. Because I use so many different cameras ... even on the same job ... I tend to convert everything to DNGs and process in LR-2 because the work flow is fast for what I have to do.

    However, for "special cases" I'd like to revert to the best software for any given camera ... and wish I could get the hang of C-1 .... I'm pretty slow at Aperture also ... at least compared to LR-2

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